Sunday’s Preacher

Rev. Charles N. Pickell

A native of Haddonfield, New Jersey, Charles N. Pickell is a graduate of Juniata College in Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He has engaged in additional study at both Harvard University and Andover Newton Theological School, and has participated in summer study programs at St. Andrews and Edinburgh Universities in Scotland and the University of Durham in England.

Dr. Pickell was ordained to the ministry June 6, 1952 and served churches in Atlantic City, NJ and in the Pittsburgh and Boston areas before moving to National Capital Presbytery where he ministered for 31 years in three different churches.  He retired January 1, 1994.  Charles and his wife Sally had a house built on Pantops Mountain just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia and moved there in November 2000.

Dr. Pickell has been Moderator of Boston and National Capital Presbyteries and of the Synod of New England and chaired the Council of the Synod of the Virginias.  In addition, he served on the Boards of Trustees of Westminster College in Pennsylvania and Gordon College, and Gordon Divinity School in Massachusetts, and was an adjunct professor at Gordon Divinity School.  He was also an incorporator of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.  He is the author of five books, and has written adult church school curriculum, as well as articles and poetry for Christian periodicals such as Christianity Today.  For nearly thirty years he was a volunteer firefighter and chaplain for the Fire and Rescue Departments of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.

In retirement, he has served as Parish Associate at the Leesburg (VA) Presbyterian Church, and from 2001 to 2008 at the First Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville.  He is presently a Parish Associate at the Meadows Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville where he has been since the fall of 2008.

Charles and Sally have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

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