Author and co-author of four books and numerous articles in biblical studies. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, 1951, son of a steel worker, Charles Sr. (Republic Steel, foreman, supervisor, superintendent) and tailor/seamstress, Eve. Married to a medical technologist/clinical chemist, Susan, one adult daughter, Rita, and son, Bart. Earned an M.A. (Wheaton) and Ph.D. (SLU) in Religious Studies. Taught at 4 college/university for 10 years, served in 3 United Methodist congregations for 6 years, worked at 3 academic & religious publishing companies for 12 years.