Pastor Pretlow has nearly three decades experience in ministry, pastoral counseling and leadership training. He completed his basic Bible classes at Seattle Pacific College and finished his undergraduate work at Central Washington University in Business Administration and Computer Science. His military training in leadership and as military instructor, along with years of coaching athletics adds to a well-rounded approach in leadership instruction, mentoring and training. It was in 1973, while in the Marines, that he came to know Christ and then in 1974 started his ministerial work.
Charles relies on his extensive knowledge and understanding of Scripture, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and Christ’s teachings as well as the work of the Holy Spirit that brings the fullness of Christ to the sincere believer. His approach in shepherding those in his care is companionate, firm, and by example. His preaching, teaching, and discernment are encouraging and uncompromising concerning the false, the game player, and the wolf. He presents Christ’s teachings and leadership principles often overlooked or avoided. Years of preaching, teaching, and counseling with gifts of the Holy Spirit required the need to understand and apply all that Christ taught. He has concluded that the harder words of Christ, when embraced brings death to the carnal self-life, leading to the fullness of life in Christ, and that too many Christians are led to take shortcuts resulting in a counterfeit walk with Christ.
His first self-published book was in 2004, when he began to write extensively on the sorrowful condition of the body of Christ, the false teachings misleading so many, and the desperate need for true recovery from a crushed spirit and damaged emotions—that can only be worked out in Christ. Having authored over ten titles, he continues to write in a style that is straight forward and to the heart of the issues besetting God’s people today.
Charles clearly sees and burdened in the Lord—the stark reality that most Christians are not prepared for the coming troubles that God will use to make His church without spot or blemish—if you will, to become rapture ready. Many will be like the five foolish maidens who did not have enough oil for their lamps and missed Christ’s appearance. (Matthew 25:1-13). In the end many “on fire” charismatic Christians will find themselves “locked out” from the wedding feast, hearing these words from Christ, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness“ (Mathew 7:23).
This blog is dedicated to encourage the sincere believer in Christ to wake up now and get ready, before they hear the midnight cry, “Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6).