The Rev. Charles Treichler

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The Rev. Charles Treichler
Church Info
Home Church Address
South Side Anglican Church
4 Rickenbach St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
United States
Church Website URL
Organization Name
The Anglican Relief and Development Fund
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Communication Manager
Organization Address
800 Maplewood Ave
Ambridge, PA 15003
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Hunger/Food Justice
Organization Email
Description of Organization
ARDF is the international relief and development arm of the Anglican Church in North America. ARDF's mission is to empower local anglican churches and leaders to transform lives in their own communities for the sake of Christ through high-impact community development grants.
Organization Years In Operation
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
ARDF focuses on empowerment and intentionally fights dependency and colonialism. ARDF works with local leaders and funds projects deemed important by the local community--allowing recipients to initiate and implement solutions to their own identified problems. ARDF is efficient and rigorous in stewardship. ARDF is self-critical and utilizes in-depth research and evaluation on every project. ARDF helps to strengthen the local church and incorporates evangelism into every project. ARDF also helps to connect the global body of Christ across national and cultural barriers.
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Much of my learning about international development and ministry to the poor has been "on the job" with ARDF. I have a Master Degree in theology from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA, but have done most of my reading and study since then as I try to make sense of and improve my work with the poor around the world.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Isolation is often difficult. Either the isolation felt returning from an international trip and knowing that very few people will be able to share in that experience, or the isolation felt due to the distance between our staff here in the united states and our implementers on the ground. It's hard to stay connected to the vision and the impact of the work when it is taking place thousands of miles away.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Meeting our partners in their own contexts. I love being with our implementers and project participants. I love getting to interact with them as fully-fleshed human beings with joys, desires, interests, stories and families. I love seeing simple faith in God's goodness overflow in mind-blowing expressions of generosity.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Church attendance, reading, vulnerable friendships, counseling, intentional gratitude, prayer.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
I would love for more Anglicans to know that ARDF exists! I would also love for them to consider ARDF as an option for their mission/outreach giving, and to seek partnership with the global communion via ARDF.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Walking With the Poor by Bryant L. Myers Mission in The Modern World by John Stott Generous Justice by Tim Keller
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues? IJM World Relief
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
I wish that we saw more clearly how justice ministry reflects God's own radical generosity in Jesus. I wish we saw the direct, christological, cross-shaped, grace-infused nature of solidarity with the poor. I wish we also recognized that our own cultural biases when it comes to "helping" the poor.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
We would love the ACNA to be known for its commitment to fighting poverty and injustice for the sake of Christ. We would love compassion to be our hallmark.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I guess my sense of calling to ministry to the poor goes back to a college break I spent sleeping at a homeless shelter and hanging out with homeless guys in Pittsburgh. I wouldn’t recommend this approach anymore, but it was a transformative experience. Later, while in seminary, I organized a community garden for local residents and students alike, and began learning about the need for food access in urban areas. It was an incredible way to connect with our neighbors and met a real need in the community. Over the last 4 years at ARDF, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to see how the gospel overflows in costly love for the poor in some of the most unexpected places, and I still haven’t fully made sense of it. I have been reading and re-reading 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 where St. Paul interprets the generosity of the early church as a reflection of Christ’s own generosity to us: “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part…For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”