|Reverend Dr. Charles
Known affectionately as one of Asheville’s native sons, the city will celebrate the 50th ministerial anniversary of Reverend Dr. Charles R. Mosley.
A 1957 graduate of Stephens-Lee High School, Mosley was serious about his calling to the ministry. So serious, that he staged mock sermons as a child. Childhood friend Barbara Nelson-Gibson fondly recalls the summers that Mosley, known to her as “Ronnie,” spent at his grandparents’ East End home.
“Every Saturday morning bright and early around eight o’clock, he would lineup pasteboard boxes like church pews in his, or a neighbor’s front yard. We knew he would come to get us if we didn’t show up, so we voluntarily saved him the time, and the trip!,” says Gibson. “His church services always started promptly at nine o’clock, and he commanded a captive audience. First, Ronnie would pray, for about five minutes and then preach us a sermon. We never ran out of pasteboard boxes, he saw to that! I kept a box that I transported back and forth, especially for myself! He was very serious about his reverent direction.”
delivered his initial sermon on February 17, 1957 under the direction
of Rev. Dr. John W. White, at Asheville’s Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist
Church. Pursuing his mission of a higher calling, Mosley entered Shaw
University in the fall of 1957. While studying for his under-graduate
degree, he continued in the ministry, and was ordained on May 30 th,
In 1961, Mosley
fulfilled his first official pastoral duties at Eastern Star Baptist
Church in Tarboro, North Carolina. One year later, he married the love
of his life, fellow Shaw University graduate Lue (Riddick) Mosley. With
a never-ending thirst for knowledge, Mosley furthered his education and
obtained his Master’s of Divinity Degree in 1964 from his alma mater,
years of 1963 to 1967, Reverend Mosley’s pastoral duties then took him
to Sycamore Hill Baptist Church Greenville, North Carolina, where he
was lauded for his scholarly teachings of the Bible. In 1965, Reverend
Mosley received another honor from Shaw, when he received an Honorary
Doctorate of Divinity.
opportunities moving him ever-closer to his beloved mountains of
Western North Carolina, he accepted a pastorship at Mt. Pleasant
Baptist Church, Belmont, North Carolina.
With the passing
of Rev. Dr. Otis E. Dunn, little did Rev. Dr. Mosley know that his life
would come full-circle. “My son, brother-in-law, and me, help pack him
up, to bring him home from Belmont,” says Senior Deacon Major Mayfield.
“He certainly had big shoes to fill. As the saying goes… There are
two horses you should have, one for everyday, and one for special
occasions, and church. Well, he rode that special horse everyday
Senior Deaconess Pauline B. Rollinson sums the celebration up most eloquently.
“Dr. Charles R.
Mosley is a man of faith and wisdom. His dedicated service and
steadfast commitment to the ministry has touched hundreds of lives. He
has served as teacher, counselor, consultant, big brother, and created
many models of excellence for aspiring preachers who will follow in the
trail he has blazed,” says Rollinson.
“Dr. Mosley has
been a conscientious keeper of his vows of ordination for 50 years. His
reputation as a caring, compassionate minister is a blessing in the
lives of the people of Nazareth First Baptist Church, the city of
Asheville, and beyond. He has earned and deserves the title, “My
Ministerial Anniversary of Reverend Dr. Charles R. Mosley will be on
Sunday February 18, 2007, 4:00 p.m., at Nazareth First Baptist Church.
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church’s Rev. Dr. John H. Grant and the
Mt Zion Praise Team will be on hand to render the celebratory service.
Also home to
help celebrate this special occasion will be his children, Charles R
Moseley, Jr. a K-Mart Electronics’ Engineer, and his daughter, S.
Antanette Mosely, Esq. of Atlanta, Georgia. The celebration is open to