Charles Mortimer was born in Lloydminster and spent his childhood on a farm in the Marshall district until 1941 when his father joined the army. During World War II, the family moved to several points before settling on a farm near Bowden, Alberta. “Chuck” graduated Red Deer Composite High and served in the Militia and the Reserves. Chuck married Lois in 1955 and they farmed near Bowden, then at Delburne, before going into business in Stettler. There they were active in the church, working with choir and Sunday School. Chuck felt the call to full time ministry and attended Emmanuel & St. Chad, in Saskatoon, for three years, graduating with a Testamur. He began ordained ministry at Carbon, Acme and Three Hills, Alberta. He later served parishes at Castor, and Brooks, Alberta, and Grenfell, Saskatchewan before coming to St. John’s Minster.
After Lloydminster, he went to Athabasca, for 4 years, Beaverlodge for 3 years, and then to Fairview for 3 years. He states; “My ministry has been to reconcile and revive troubled parishes, and so God called us to move about the country.” Chuck retired in 2006 to Barrhead where he is now an honorary assistant and shepherds a small congregation at Sangudo.
Chuck and Lois enjoy their six children and thirteen grandchildren.