Huntington, WV Black History

Charles Shaw


Charles Shaw grew up in Logan County. After graduating from high school, he went to work at the IGA grocery store before being hired as a welder with Guyan Machinery. He came to ACF in Huntington and worked as a welder there until he went to work in Mingo County in the coal mines at Marrowbone for 16 years as the general manager.

Shaw returned to Huntington in 1992 and became the pastor of the Original Glorious Church on 10th Avenue. In 2000, he became the founder and pastor of the Real Life Christian Center Church on 9th Avenue and 25th Street. Real Life Christian Center Church continues to support the community spiritually through weekly inspirational services which will build strong men, women and children.

He is dedicated to service in the Fairfield and Huntington communities. He opened an office for Workforce WV so that staff could bring the same job/education opportunities to the Fairfield community, eliminating a travel barrier. Shaw also was instrumental in bringing Coalfield Development Corporation to his church and providing classroom training and job interviews, resulting in several people being hired and job training certificates earned by Fairfield residents.

Shaw is president of the Huntington Black Pastors Ministerial Association and serves on several boards such as Recovery Point West Virginia, Cabell County Quick Response Team, Fairfield Alliance, United Way of The River Cities, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Workforce West Virginia and Fairfield Community Development Corporation.

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