Dec 23 Show: Christmas History and Life in 5 Dimensions with Dr. Charlie Self

Brian Sussman talks with professor, thought leader, and ordained Minister Dr. Charlie Self about Christmas. Using biblical, theological, and historical perspectives on current issues, Dr Self has a unique way to help people integrate all aspect of their life to a purposeful life. Dr. Self’s latest book is Life in 5D: A New Vision of Discipleship”, a reimagination and restoration of how we see wholeness in Christ. We focus on biblical outcomes and all dimensions of the believer’s life.

In Life in 5D, we have identified 5 Dimensions and 35 Outcomes that are rooted in Scripture and apply to all cultures and traditions.

ABOUT DR. Charlie Self

Charlie and Kathy are celebrating 42 years of marriage and have three adult children and five grandchildren. They live in Highlands Ranch, CO. They welcome connection through their websites: and You can email Charlie directly at He can be contacted by phone at 408-307-1339.

Charlie and Kathy’s shared mission: helping all people enjoy the bread of life in Christ and share in the beauty of the Trinity through the visual arts, speaking, writing, advising, and serving. Charlie offers individuals and organizations an array of conversations, consultations, and connections for fulfillment of the mission. For four decades Charlie and Kathy have integrated church and academy, marketplace and public square, believing that all domains of service can serve the kingdom of God.


Charlie is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and an experienced pastorcredentialed since 1980. He has served as an associate and senior pastor in several congregations in California, Oregon and Washington, D.C. He has served as an interim pastor several times. He is currently part of the teaching team at Highpoint Church, Aurora, CO.

Director, Made to Flourish (2016-2021), empowering pastors and churches to integrate faith, work and economic wisdom for the flourishing of their communities. Charlie has been Director of City Networks, City Expansion, and Training.

Charlie is the Visiting Professor of Church History at The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (2006-present) in Springfield, MO where he teaches courses in apologetics, church history, mission history, leadership development and discipleship. He was the first Director of the new Ph.D. in Bible and Theology, the first Assemblies of God Ph.D. in this field.

With Dr. Johan Mostert, Charlie is the co-founder of Discipleship Dynamics™ (2012-present) – a biblical, empirically verified whole-life discipleship assessment that measures 5 Dimensions and 40 Outcomes. See this revolutionary tool at

Charlie is a board member and recognized ministry with Vine Associates a network of leaders dedicated to kingdom advancements in all domains of society.

Charlie has been part of the Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty as a faculty member, senior advisor and supporter (2011-present). Acton is a world-leading think tank dedicated to good intentions and sound economics that build a free and virtuous society.

Charlie was a founding Board Member for Missio Alliance (2012-2021), inviting Christian leaders into a generative, expansive, intercultural network to cultivate holistic theology and practice.

He is a founding member of Steering Team with Oikonomia Network/Karam Forum (2013-present) with leaders from many different colleges, universities and seminaries exploring faith, work, and economics integration.

Charlie was an early leader and is currently an Executive Advisory Team member of Messenger Fellowship (1988-present) This diverse network invites leaders to strive for a “Radical Middle” and foster reformation in the church and awakening in the world.

Charlie has been in professional post-secondary education since 1981. He has been an adjunct, associate, full professor and a visiting professor, teaching over 50 courses in Bible, History, Philosophy, Religion and Theology at The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Northpoint Bible College, Trinity Bible College, Bethany University, Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium, George Fox University, William Jessup University and Northern California Bible College.


Charlie has four earned degrees: BA in History with College and Major Honors in Renaissance/Reformation and Colonial American History 1981; MA in History on the Church and Social Change in Latin America, 1992; Ph.D. in Modern European History, with foci on Belgian Protestantism and studies in Virtue Ethics and the Holocaust, 1995. These degrees were earned at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also has a MA in Philosophical and Systematic Theology, from The Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. in 1986.

Thought Leadership

Charlie is the author of three books: His most recent work is, Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship (Christian’s Library Press 2013). The Divine Dance (Authorhouse, 2003), The Power of Faithful Focus (with co-author Les Hewitt- Faith Communications, 2004) All are available on Amazon. Charlie has two forthcoming books in 2022Thoughtful: From Reaction to Response and Life in 5-D: A New Vison of Personal Wholeness.

Charlie is a frequent contributor to the Made to Flourish website and Common Good magazine, The Gospel Coalition’s, “Thorns and Thistles” essays, Influence MagazineEnrichment JournalChristian History, The AGTS Rapport, the Missio Alliance, Patheos, and other sites.

Charlie was a frequent guest as “Dr. History” on the KSFO 560 AM Talk Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2003 to 2019. His work in radio goes back to the 1980s and he is a guest on many broadcasts and podcasts.