The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie is a minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). Ordained in 2006 at Portland's historic First Congregational United Church of Christ, he has worked to build regional and national interfaith coalitions to address critical national issues, such as healthcare, gun violence, climate change, and immigration reform.
He most recently served as director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality, university chaplain, and as an assistant professor of religious studies at Pacific University. His academic work has focused on the intersection between theology and public policy.
Before entering the ministry, Dr. Currie spent 17 years working directly on homelessness and housing issues. His work included overseeing redesigns of the Multnomah County and the City of Portland service delivery systems for homeless single adults and homeless youth.
Dr. Currie also played a pivotal role in opening the Goose Hollow Family Shelter and, as a member of the board of directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless, advocated for successful federal law changes that led to new protections for students experiencing homelessness in the United States.
Dr. Currie writes frequent Op-Ed pieces for national and local publications and often appears in the news for his advocacy work.
In addition to providing volunteer assistance to various local and state national public policy campaigns, Dr. Currie served as a surrogate for Obama for America (2008, 2012) on faith outreach and a surrogate for Correct the Record during the 2016 election cycle.
Dr. Currie earned a Master of Divinity degree at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and a Doctor of Minister degree, focused on public theology, at The Chicago Theological Seminary. He worships at Ainsworth United Church of Christ in NE Portland.