Charlie Sims

Charlie grew up in Etown Ky, and trusted in Christ as a small child when his mom shared her recent conversion, and told him about the incredible love of Jesus. They were part of a church plant there, and he matured in his relationship with God throughout middle school and high school participating in the youth group whenever he wasn’t playing sports or working.

He came to Louisville as a freshman at UofL to play on the Baseball team back in 2001, and it was there that he met his beautiful bride, Kari, and became invested in Discipleship and Evangelism with Campus Crusade for Christ. College was a massive catalyst for Charlie’s understanding of God’s heart for the lost, and the need within the church to make Jesus Lord, rather than simply living as a Christian on Sundays. He and Kari got married on the same day that he graduated in May of 2005, and immediately joined staff with Cru to continue serving at UofL.

They had their son Asa in 2011, and promptly started a CrossFit gym as a means of meeting Louisvill’ians that wouldn’t otherwise ever step foot into a church building.

About the time he sold his gym in 2019, the beginning stages of Life Church were being formed, and with their newly acquired schedule freedom, he and Kari decided to jump into their 2nd church plant together.

Charlie considers serving as an elder at Life Church a privilege. He was content to be a heavily invested lay leader within the body, but when the Lord seemed to lead the leadership toward him as a potential elder, he was eager and ready to serve.