Charlie is a 1968 alumnus of Johnson Bible College. After serving in the Army for three years, he ministered to churches in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky for forty years.
After serving twenty years at Harlan Christian Church he retired in 2011, however he continued preaching part time at Mt. Olive Christian Church in Jonesville, Virginia; First Christian Church in Cumberland, Kentucky; and the Wallins Christian Church in Wallins, Kentucky. His love for preaching has brought him out of retirement and he is now serving as full-time minister with the Harlan Christian Church again. He is married to Joyce Ann (Hagy) Morris, has three children, and five grandchildren.
Pastor Chris came to Harlan in August of 2016. Chris was born and raised in the small sleepy river town of Madison, Indiana on the banks of the Ohio River. Pastor Chris graduated high school in May 2004 from Madison Consolidated High School and then received a Bachelors degree from Louisville Bible College.
Pastor Chris has a heart and a passion to see the lives of students changed through the power of Jesus Christ. Pastor Chris is very involved in the Harlan community and the Harlan school system.
In August of 2018, Pastor Chris married is wife Rachel and welcomed her son Landon. In February 2019 Rachel and Pastor Chris welcomed their daughter, Lily Grace into this world.
Rachel has been a member of Harlan Christian Church since 2014. She moved to Harlan from Northern Kentucky in 2013, and knew it was God's plan to make Harlan her home. Rachel serves on the praise and worship team, helps teach children's church, and is now the church secretary.
Rachel met her husband, Chris Wheeler, in 2016 when he took the position as Youth Pastor. They are now married and raising their son, Landon. In February 2019, they welcome their daughter, Lily Grace into this world.
Rachel feels very blessed by the Lord, and is thankful for her church family and now her position at Harlan Christian Church. She is currently pursuing an education in teaching, and enjoying the life that God has blessed her with.
I have worked at the Harlan Christian Church for 36 years now and I enjoy my work. I have met a lot of people over the years and have seen a lot of our youth grow up over the years. I am married to a wonderful man, Denny. We enjoy taking walks, talking about things and focusing on our future together. I enjoy cooking, working puzzles, reading and collecting DVDs.