Explore Jesus

... so that the world may believe - John 17:21

Our Story

Pastor Chuck, Raquel, John, Peter

Chuck Love is the founder and director-president of Explore Jesus, Inc.,
and serves as the Lead Pastor at Beechland Baptist Church, Louisville, KY.

Message from Chuck:

As a college student in 1987, I took a short-term mission trip to Nova Iguaçu, Brazil with a team from First Baptist Atlanta. Our team was overwhelmed to see the number of people coming to Christ.  We discovered a humility, sincerity, and hunger for the Gospel we'd never seen before in the US. The experience changed my life, giving me a desire to see people come to Jesus and a certainty that He can use any of us to accomplish His work.

Since that trip, I've served as a music minister, youth pastor, church planter, and senior pastor at Southern Baptist Churches in GA, TX, and NC. But I always found time to return to Brazil to explore, share the Gospel, and build a network of friends and ministry contacts. —Once I even backpacked across South America from Caracas to Buenos Aires.  From 2013-2016, we lived in Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, SC, Brazil, where we helped establish a ministry to Haitian refugees.

Aug 1990: I rode this bus from
Venezuela to Boa Vista, Roraima

I'm now blessed to serve as Lead Pastor along with the on-fire believers at Beechland Baptist Church, in Louisville, KY, --

My wife, Raquel, who is beautiful inside and out, is a great counselor with a heart for prayer and evangelism.  Our sons, John and Peter, love the Lord and witness for Him.  As a family, God has always opened doors for us to take the Good News across cultural barriers.

In 2008, we launched Explore Jesus as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the goal of facilitating mission opportunities in Brazil, across South America and around the world.  During our mission trips, you will be blessed to see lives eternally transformed — and it will be a turning point in your life. Our partner churches and Brazilian team members are eager to meet you and share their lives with you.  Feel free to contact me to talk about how we can serve Christ together: (203) 658-7884, email:

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