Charles Simpson is an internationally-known author, Bible teacher, and pastor, serving in ministry since 1955. His humor and story-telling often carry a deeper message that is prophetic in its timeliness and timelessness.
Born in New Orleans in 1937, Brother Charles grew up as the son of a Baptist pastor in the bayous of Louisiana, and then later in southern Alabama. He responded to God’s call into ministry in 1955 at the age of eighteen, and two years later, he became the Pastor of a small Baptist church in Mobile, Alabama. Brother Charles completed his Bachelor’s Degree at William Carey College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1959, and attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 1964, he experienced a profound personal spiritual renewal and began traveling and teaching in churches worldwide. He became widely recognized as a pioneer in the modern Charismatic Renewal Movement. Charles Simpson became part of the inaugural issue of New Wine Magazine, an international publication dedicated to Christian Growth, in 1969. During the next seventeen years, Charles wrote and served alongside other notable Bible teachers on the board of New Wine, including Don Basham, Ern Baxter, Bob Mumford and Derek Prince.
Brother Charles and a team of pastors founded Covenant Church of Mobile in 1973, based on organic home cell-groups centered on making disciples of Jesus Christ and extending Christ’s Kingdom around the world.
In 1985, out of a strong ongoing emphasis on praise and worship, New Wine gave birth to Integrity Media which became the largest praise and worship music company in the world, led by Michael Coleman. (Brother Charles served on Integrity’s Board of Directors from 1985 to 2011, until Integrity Media became part of the David C. Cook Company.)
Charles Simpson is the author of numerous books, including Courageous Living, The Challenge to Care, Ants, Vines and Churches, and Straight Answers to 21 Honest Questions about Prayer. He served as the Senior Editor of The Covenant and the Kingdom Bible study curriculum and contributed commentary for the Spirit-Filled Life Bible. Brother Charles received his honorary doctorate from the American Center for Theological Studies in 1998.
Today, he serves as a spiritual father to many pastors and as a consultant to churches and businesses, traveling and ministering globally. He is the Editor-in-Chief of One-to-One™ magazine, and is a featured writer in every issue. Under the banner of CSM Publishing, One-to-One and its related website, audio, video, books, and monthly Pastoral Letters reach around the world.
Charles resides in Mobile, Alabama. His wife of 47 years, Carolyn, went home to be with the Lord in 2008. Charles has three adult children and nine grandchildren.
Stephen Simpson never wanted to be in ministry. But at the age of 17, after leading a double life as a preacher’s kid and amateur rebel, he surrendered to God’s call on his life to be an encourager and a networker. Since 1981, he has served in publishing ministry, street and mercy ministries, youth ministry, camps, small group leadership, mission work, church planting and leadership, and speaking internationally.
After receiving his Bachelors of Arts degree from Spring Hill College in 1984, he served as an Editorial Assistant for New Wine Magazine and an Audio Engineer for Integrity Communications. He also did freelance writing for other publications, including FatherGram, Mobile Monthly, and Gulf Coast Christian News. Stephen did post-graduate study at Reformed Theological Seminary and Liberty Ministry Training Institute.
In 1987, he became the Editor of Christian Conquest Magazine (now One-to-One), as well as being a featured writer and interviewer. Stephen also served as an Associate Editor for The Covenant & the Kingdom Bible Study curriculum.
In addition to publishing ministry, Stephen has served in leadership for churches and ministries in Costa Rica, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Michigan, as well as being the Senior Pastor of Covenant Church of Mobile (2004-2013). He continues to travel in ministry across North America and in other nations.
Stephen lives in the Mobile, AL, area with his wife of 30 years, Susanne. They have one adult daughter.