Charles (Chuck) Luke

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Photo Charles Luke

Born: August 17, 1961 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Hillcrest Medical Center.

Parents: Floyd Vance Luke (d. 1969) and Bessie Elizabeth Luke (d. 1998) of 1422 E. 68th Street North in Turley, Oklahoma.

Charles is married to Carmen (Grider) Luke, originally of Arlington, Texas. He has four boys, Matthew, John, Cayden, and Carson. Charles is a member of the First Baptist Church of Buffalo; Lions Club International; and sits on the Board of Directors of the Volunteers of America, Texas.

Charles grew up in Turley and attended Cherokee Elementary School. He spent his early childhood years playing with other neighborhood children and fishing with his Dad, an appliance repairman for Sears and Roebuck Company. Charles' father developed lung cancer and passed away in 1969, when Charles was eight years old. The death of his father played a pivotal role in his life, helping him to formulate his spiritual beliefs and later life decisions.

 Charles attended Monroe Junior High School and Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, but remained living in Turley until the age of 19. In 1979, at the age of 17, Charles entered the ministry through Rose Lawn Baptist Church in Tulsa and began preaching to inmates at the Tulsa County Jail. In 1981 he moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma to accept the pastorate of the Broadway Baptist Church where he remained as pastor for three years. In 1984, he accepted the position of Pastor at Levelland Missionary Baptist Church (now Ridgecrest Baptist Church) in Levelland, Texas. He pastored there until 1994.

 Charles attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He received his B.S. in Education in 1990 and his M.Ed. in 1995. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation through the University of North Texas and expects to be completed in 2005.

 In 1992 Charles accepted a position as a Social Studies Teacher with the Levelland Independent School District (ISD). He taught history for three years and then accepted the position of Assistant Principal with the Mineral Wells Independent School District in Mineral Wells, Texas. In 1997 he accepted a post as Principal of the Garner School near Weatherford, Texas but returned to Mineral Wells ISD as an Elementary Principal in 1998. Receiving his Superintendent's Certification in 1999, Charles accepted the post of Superintendent of the Huckabay ISD near Stephenville, Texas in 2000. During his tenure as superintendent at Huckabay, Charles campaigned for the position of State Representative for the Texas House of Representatives but lost his bid for that position against a strong incumbent.

 He remained in Huckabay until 2002 and then accepted the position of Superintendent of the Buffalo Independent School District in Buffalo, Texas.

 In April 2005 he accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools in Gainesville, Texas.

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