Charles Shoemaker was born and reared in the Chicago area , where he was converted to Christ at the early age of eight. God used the bus and AWANA ministries as a means to reach Brother Shoemaker with the gospel.
At the age of sixteen, Bro. Shoemaker was called to preach. After completing high school, he attended and graduated from the Institute of Biblical Studies of Liberty University, earning a diploma in Bible. He also has earned a Bachelor's degree (B.R.E.) in Pastoral Theology, a Master's degree (M.A.) in Biblical Studies, and a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) from Nova Southeastern University. He has received honorary doctorates, including the D.D. degree from Midwestern Baptist College, the L.H.D. degree from Liberty University, and the Litt.D. from Temple Baptist College.
Dr. Shoemaker has been in full-time ministry since 1975 having served as a church planter and senior pastor. Dr. Shoemaker travels extensively speaking in churches and pastors' conferences, and his travels have taken him to all fifty states and several foreign countries.
Dr. Shoemaker currently serves as a church planting missionary and President of Church Planting America - a missions agency promoting church planting in the United States and throughout the world. God has used his conferences and writings to minister to pastors all across the country, and his articles have appeared in numerous publications.
He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 37 years and reside in Jacksonville, Florida. They have two daughters, Amy and Emily; two sons-in-law, Dennis and Michael (all in full-time ministry); two grandsons, Charles and Daniel, and two granddaughters, Michaela and Sophia. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Shoemaker enjoys reading, writing, and politics.