My Reflections On Charles Heinz

By now all of us have grieved the home going of the Rev. Charles Heinz. We all know that he has gone on ahead and many have said that he is personally bowing on his knees and crying holy. Charles is not unfamiliar with the language of heaven. Praise God for his testimony in song, service and sensitivity.

The first time I ever heard about Charles was from his late father, The Reverend Fred Heinz, Sr. who pulled me aside when I became Associate Pastor of Central Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the Summer of 1962. Rev. Heinz told me that he had a son about my age that he would like for me to meet because he thought the two of us would hit it off. I found Charles in a shoe store at the Southgate Shopping Center a few days after that, and thus began a friendship of forty nine years.

When Central moved from 944 Linden Avenue to 6311 Poplar Avenue, Charles, Freda and their family had become very active in church. By that time, Charles was working for J.C. Penney and in 1970 they transferred him to Gadsden, Alabama. It was there that he felt the call of God on his life, and came back to Memphis in 1971 to become the Youth Director and Business Manager of the church.

By the mid-seventies, Charles had built the largest and most effective youth group in the entire area. Our trips sometimes exceeded 500 participants. It was in that period of time he also pioneered a singles ministry for the city of Memphis that was equally as successful as the youth program.

When Central moved to the round building in 1981, Charles was able to fulfill a life long dream of becoming a Minister of Music, and, of course, the rest is history.
In 2003 Charles and I started Redeemer Evangelical Church together, and have often said we have enjoyed this seven years more than anytime in our ministry because we were able to slow down and be blessed ourselves as God used us. I miss him greatly!

In Christ,
Jimmy

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