Chuck Holt

Who is Chuck?

Chuck has been the president and CEO of The Factory Ministries, a faith-based social services organization in Paradise, Pennsylvania, since 2006. Prior to that he served in local churches as a youth and family pastor for 18 years. He has spent almost 30 years working with communities to build collaborative teams, especially with churches and public schools. Chuck is passionate about people and believes that everyone’s journey matters. Chuck serves on several community- and county-level committees, has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Claudia, have had 24 foster children, raised five adopted children, and have two grandchildren.

Chuck’s aha! moment

“It’s hard to just pick one moment because I feel like I have them continually! I think the one that stands out the most was when I was in Atlanta for my Bridges certification. I was completely overwhelmed by the information shared! It gave me so much perspective on how my life growing up in poverty has affected me and how the hidden rules of class have shaped who I am. In a very real way, all my life experiences came together and were summarized in Bridges and A Framework for Understanding Poverty.”

Chuck’s passions

“I am passionate about people. My motto is: “Everyone’s journey matters.” I love connecting on the journey with others and helping them find meaning and purpose in their life experiences and circumstances. Because of this, I love teaching and training, and I am super passionate about Bridges and Framework. I love my family dearly, and my two grandkids have me wrapped around their little fingers!”

Chuck’s best training

“This is hard to say. I have taught churches, school districts, nonprofits, hospital staff, and community leaders. Each group has taught me just as much as I have taught them. I love it when someone has that aha! moment and the light bulb turns on. A contender for my most memorable training was a group of more than 40 social workers from our county. The energy in the room was contagious!”

What does Chuck do for fun?

“I enjoy spending time with people, building relationships, drinking coffee, cycling, snow, watching football—but most of all I enjoy time with my wife and two granddaughters.”

What are people saying about Chuck?

“Chuck is the ultimate collaborator in Lancaster County. United Way funds the Together Partnership because he lives and breathes the five components of Collective Impact: shared vision, activities, communication, outcomes, and backbone support. Chuck is an upbeat and optimistic collaborator, speaker, and trainer.”

Sue Suter, President and CEO, United Way of Lancaster County

“Chuck is incredibly relational in his speaking and training, regardless of the group size. He has of way of addressing the complexity of poverty and making everyone understand the multiple layers of poverty, no matter your personal experience with it. As a community collaborator, he is transparent and open to feedback and focusing on the greater needs of the community. Chuck’s strength-based approach to supporting local families, schools, churches, and organizations encourages others to push outside their comfort zone and creates stronger support systems.”

Erin Conahan, Coordinator School, Family, and Community Partnerships, School District of Lancaster

“Chuck is a very engaging presenter and speaker. His understanding of poverty is extraordinary—from personal experience, to leading an organization to address poverty, to activating his community to embrace the challenge of ‘moving the needle.’ His deep compassion, articulate message, and realistic approach are a model for institutions and communities.”

–Ruby Payne, Founder and CEO, aha! Process

“The Pequea Valley School District community has been extremely fortunate to have Chuck Holt be a part of our team! He has led Bridges Out of Poverty professional development for our faculty, and even more importantly, he has been instrumental in mediating positive relationships with under-resourced families and the school district. Chuck has an intangible character quality that allows him to relate to all stakeholders and facilitate productive collaboration. As a speaker he is riveting in telling his personal story and how his journey has brought him to the Pequea Valley community.”

Richard D. Eby, Assistant to the Superintendent, Pequea Valley School District

“Chuck has helped Pequea Valley School District exponentially. He has worked with all of our educators and made them better and more compassionate facilitators for students in poverty. His enthusiasm and vision for under-resourced families and children is the main reason we are doing more than ever for impoverished children. As the superintendent of the district, I am proud to call Chuck Holt a teammate and a friend.”

–Erik Orndorff, Superintendent, Pequea Valley School Distrtict

“Chuck Holt isn’t the kind of nonprofit leader who is passionate about the cause he’s engaged in but doesn’t rigorously pursue the appropriate ‘know how.’ Further, Chuck cares so deeply about the issues and human beings that he doesn’t let emotions or trends get in the way of what actually works. In this case, pursuit of excellence has truly brought about an excellent organization with results that speak for themselves. Many people address poverty; Chuck Holt and The Factory Ministries actually achieve results and changed lives. When it comes to speaking and consulting, Chuck is one of the few who does so from experience, is engaging, and speaks intelligently to the topics at hand. When it comes to issues like nonprofit leadership, community collaboration, and addressing poverty effectively, Chuck has know-how earned through the messy, hard work of actually trying his hand at it himself.”

–Ben Stafford, Executive Director, The Constellation Network

“Chuck is an engaging communicator with experience, empathy, and insight. He has the unique ability to blend his deep personal convictions with professional expertise that makes a real difference. You won’t be disappointed to have Chuck speak at your event.”

–Tim Rogers, Lead Pastor, Grace Point Church