Founder & President of Care Ministry
Charles Puchta (pronounced Puck-ta) is the founder and president of Care Ministry. Puchta is an award-winning author, authority, and speaker on the subjects of aging, caregiving, and faith-based care. He has devoted his life to equipping, empowering, and encouraging churches and Christians to care in ways that advocate discipling and the advancement of core biblical principles. Being masters prepared in both business and health education, and as a devoted follower of Jesus, he brings a unique combination of passion, perspective, and process that helps churches to harness opportunities to love and to disciple people (Matthew 22:39, 28:20).
Puchta specializes in developing educational resources and designing interventions to help people address the many practical and spiritual issues that arise as a result of difficult life circumstances (e.g., health-related and life-stage challenges). Puchta's distinctive gift is his ability to take complex subject matter, distil it, and communicate it in a way that makes sense to the audience. He has a proven track record that is summed up nicely in the following testimonial: "You have masterfully presented practical, biblical, and actionable information about a very complex subject."
Puchta's journey into care ministry began in the mid-90's as a caregiver for his parents. His father died from pneumonia at the age of 79 in March of 1997 and had struggled with Leukemia for years. His mother died in November of 2001 at the age of 70. She had a number of health complications including dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.
On Monday, September 10, 2001, Puchta left his corporate job to pursue his passion of helping others. He founded Aging America Resources (d.b.a. Care Ministry) later that year. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Care Ministry is devoted to equipping churches with essential training, tools, and other resources. Puchta's first book was published in 2002 and within months, received the Caregiver Friendly Award from Today's Caregiver magazine. In 2005, Puchta converted Aging America Resources to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (d.b.a., Care Ministry).
He is also the is former director of the Center for Aging with Dignity at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing (2005-2014). The Center has been devoted to keeping people "SAFE After 60" by advocating for, advancing and developing best-practices programs on the safety and mistreatment of older adults.
In 2014, Puchta answered a higher calling to pursue caring ministry full-time. After months of development, the resources offered as part of our Care Partner program were introduced. Then, everything changed on April 2, 2016. Puchta began that day reading the entire book of Job. That evening, he was seriously injured, and within days underwent surgery. Over the next two to three months, he was immobile and had the chance to experience being a recipient of care. Despite people's good intentions, almost everyone focused on his injured leg. They asked questions to satisfied their curiosity (e.g., "What happened?"), they shared their injury stories, and wished him "good luck." The words of Job resonated, "Miserable comforters, all of you" (v16.2).
Storms are growth opportunities and Puchta's situation was a tremendous time of learning. His question "Why God?" was clearly answered. As a result of his personal experience and availing himself to God, he believes that God showed him the way - His way. Contrary to popular opinion, care isn't about programs, it's about people. It became quite apparent that everything Christians need to know about caring is presented in the Bible. There are stories and parables that demonstrate the challenges and communicate the core biblical principles. During the summer of 2016, we rewrote most of our resources and introduced a new series on the fundamentals of Christian caring. (See AHA Moments video.)
Puchta is an active member of Hope Church where he serves on the care ministry leadership team and as a Hope Renewed ministry partner.
"Charles is a dynamic and compelling speaking. He exudes passion, provokes thought, and challenges his audience to apply what they learn. The participant feedback we receive is always excellent."
Books and Curriculum
The following books and small group curriculum are currently in print:
CAREGIVING Ready or Not was released in 2009. This book replaces Puchta's award-winning books The Caregiver Resource Guide (2005) and his first book, The Aging America Resource Guide (2002).
CARE For One Another was released in 2009. This award winning book is an updated version of Biblical Caregiving Principles (2004).
CAREGIVING: Caring for Aging Parents was published in 2007 by Living Free/ Turning Point Ministries. This small group curriculum is designed as a 13-week study. For a preview or to purchase the curriculum visit www.LivingFree.org.