Rev. Chuck EngelhardtSenior Pastor
Pastor Chuck was appointed as Senior Pastor of Heritage UMC on July 1, 2011.
Rev. Charles “Chuck” Engelhardt is a native of Fort Myers, FL. He grew up in the church and was blessed with loving Christian parents who modeled faithfulness to Jesus Christ. In the spring of 1974, Chuck asked Jesus into his life and became a Christian. In December 1974 Chuck sensed God was calling him into full time Christian service as a vocation. By the time he graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1978, Pastor Chuck believed God was calling him to serve in a full time way in the church. He attended Asbury College where he majored in Bible and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Following college he received a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1985 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky.
Pastor Chuck married the beautiful Kayla Vance Engelhardt of Portland, Indiana in 1982.
Pastor Chuck and Kayla have three sons – Adam (married to Carrie). Blake, and Ethan (married to Jordan.) Adam and Carrie have three children; Miles, Reid and Grace (Chuck and Kayla’s only granddaughter). Ethan and Jordan have a son, Jonah.
After graduation from college, Chuck became a Student Pastor with a Local Pastor License in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He remained there from November 1, 1982 until he graduated from seminary in 1985.
Ordained as a Deacon in May of 1984 in the Florida Annual Conference, he became the Associate Pastor at Englewood United Methodist Church in 1985. In 1987, Chuck was appointed to a vacant lot to plant a new church which in December of 1987 was chartered as the Big Bend United Methodist Church of Summerfield Crossing near Tampa.
In 1994, Pastor Chuck was appointed to Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Largo and served 17 years. In 2011, he was appointed as Senior Pastor at Heritage United Methodist Church.
Pastor Chuck has a passion for the local church to bring the Kingdom of God here in this community.