B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A., Graduate Theological Union
While Dr. Self’s academic specialty is history, God has gifted him in multiple areas. Prior to his joining the faculty at AGTS, he served for 30 years in various pastoral roles—including senior pastor—and concurrently taught for 28 years at the following schools: Bethany University, AGTS (adjunct), Western Seminary (adjunct), George Fox University and Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium. Besides church history courses, he has taught theology, philosophy, ethics, apologetics, leadership and ministry. In 2007 Dr. Self directed the establishment and development of AGTS West in collaboration with the Northern California-Nevada District Council and Bethany University.
An able communicator to secular audiences as well as to the Church, Dr. Self is frequently invited to speak at civic, community and training events. He serves in strategic leadership as Senior Advisor with the Acton Institute, on the Steering Team with the Missio Alliance, and as a member of the Advisory Board with The Oikonomia Network (Kern Foundation). Along with many appearances in media shows, he has served as “Dr. History” for the leading talk radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area, doing a weekly segment from 2004 to the present.
He has authored The Power of Faithful Focus, The Divine Dance: Enjoying the Life of God, and Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship; as well as articles in Pentecostal Evangel, Pneuma and Kairos journal.
"For 30 years I have answered God’s calling to encourage, equip and empower people to fulfill their destiny in Christ. I believe that accurate assessment of the past united with Spirit-inspired aspirations for the future create a transformational present where we ‘live the future now.’ When intimacy with Christ and personal integrity are united with community intercession and insight, the impact for the Kingdom is profound." — Charles E. Self