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Dr. Charles Self (1950-2018)

On Thursday, May 24, Dr. Charles Self passed from this life to his eternal reward in Heaven. In honor of Dr. Self’s life, ministry, and love for Nazarene Bible College, this Communicator will be dedicated to his memory.

Dr. Self served Nazarene Bible College for 16 years. During that time he advised and supported thousands of online and campus students. In my travels, I often met students whom Dr. Self had encouraged and guided in their studies. They regularly asked me to tell Dr. Self “hello” when I saw him.

When the graduates came for commencement, they often sought out Dr. Self to thank him for his support and help. Dr. Self also served as an adjunct instructor on campus and online. He was always willing to help when needed. He assisted our faculty and students as a technical advisor when they were struggling with computer issues. One adjunct instructor wrote, “Chuck was my go-to-guy whenever I had a problem with my computer.” Another adjunct instructor wrote, “Chuck helped me many, many times. He was always patient with my questions.”

Whenever I brought visitors through the online department, Chuck would greet them with a warm smile and handshake. I recall seeing him walking around the Apostle’s Court during his lunch break, camera in hand, ready to capture what his eye and heart saw.

We honor the memory of Dr. Charles Self, a faithful follower and servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kathy and family during this time of loss. “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.”

Harold B. Graves Jr. President

Obituary and Biography

Charles Lee Self of Peyton, Colorado, went to be with the Lord on May 24, 2018 at the age of 67, having been born on August 24, 1950. A celebration of his life will be held at Eastborough Church of the Nazarene, 4123 E. Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO at 10:00 a.m. on June 9, 2018.

Charles was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Johnny and Ethylene Self, where in his youth he fell in love with the Arkansas Razorbacks. In school, he was in the band and choir, with a love for music, and especially, playing the guitar. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served during the era of the Vietnam War. After finishing his service, and in preparation for the ministry, he attended Point Loma Nazarene College and Nazarene Theological Seminary.

He served as lead pastor to churches in California, Arkansas, and Texas. While in Texas, he completed his Doctorate of Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary. Nazarene Bible College was the place God called him next, and he served there from 2001 to 2018. During this stage in life, he found his favorite hobby to be photography and spent every possible moment taking pictures wherever he could point a camera lens.

While at Point Loma Nazarene College, he met the love of his life, Kathleen Parsons. They were married for 43 years and had two children together, Jennifer (James) Egan and Charles (Abby) Self, Jr. Charles Sr. is survived by his mother, Ethylene Self; Aunts, Imogene Bryant, Oweda Jones, and Pearl Jones; two brothers, Truman Self and Eugene Self; a sister, Karen West; numerous nieces and nephews; his wife, children, and 6 grandchildren; Logan, Leilani, Alexander, Oliver, Evelyn, and Charlotte, with one grandchild on the way.

Filed Under: Blog Published: 05/31/2018

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