Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman
The Reverend Charles E. Goodman, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. Pastor Goodman is a native of North Carolina. Before beginning his kingdom assignment at Tabernacle, he shepherded the Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church located in Salem, AL for 3 ½ years.
Pastor Goodman graduated at the top of his class from James B. Dudley High School in 1997. He also attended Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC where he graduated with honors. His hunger and desire to be enriched intellectually and spiritually led Pastor Goodman to matriculate to Candler School of Theology located on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He graduated in May 2005 with a Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Homiletics and Black Church Studies. In addition to providing leadership to the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Pastor Goodman completed the Doctor of Ministry Program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, with a concentration in Preaching for the 21st Century in May 2009. Pastor Goodman has also been blessed to participate in the Institute of Preaching and Pastoral Renewal program at Candler School of Theology on the campus of Emory University, which allowed him to travel abroad to preach and study in the Holy Land in the spring of 2006.
Pastor Goodman commenced his preaching ministry at the age of 21 and Pastoral ministry at 23. God has favored him by allowing tremendous and explosive growth to accompany his ministry. His first congregation became the fastest growing congregation in East Alabama in just three years. After faithfully serving at Pleasant View Baptist Church, God elevated Pastor Goodman to become Pastor/Teacher of The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, GA in December 2006 at the tender age of 27. Even though Pastor Goodman has only been at Tabernacle Baptist Church for a short while, his tenure has been marked with success. Under his leadership, the ground breaking and construction has been completed on the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center facility that houses the administrative and ministerial arm of the church. This is just the beginning of the vision God has given him to develop the Tabernacle Baptist Church Campus. He has also hired additional staff to help to meet the needs of this growing congregation with a membership which exceeds an excess of 3,000 people. As the Under-Shepherd of The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church, Pastor Goodman is proud to follow in the footsteps of great Pastors and Preachers who preceded him, men such as: Dr. C. T. Walker, Dr. C. S. Hamilton and Rev. Otis Moss III.
Pastor Goodman was inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in April 2008. He was also recognized by the African American Pulpit as one of the “20-to-Watch” Young Preachers under the age of 40 in the Summer 2008 issue, at the age of 28, one of the youngest to ever achieve both of these distinctions. His sermon, “The Curse of Being Average” was also featured in African American Pulpit, Judson Press, Summer 2008 issue. Pastor Goodman was voted one of “America’s Most Loved Pastors” in the September 2006 edition of Gospel Today Magazine. He is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
With a practical, yet insightful and charismatic preaching style, Pastor Goodman is dedicated to spreading the good news of the Gospel to everyone he meets. He is a sought after speaker, revivalist and lecturer, who is called on to empower and encourage the people of God as he travels the world proclaiming the Word of God.