Chaplain, NASCAR, M.A. '86.
Charlie Staley (M.A. ’86) of Spokane, Wash. confessed that he promptly became a “ministry sleeper” after graduation from Denver Seminary. His wake-up call came in 2002 when the Lord conveyed to Him that if He returned that day He wouldn’t be saying, “well done, good and faithful servant.” As a result of God’s prompting, Charlie is now a Motor Racing Outreach Chaplain to the Midwest NASCAR AutoZone elite series of stock cars. As a chaplain, he prays with the drivers, responds to medical emergencies to comfort those involved, builds relationships with drivers and crew members, performs chapel services, and offers invocations. His background in car racing, 2-way radios, and his major in counseling have made this a perfect fit. “My faith has been greatly tested as well as expanded. Out of my comfort zone, but in His will. Besides, smelling racing gas and hearing the roar of 600hp engines is a definite perk!”