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 father did it to me. And I did it 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.

I 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!


  • My friend David Helm took the best picture at Cutting It Straight 2018! I was preaching hard. The congregation stood up. My voice started going out. I slowed down. The congregation sat down. My son kept standing with me! My HBC3! @cutstraightconf
  • The Lord richly blessed closing night of Cutting It Straight 2018! @cutstraightconf
  • Great night of worship and blessed day 2 at Cutting It Straight 2018! @cutstraightconf
  • Grateful for God’s blessings on day one of Cutting It Straight! @cutstraightconf
  • Praying for the Lord’s kind blessings on us as the 2018 Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference begins this morning!
  • The “No Dollar” book tables are set up and ready to bless attendees of Cutting It Straight 2018! @cutstraightconf

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