I already know the first question you have about me. So let me start there.

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 and Orange Park, 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 go along with pastoral ministry.

Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, 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.

10419029_10205342883911946_791176667969090162_nI am the author (or contributing author) of several books…

I also write at this blog site about life, preaching, church, books, and other stuff. I publish new posts 2-3 times a week.

I am also the host of The On Preaching Podcastthe podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

cd05344I had the joy of writing and leading several songs on the Shiloh Choir CD: Joe Pace Presents: H.B. Charles Jr. and the Shiloh Church Choir.

Listen to the Cutting It Straight with H.B. Charles Jr. radio show at 6 AM on 97.9 and 10 PM on Praise 107.9.

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


  • It was a joy to preach three times today at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix. My friend, Bishop Alexis Thomas, moved upstairs a month ago. I was honored to be asked to minister to this great but grieving congregation. Please keep the Thomas family and Pilgrim Rest Church in your prayers.
  • It was a joy to preach for Jack Graham tonight at the Prestonwood Baptist Church Men’s Conference!
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  • It was a joy to preach chapel at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary today! @nobts
  • Praise God for life and ministry of Billy Graham!
  • Teaching associate ministers this morning about crafting effective sermon outlines. Prayers appreciated.

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