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In 1987, after several adolescents in his town attempted and one committed suicide, Chuck decided to return to North Central College to finish a degree in psychology and then to go to Wheaton College Graduate School for a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. After graduating he took a job as a counselor at Naperville Community Outreach and taught part-time at North Central College. A year later he was recruited by King College to move to Bristol, Tennessee to be the director of the school’s counseling center. For the past twenty-five years, Chuck’s normal work week (from September through April) includes 20 hours of counseling students, 20 hours of private practice, and teaching 2 college courses. During this time he has also taught graduate courses at ETSU and Radford University.
The epistle of James became a focal point for Chuck. Between 1995 and 2005 he wrote four applied theology books based on James, designed and taught two college courses based on James; Spiritual Formation and the Epistle of James and Introduction to Christian Counseling. His interested in James eventually led him to write his first novel, The Bishop of Jerusalem.
Currently, Chuck and his wife Barb are enjoying an empty nest, which allows them to travel and visit their children and grandchildren in Chattanooga, Bristol, and Spring Hill, TN. It also allows them to travel to locations like, Tuscany, Italy, Washington, DC, and New Orleans that provide settings for his Natasha McMorales mystery novels.