Charlie W. Shedd was a master
communicator of homespun wisdom.
He spent a lifetime making God's
grandest truth available to even the
simplest of folks.
Dr. Shedd served as a Presbyterian
minister for over 50 years. He was
the shepherd of small country churches
and big city cathedrals. Along the
way, he walked alongside janitors,
farmers, physicians, senators, and
presidential cabinet members.
"Pastor Shedd" never met a stranger, or
left anyone who did not feel richer for
being in this presence.
He authored over 40 books, wrote
nationally syndicated columns, and was a
favorite guest of numerous television
and radio personalities. He was
credited with being originator of
the Christian weight-loss movement, and
along with Bill Cosby, he helped plant
Quest courses in thousands of middle and
high schools across the country.
Perhaps more than anything, save his
role as a husband to Martha and later to
Anna Ruth, Charlie will be remembered
for advice on love and relationships.
The high-water mark for these efforts
can be found in the classic books,
Letters to Karen and Letters to
Philip. These books have sold
in the millions. He mentored a
Christian generation in the art of
keeping Christ and joy in the heart of
Shedd came to personify the best ideals
of Christian counseling. He knew
the pain life can bring. He knew
how to communicate God's love and wisdom
directly to aching hearts.
We remember Charlie and the way he
always signed off his radio program: God loves you and so do I, and
there ain't nothin' you can do about it.