Our Pastor

Pastor Charlie

Pastor Charlie

Rev. Charlie Rumpel served as our interim pastor beginning in September 2012 and was installed as our permanent pastor in January 2014.  He is a native of Charleston, SC. After college, he served as a Marine Corps Supply Officer in the early 70’s. Charlie met Elaine Watkins at Camp Lejeune in 1972 and they were married in December, 1974.

After attending graduate school at the University of South Carolina, he embarked on a 27 year career as a CPA specializing in taxes with three international accounting firms that took them through the Carolinas and then onto Tampa.

Elaine, a Georgia native and University of Georgia graduate, was initially a social worker working with abused and neglected kids and later owned and operated a flower shop aptly named Elaine’s Enchanted Garden in Tampa. They were not blessed with any children but have had several cats and dogs, including their 15 ½ year old mixed chow Streeter.

In 2003 God called Charlie to leave his career behind and move to Dallas to complete his seminary studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. After pursing several ministry opportunities in Jacksonville, he entered the ordination process of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the fall of 2009. He was ordained at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in January, 2012 and served as their interim pastor through August 2012. .

During his ministry Charlie has focused his efforts on being there for God’s people in their time of need in their homes, hospitals or wherever God leads him. His prayer is that we will all love God with our whole being and our neighbors as ourselves as led by the Holy Spirit.

Charlie enjoys playing golf, hearts and spades and following University of South Carolina athletics, while Elaine enjoys decorating, flower arranging and using her talents around the house. We are all blessed to be part of the Weirsdale family.