About H.B. Charles, Jr.

Let me start by answering the first question you have about me.

What does H.B. stand for? Answer: Nothing. For real. H.B. is on my birth certificate, driver’s license, and passport. My dad did it to me. And I did it to my son.

Here are some other basic facts about me.

I am the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, where I have served since the fall of 2008. I am primarily responsible for preaching-teaching, vision casting, and leadership development – along with all the other tasks that are a part of pastoral ministry.

Prior to coming to Shiloh, I led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding my late father, I began my pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen – a senior in high school.

Outside of my ministry to and with my congregation, I regularly speak at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country. I have contributed to several books and journals. And I write at this blog site about life, preaching, church, books, and other stuff. I publish new posts 3-4 times a week.

I am blessed beyond measure to be married to the girl of my dreams, Crystal. We have three terrorists… I mean, children: H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey. They are the best!

My Contact Information

You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

Please note: If you would like to invite me to speak for your upcoming event, it would be best to contact my assistant, Nicole Clark, at nclark@smbcjax.com.


This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.