Mr. Charles Telfer

Dr. Charles Telfer serves as an upper school language and humanities instructor. He fell in love with languages in fifth grade, and his language teaching career started in 1984 at the Instituto de Idiomas Universal in Costa Rica. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also has studied at Jerusalem University College, Palomar College, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Westminster Seminary California. He has taught at Gordon College, Asmara Teacher Training Institute, Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, Ill.), Mid-America Reformed Seminary and Westminster Seminary California. He served as a missionary in Eritrea, East Africa, and as a pastor in North Carolina and Illinois for more than ten years. He is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.

In his down time, Dr. Telfer enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities and training for triathlons. More deeply, he loves to study languages and to introduce others to those languages. For him, language is a portal into other cultures (both ancient and modern), including the world of the Greek New Testament. He said he is looking forward to welcoming newcomers to three different languages this fall at CSW.