At their meeting Monday, April 13, 2021, the Cabell County Board of Education voted to appoint Bishop Charles D. Shaw to serve as its newest member. The Oath of Office will be administered to Mr. Shaw at a special meeting of the Board Monday, April 19, 2021 at 4:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the Central Office Board Meeting Room, 2850 5th Avenue in Huntington, West Virginia.
Bishop Shaw will fill the seat vacated by Dr. Carole Garrison, whose term expires June 30, 2022. Dr. Garrison resigned her post in March after relocating outside of the school district.
“Being aware of the multitude of challenges that exist in all educational systems, from preschool to the highest-level of administration, I am committed to joining my best effort with everyone who desires to bring good success to all touched by Cabell County Schools and the Board of Education,” commented Mr. Shaw about his appointment.
Charles Shaw is a resident of Huntington and founder and pastor of Real Life Christian Center Church, also in Huntington. He graduated from Logan Senior High School and attended Southern West Virginia Community College. Mr. Shaw is a certified welder and has been employed by Guyan Machinery and ACF Industries. Earlier, he worked in the coal mining Industry, where he was ultimately General Mine Foreman.
In 2003, Bishop Shaw was ordained in the Association of Independent Ministries (AIM) of Houston, Texas. He received an Associate Degree in Theology from Life Christian University in 2009. As part of his outreach, Mr. Shaw has traveled to Gaborone Botswana Africa, ministering in several countries.
“(My) life mission is to continue to help people find purpose and be successful in every area of life,” stated Bishop Shaw as part of his expression of interest in the Board seat.
Bishop Shaw volunteers his time serving on the board of directors of several organizations including Recovery Point West Virginia, Region 2 Workforce West Virginia, United Way of the River Cities, and the Fairfield Community Development Corporation. He is also President of the Huntington Black Pastors Ministerial Association and Faith Coordinator for the Cabell County Quick Response Team (QRT).
Last year, Mr. Shaw was appointed by the Huntington City Council to fulfill the unexpired term of a councilman who had resigned. He served in that role from March to December 2020.