Charles Lyons

Senior Pastor

Charles has served as the pastor since 1974. He preached his first sermon at the age of 14. At 15, he formed a small ministry team and began holding services in Chicago rescue missions. After graduating from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO, Charles came back to Chicago and led a dying 25- member congregation to become the Armitage we know today, a dynamic congregation comprised of over 40 nationalities. As the Senior Pastor, Charles sets the course for Armitage through his teaching, preaching, and leadership; directing the church in fulfilling our mission to proclaim the gospel, nurture disciples, and exalt Christ in the City. Charles and his wife, Georgia, have raised 5 children in what the Chicago Tribune called “the deadliest police beat in the country.”

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