The Reverend Charles N. Fulton III

The Reverend Charles N. Fulton III

Director of Congregational Development, President of the Episcopal Building Fund

1-800-334-7626 x6004   cfulton@episcopalchurch.org

Executive Assistant: Lisa Mayntz-Ridley
1-800-334-7626 x6283 lmayntz-ridley@episcopalchurch.org

Charles Fulton has been a national consultant on issues of congregational health and development for over a decade. He developed an application of the theory of congregational life cycle to help congregations plan appropriate ministries for today and plan for their future. His use of humor and irreverent style encourages truth telling and has earned him the reputation of the James Carville of the Episcopal Church. He also developed a process for group decision making that minimizes conflict. He leads the popular training event Start Up!Start Over! Congregational Development Seminar and co-chairs an ecumenical network of church growth leaders.

In 2001 Charles Fulton was appointed the Director of Congregational Development for the Episcopal Church. The Offices of Stewardship, Small Church, New Church Development, and Research report to this position. He was also appointed by the Presiding Bishop to coordinate the national churches’ response to the 2020 Resolution to double the membership of the Episcopal Church by the year 2020.

Charles continues to serve as the President of the Episcopal Church Building Fund, an agency that since 1880 has fulfilled the mission to "Help Build the Church, and Helping the Church to Build". Prior to coming to the ECBF he was trained in architecture and served for 15 years as rector of a pastoral size congregation that he doubled to a program congregation. He was called to the ECBF in 1987, assuming the role of President in 1990. Charles created a planning process for congregations engaged in building projects, authoring Church Sites and Building, Process Guide for Congregations. He formulated an understanding of how buildings can be tools for evangelism and created a provocative analysis of the ways we gather people for work and worship in the church. To address these topics he authored The Church for Common Prayer, A Statement on Worship Space for the Episcopal Church and was the Associate Producer of the video "Churches for Common Prayer". He has designed the liturgical space at two General Conventions.

Director of Congregational Development, Episcopal Church Center,
 NYC, NY, 2001-present
Missioner, Congregational Ministries, Episcopal Church Center,
 NYC, NY, 1998-2001
President Episcopal Church Building Fund, NYC, NY, 1990-present
Vice President, ECBF 1987-90
Rector, St. Paul, Franklin, TN 1972-1987
Assistant, St. George’s, Nashville, TN 1969-1972
Curate St. George’s, Nashville, TN 1968-1969

General Theological Seminary, 1968
Auburn University, BA, 1965

Married Donna Kay (nee Smith), 1965

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