Church Planting America (CPA) was birthed in the heart and mind of Charles Shoemaker in 1983, while serving as Senior Pastor of an independent Baptist church. From that time Charles has been involved with helping birth new churches for over 35 years. When Charles graduated from Bible school in 1975, with a passion and burden for church planting and the leading of the Lord he planted his first church, and two others were to follow. For several years he worked alongside one of his mentors in ministry and fellow church planters, Dr. Grant Rice, as a full-time church planting missionary—helping scores of qualified men plant churches across America.
Charles’ life was greatly impacted by a church plant when he was in high school. As teenagers, his wife, Sharon, was converted to Christ, and he was called to preach in that very same new church in Chicago. From those early days to now, he has loved church planters!
In 1995 when God called Charles to be the president of Trinity Baptist College, one of his deep desires was to see young men plant churches—to God’s glory, many have answered that awesome call! Now, once again, he is extremely excited to be involved in helping God-called church planters realize their dream of birthing a new church in an area in need of the soul-saving, life-changing gospel.
CPA is a nonprofit Florida corporation, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. In practical terms, CPA functions as a church planting missions agency, assisting and encouraging local churches as they seek to birth new congregations.
Currently the Board of Directors includes local church pastors, an attorney, a licensed General Contractor, and a church finance specialist. In the near future, the Board will expand to include additional pastors and successful church planters, and a real estate consultant. Such a diverse Board of Directors will not only bring spiritual passion and pastoral experience to the table, but will also include knowledgeable and skillful men of finance, law, construction, and real estate. Such guidance will prove invaluable to church planters as they complete the enormous and challenging task of planting and establishing a new church.
The hope of America does not rest with religious broadcasting, Fox News, or the Emergent Church Movement. To address the myriad of woes gripping the hearts and minds of Americans, vibrant, Bible-preaching, soul winning churches are needed.
During the past decade (2000-2010), on average, 3700 churches closed their doors each year. We must respond to this crisis by birthing new churches—churches which will stand firm on God’s Word and be a beacon of hope in a dark world. Our goal is to “Impact America...one church at a time.” That means at Church Planting America we are committed to helping men launch new Baptist churches in needy communities throughout the United States. Currently we are working with church planters in some 12 states and we look forward to helping scores of other churches in the future! As we work together God will use us to see CPA gain needed exposure so our ministry will grow and expand, impacting America one church at a time!