Who Was Rev Charles Saunders?
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Reverend Charles W Saunders, a pioneer in religion and education, died on Friday at 91-years-old.
In his prime, he served as a strong influence in the wider Baptist community.
What to know about him
- He started his career as a teacher, then as Principal in Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma and Nassau.
- He is the founder of a high school in New Providence, Charles W Saunders Baptist School which he founded in 1988; and he helped to establish the Bahamas Baptist Community College in 1995.
- Since 1974, Dr. Saunders served as the Senior Pastor of Salem Union Baptist Church.
- He served 29 years as Superintendent of the Bahamas Baptist Union of Churches.
- Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham once described him as the prince of the Baptist Church in the country.
- In 1981, he served as head of the Bahamas Baptist National Missionary and Educational Conference for 17 years and was credited for settling a dispute between the Baptist Conference and the Southern Baptists of the United States over the property on which the Bahamas Baptist College stood.
- Ingraham once appointed him as Chairman of the Police Service Commission where he approved the promotions of officers, from the rank of inspector to assistant commissioner.