Charles L Perry

Chuck PerryMy name is Chuck Perry, and I am an ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have served as a chaplain in the Hunt County Detention Center (HCDC) for the past 8 years, the last three years as Head Chaplain. I serve as an Elder; teach Sunday School, teach Overcomers (a 12 step program) in my church as well as Hunt County Detention Center (HCDC).

I come from a broken home and family. My parents were divorced when I was five years old and my sister was two. My Aunt was given custody of us and we moved from Georgia to live on a farm in N. Florida until I was eleven and my sister was eight. My mother re-married and my aunt relinquished custody. I was not raised in a Christian home or in a church environment. From time to time I attended Baptist and Methodist churches with friends strictly for social reasons.

As a child, while still on the farm, I attended a healing tent meeting and saw the power of God touch people. This awakened a spirituality within me that has never been quenched.

After moving back with my Mom, I spent summers with my Dad who lived in Daytona Beach, Florida. My Dad had changed his life and was a Deacon in a Baptist Church. I graduated from High School at sixteen and was saved in a small Missionary Baptist church in Daytona Beach that summer. I ran to the altar and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I felt the whole world lifted from my shoulders.

My Pastor and mentor recognized that I had a calling on my life and encouraged me to enter Stetson University. Though his efforts, I received a scholarship and majored in business and ministry. During college, I took four years of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

After college, I joined the U.S. Air Force and became a helicopter pilot. I served almost nine years during which time I flew for 14 months in Vietnam. Eleven of those months myself and a few select others flew a top secret mission for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). At that time the agency did not have a helicopter with the range or payload required to perform the mission.

After the military, I flew Sikorsky CH-3E helicopters as a pilot, and field service trouble shooter. I ended up going back to Vietnam for sixteen months as an agency contract employee. Sikorsky continues to be a leader in technology. Our choppers were used to protect our men, deliver them and their equipment to critical areas in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and bring them back to safety.

My greatest business accomplishment was owning a helicopter company that has operations in the U.S., South America and Europe.

My most unfilled desire is to teach in a school in the mission field that trains Pastors and key workers.

I found early on that God has to be the #1 priority in my life and that He can and will use us no matter what our situation and circumstances. I have been blessed to hold many leadership positions in the churches I have attended. I have had the blessing and privilege of mentoring three pastors during my life. God has given me an unquenchable hunger and thirst for the Gospel. God has been so kind as to show me numerous situations where men and women find Him, have a change of heart, and change their lives. I believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and know even at 76 years of age I still have the God given power, stamina and good health to be of service to my Lord and Master.

The Holy Spirit has given me enlightenment in teaching. Inmates at Hunt County Detention Center have said, “Nothing can come between me and my relationship with God.” We are seeing positive changes in the lives of inmates.

helicopterSkorsky Helicopter CH-3E is equipped with armor-plate, refueling probe, and machine gun armament served with the Air-Sea Rescue units in Vietnam, where the aircraft was given the nickname ‘Jolly Green Giant.’

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