Dr. Charles O. "Chuck" Baldwin is a Pensacola minister and politician who ran as the Constitution Party's vice-presidential candidate during the 2004 election. He is the founder of Crossroad Baptist Church, host of the radio talk show program "Chuck Baldwin Live," and regular columnist for a number of political and religious outlets.
|Born||May 3, 1952|
|Spouse||Connie Kay Cole Baldwin|
|Parents||Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Baldwin|
|Children||Emily Baldwin Baker|
Baldwin was born May 3, 1952 in LaPorte, Indiana. He is the son of Ed Baldwin, a welder who helped build the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 and who struggled with alcoholism for more than twenty years. Chuck attended Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan for two years. There he met his wife, Connie Kay Cole, and they married on June 2, 1973. They then moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where Baldwin enrolled in the Thomas Road Bible Institute (now part of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University).
Baldwin, along with his wife and four others, established Crossroad Baptist Church on June 22, 1975. The church purchased six acres of land in 1978 and was reorganized by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.
Baldwin is a member of the Constitution Party. On May 2, 2004, he was asked by Constitution Party presidential candidate Michael Peroutka to serve as his running mate in the 2004 election. Their ticket received 144,498 votes nationally (out of more than 122 million) and 6,609 votes (out of more than 7.5 million) in Florida.
Baldwin's political views reflect a conservative Christian ideology and are frequently opposed to both Democratic and Republican platforms. He is a strong critic of same-sex marriage (and same-sex unions), illegal immigration, federal income tax, and the USA PATRIOT Act (which he says "is taken right out of the Nazi handbook").
Baldwin is an author and columnist whose writings have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including websites like WorldNetDaily and Gulf1. He has appeared on numerous national media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Esquire, The Miami Herald and The Washington Times.
On August 1, 1994, Baldwin first broadcast his radio talk show, "Chuck Baldwin Live." It is currently syndicated by eight radio stations in Florida and Alabama and began broadcasting on the national Genesis Communications Network in May 2001.
- Subjects Seldom Spoken On, a collection of eleven sermons
- This Is The Life, commentary on the Epistles of John