ELI Project Director, Liberia
Rev. Chuck and Sheree McArthur
Sheree and I met at Belhaven College in 1980 and married the following year. After two years in youth ministry at the First Presbyterian Church in Biloxi, we accepted an invitation from the African Bible College to move to Liberia with our newborn son. I developed and taught some Christian Education classes while Sheree taught the missionary children in a one room school house. While there were plenty of challenges to grow our faith, we had a marvelous two years. The Bible College was then and is again a “teacher’s paradise” as the students are so committed to learning everything that is offered them. At the completion of our two year term we entered seminary at RTS in Jackson, Mississippi. By the time we got out we had three sons.
Since then I have been privileged to plant and pastor two wonderful churches in Florida, New Hope PCA in Eustis and Cross Creek Church in St. Johns. A veteran teacher, Sheree was recently recognized as North Florida’s elementary literacy coach of the year. While we both have so much to learn in ministering cross culturally amongst desparately poor people, our God-given experiences seem to us and those who know us best to fit well with what God is calling us now to do.
Over the last 22 years we have followed with great interest the progress of our students at ABC as well as the destruction of their country and the college during a civil war that spanned 14 years. The war crimes and atrocities left deep scars both on the country and on the souls of the survivors. My first trip back was in 2006 with then ELI Director Don Mountan. The physical, educational, and spiritual devastation I observed gripped my heart and has not let go. On annual pilgrimages we heard the cries of pastors and school teachers pleading for more training. This resulted in a strong sense of call from God to resign the pastorate and devote our energies to serving Liberian pastors and teachers.
In January of 2015, Don Mountan recommended to the board that I take his position as the Executive Director of ELI. While I continue to work with my 25 national instructors in Liberia, my responsibilities now include growing the organization for maximum Kingdom impact for the glory of God.