john charles

John was born into a Lancaster County, Mennonite farm family, but at age eight his parents took the family to Brazil, South America, where they did missionary work for over ten years. As a child he committed his life to Jesus Christ and believes that decision was the most important one of his entire life.

He returned to the USA for college, where he met his wife, Sharon. After graduating with a BA in Pastoral Ministries, he served as a youth pastor in Indiana, followed by three years of missionary service in Brazil.

In 1979 he returned to Pennsylvania to assist his parents, Norman and Betty Charles in the founding of Abundant Living Ministries. Since 1985 he has been the organization’s director and enjoys the variety of responsibilities he has carried… administration, counseling, teaching at seminars, and generally overseeing the 33-acre ALM property. He especially  enjoys assisting couples and individuals who are facing crisis situations find renewed hope and practical skills for dealing with their problems.

John and Sharon have four grown children and nine grandchildren (so far!). He enjoys travel, learning about all  types of transportation (the bigger the better!), playing the piano, and especially spending time with Sharon and his family. And he is extremely grateful for the opportunity he has at ALM to share with so many, the life-changing principles of Scripture.

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