ABOUT POPLAR SPRINGS :: PASTOR
Charles Weldon Brooks
Charles Weldon Brooks born December 19, 1959 is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the seventh of eight children born to the late William C. and Ruby Sorrell Brooks. At the age of five, Pastor Brooks lost his mother and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to be reared by his grandparents the late Weldon and Grace Sorrell. While in Raleigh, he was raised in the Manly Street United Church of Christ presently known as Macedonia New Life Church.
In 1978, Pastor Brooks graduated from Broughton High School and began a successful study of history and government at Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh. In September of 1979 he answered the call and preached his initial sermon under then Pastor D.A. Peace, Sr. While in college, Charles was called to serve as Pastor of the Pleasant Union United Church of Christ in Raleigh.
After serving the church for three years Charles graduated from Saint Augustine's College with a B.A. degree in History and Government in 1982. He entered The School of Theology at Virginia Union University where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree in 1987.
Upon graduation he returned to North Carolina to serve as Pastor of the Children's Chapel United Church of Christ until July of 1990. In 1990 Charles accepted the challenge to lead a great congregation in Raleigh, the Poplar Springs United Church of Christ.
With all the success he has achieved, Pastor Brooks declares that his greatest accomplishment was to marry his friend Regina M. Brooks, the mother of his three children, Charles II, Renita and Briana.