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 schoolhouse. At the completion of our two-year term, we entered seminary at RTS in Jackson, Mississippi. By the time we graduated, we had three sons and a passion and calling to plant a church.
Over a 22 year period, I was blessed by God to be able to plant and pastor two wonderful churches in Florida: New Hope PCA in Eustis and Cross Creek Church in St. Johns.
Meanwhile, Liberia suffered a 14-year civil war. 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. I continued these pilgrimages for about 5 years until God lead me to resign from the pastorate so that I could join ELI and focus on training pastors in Liberia.
In January of 2015, Don recommended to the board that I take his position as the Executive Director of ELI. While I continue to work with my 45 national instructors in Liberia, my responsibilities now include growing the organization through the recruiting and coaching of staff as well as vetting potential new national partners.
A veteran public school teacher of 24 years, Sheree took early retirement in 2015 to care for her mom who had a stroke and needed to move into our home in St. Augustine, FL. We are also delighted to have added to our family a wonderful daughter-in-law and 3 handsome fun-loving grandsons.