By Lisa Shrewsberry
Carl “Chuck” Kinder, most likely remembered as a kicker/punter for West Virginia University’s 1963-66 football team, has held many distinctions in life.
He was presented the Distinguished West Virginian Award in July 2004 by then-Gov. Bob Wise. He retired from a fulfilling career in the United States Army after 24 years, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. Now, Kinder is revealing his life experiences and his faith to inspire others.
Kinder will speak at First Baptist Church on Neville Street in Beckley in a succession of sermons beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday and concluding with 6 p.m. services Wednesday.
“Revival is a time of spiritual harvest and renewal of values and of relationship to the Lord,” said the Rev. Doc Adkins, pastor of First Baptist Church.
Adkins said he is looking forward to hosting Kinder, who is also the Bible teacher and lay minister for Bible Center Church in Charleston.
In 1963, Kinder was the only player in NCAA history to wear the uniform number 100. He received special permission to do so to commemorate West Virginia’s centennial but was allowed to keep his special number until his senior season when he switched to 10. Today, he is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes speaker at chapel services for WVU and Marshall football teams.
He and his wife of 45 years, Rachel (Hudson) Kinder, have two sons and four grandchildren.
For more information on the revival, contact First Baptist Church at 304-253-4252.