Charles has a background in electrical engineering within the telecommunications industry. He has an MDiv from Denver Seminary and an MTh from the Laidlaw Graduate School. Charles, with his wife Gwen, spent some years in pastoral ministry before joining the teaching staff of Laidlaw College in Palmerston North in 2001. He assumed leadership of Laidlaw’s Distance Learning in 2003 and also teaches in biblical studies at the Henderson and Manukau campuses. Charles and Gwen have two adult daughters. The family worships at Titirangi Baptist Church, where they are all actively involved.