Charles W. Tiner, Jr. is the third child of Rev. Dr. Charles W. Tiner, Sr., of Springfield, Illinois and the Late Mary F. Tiner. In the early 1970’s, Minister Tiner and his entire family moved from Chicago, Illinois and settled in Springfield, Illinois where his father accepted the pastorate position of the Holy City MBC until God gave his father the vision to organize the congregation of the Pilgrim Rest MBC a couple of years later. Minister Tiner, along with his brother Rev. Vanlee Tiner, of Chicago, Illinois, were very involved with the development of the music department as the Church’s first musicians under the direction of the late Craig Kennedy who served as the Minister of Music.
As the years went by, Minister Tiner involved himself in various community activities. As a young child he continued to be an active member of the Springfield Boys Club and the local YMCA where he developed his love for pool and table tennis. In addition to the God given talent of playing the piano, he also developed a love for singing, acting, and baseball.
Along with the brothers and sisters of Minister Tiner, he was educated in the Springfield Public School system. In 1979, a middle school music teacher of Minster Tiner recognized that he had a gift of singing and later advised and coached him into trying out for the Springfield Muni Opera’s rendition of the Broadway play “Shanendoah”. On the very first tryout with help of his Minister of Music, Craig Kennedy, Minister Tiner secured one of the major roles as “Gabriel”. This production led to several other productions in Springfield which included “The Little Foxes” which played at the Springfield Theatre Guild and other productions at the Springfield Muni Opera.
After graduating from Southeast High School in 1984, Minister Tiner furthered his education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and St. Louis Community College, where he later earned a degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in law enforcement. While in college, he served as Minister of Music of various churches throughout the St. Louis area until such time he secured a job with the St. Louis Police Department as a Police Officer.
Minister Tiner later accepted the call by God to be one of God’s messengers. Under the direction of Bishop George White, Pastor of West End Mt. Carmel MBC and Overseer of the Missouri Chapter of Full Gospel Churches, Minister Tiner was licensed as a Baptist minister in 1994 and later ordained by Bishop Larry Coleman of the Original West End MBC of St. Louis, MO. Throughout his law enforcement career, a major conflict of interest developed between his career and his calling. He later resigned his employment with the St. Louis police department.
As a devoted father to his three daughters, Jasmine, Chasssidy, and Jada, Minister Tiner met and later married the love of his life, Robin, of St. Louis. He has been employed with AmerenIP as a Foreman with Nelson Tree Service. He and his family, including stepson Antonio and stepdaughter Whitney, reside in Decatur, Illinois. Minister Tiner serves as Organist and Associate Minister at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of his father, Dr. Charles W. Tiner, Sr. DD.