An idea thumped a thought in the back of his head. His career as a Chaplain in the United States Army, his career as a Chaplain with the Department of Veterans Affairs, his employment with city, county, state, and federal governments, his work with individuals struggling toward educational fulfillment in the grip of financial impairment, and with civil servants endeavoring to assure peace in the community all ignited a notion in his head.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” So he did exactly that. Dr. Charles W. Edwards, Jr., connected with friends and concerned individuals and set forth ideas and plans which have blessed and benefited college, university, and seminary students far and near. Long ago St. Francis shared a timeless vision like this when he said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” What was just an idea, just a thump gave rise to the Edwards Ministerial Association, Incorporated.
Edwards Ministerial Association, Incorporated (EMA)., a charitable, tax-exempt 501 (C) 3, non-profit corporation has been dedicated to providing ministerial services, spiritual support and educational scholarships to many deserving individuals over the past five years.
EMA gave birth to a MISSION: “Serving God by being a beacon of light, a bridge of understanding, a tower of integrity and a castle of realized dreams.”
EMA also gave birth to a VISION: “Providing spiritual leadership in connecting people and enriching lives.”
In addition to many colleagues and friends, those individuals who generate and do the footwork for this organization include other associations that contribute and are served by EMA. At present, our ministry serves over thirty associations in four major areas: