Rev. Dr. Charles E. Goodman, Jr. Biography
The Reverend Dr. Charles E. Goodman, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, GA. Before beginning his kingdom assignment at Tabernacle, he shepherded Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church located in Salem, AL for three and a half years.
A native of Greensboro, NC, Dr. Goodman attended Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, where he graduated with honors. His hunger and desire to be enriched intellectually and spiritually led him to matriculate at 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 Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dr. Goodman enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, with a concentration in Preaching for the 21st Century, and graduated in May 2009. Dr. Goodman was blessed to participate in the Institute of Preaching and Pastoral Renewal program at Candler School of Theology, which allowed him to travel abroad to preach and study in the Holy Land in the spring of 2006. Moreover, Dr. Goodman was able to return to the Holy Land in January 2013 as a Progressive Baptist Convention delegate to study and speak. Dr. Goodman completed his Master of Management degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Cambridge College and graduated in December 2014. Dr. Goodman currently serves as Assistant Professor of Religion in the Department of Humanities on faculty at Paine College in Augusta, Ga.
Dr. Goodman was voted one of “America’s Most Loved Pastors” in the September 2006 edition of Gospel Today magazine. In April 2008, he was inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. Dr. Goodman 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 of 2008 issue. At the age of 28, Dr. Goodman was one of the youngest to ever achieve both of these distinctions. His sermon, “The Curse of Being Average” was also featured in The African American Pulpit, Judson Press, Summer of 2008 issue. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Goodman’s sermon received its second publication in the Progressive National Baptist Convention’s The Best of PNBC: The First 50 Years, Volume 3. He can be seen weekly on the "Kingdom Living" TV Broadcast and he can be heard daily on the radio in the CSRA with a "Spiritual Vitamin from PG". On June 15, 2012, Dr. Goodman’s testimony was featured on “The 700 Club Interactive.” Dr. Goodman was recognized by Outreach Magazine in their September 2014 Outreach 100 issue as one of the Top Ten “Youngest Mega-Church Pastors” in America. Dr. Goodman has also published and released three books entitled "You Can't Run from Purpose", “Road to Recovery” and “The Flip Side of Favor.”
God has favored Dr. Goodman by allowing tremendous and explosive growth to accompany his ministry. While serving in his first shepherding assignment, it became the fastest growing congregation in East Alabama. After faithfully serving at Pleasant View Baptist Church, God allowed Dr. Goodman at the age of 27, to become Senior Pastor/Teacher of The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, GA in December 2006. Dr. Goodman has been at Tabernacle Baptist Church for eight years and his tenure has been marked with much success and growth. Under his leadership, the ground-breaking and construction of the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center facility that houses the administrative and ministerial arm of the church has been completed. Land has been acquired and renovations done to modernize the current facility and enlarge the campus footprint. Dr. Goodman has also hired additional staff to help meet the needs of this growing congregation with a membership that exceeds 6,700 members. Due to this tremendous increase, Tabernacle Baptist Church is now "1 Church in 2 Locations" with a new multisite location – TABWest that began in January 2015, with 4 weekend worship services every weekend. As the Under-Shepherd of The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dr. Goodman is proud to follow in the footsteps of great pastors and preachers who preceded him, men such as: Reverend Dr. C. T. Walker, Reverend Dr. C. S. Hamilton and Reverend Dr. Otis Moss III.
With a practical, yet insightful and charismatic preaching style, Dr. 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 upon to empower and encourage the people of God as he travels the world proclaiming the Word of God.
CREATED TO WORSHIP, CALLED TO PREACH, CHOSEN TO LEAD