Tindley, Charles Albert
- William H. Brackney
Tindley, Charles Albert (07 July 1856–26 July 1933), Methodist minister, was born at Berlin, Maryland, the son of Charles and Ester, both slaves. He was self-educated. In 1885 he was examined for ministerial orders by the Delaware Annual Conference, a black Methodist Episcopal Conference. He was admitted on probation and assigned to the Cape May, New Jersey, church where he served for two years. In 1887 he was ordained deacon and transferred to the South Wilmington, Delaware, church. Subsequently he served as statistical secretary to Rev. Joseph R. Waters. Ordained an elder in the Delaware Conference in 1889, he was again transferred, this time to the Odessa, Delaware, charge. Between 1890 and 1900 Tindley served pastorates at Pocomoke and Pocomoke Circuits in Maryland and at Fairmount and Wilmington in Delaware, where he served historic Ezion Methodist Church. In 1900 he was appointed presiding elder of the Wilmington District. Concurrent with his term of office as presiding elder, he became pastor at Bainbridge Street Methodist Church, Philadelphia, which he served for thirty-three years. He continued to obtain an education: he attended the Brandywine Institute Theological Course, and by correspondence he took the Greek course at Boston University School of Theology....