Photo: Charlie Park (right) with a young friend at the 2011 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Minden, Louisiana.
Charlie Park’s voice was booming, yet soothing. It was a voice cultivated in broadcast journalism and later leveraged in preaching the Gospel through the Theology of the Hammer, inspiring countless volunteers and donors to build and repair homes throughout Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Park would lead The Fuller Center of Webster Parish from 1999 to 2012, having first begun volunteering with the organization in 1991 when it was a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He led the group’s transition from a Habitat affiliate to a Fuller Center covenant partnership in 2007 and the hosting of the 2011 Millard Fuller Legacy Build. In 2018, The Fuller Center of Webster Parish’s 55th home build was dedicated as “The Charlie Park House.”
Park died peacefully on Sunday after an extended illness. Fuller Center for Housing President David Snell today released the following statement on Park’s passing:
The Fuller Center lost one of our giants with the passing of Charlie Park. He was a dedicated believer in Millard Fuller’s vision of eliminating poverty housing. He brought the Fuller Center to Webster Parish in 2007 and was the driving force behind one of our most successful Millard Fuller Legacy Builds, which saw the creation of a whole neighborhood of new homes.
A couple of things defined Charlie to me. One was his complete faith in God, in our ministry, and in himself. He was very much like Millard in that regard. The second was his get-it-done approach. No challenge was too large, no detail too small. And of course, there was his voice. Some might say that he was born to be on radio, but I’m truly grateful, though, that he was called to The Fuller Center instead.
The world would be a better place if there were more Charlie Parks in it. He’s left us now, to take his place among the righteous. May our memories of him inspire us to even greater things.
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