Who Is Elder Marlving P. Charlet?

Written on:January 30, 2012
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Elder Marlving P. Charlet

Elder Marlving P. Charlet


Elder Marlving P. Charlet, a Haitian immigrant, is currently the pastor of the Brooklyn Temple of Seventh-day Adventists (Brooklyn Temple) where he has ministered since May 2009. Brooklyn Temple is a member of the sisterhood of churches under the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (Northeastern) where Elder Trevor H. C. Baker is serving as the current president. Elder Charlet serves as the pastor of Brooklyn Temple as an employee of Northeastern.

Elder Charlet graduated Huntington High School, Huntington, New York in 1990. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakwood College (Oakwood), Huntsville, Alabama in June 1997. In either 2001 or 2002 Elder Charlet earned a Master’s of Divinity from Andrews University (Andrews), Berrien Spring, Michigan. His final degree was a Doctorate of Ministry conferred by the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio in 2007.

The employment and educational information stated previously is where what is apparently the truth about Elder Charlet ends. An examination of his resumes and online information reveal discrepancies in what area of expertise his degrees are in.

Elder Charlet’s Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakwood is in theology with a minor in either correctional science or social science. The Master’s of Divinity from Andrews is in preaching, religious studies, or communications. And his doctorate of Ministry is in either preaching, leadership or communications.

The other post graduate discrepancy in Elder Charlet’s record is when exactly did he receive his Master’s of Divinity. His resumes indicate that it was in either 2001 or 2002.

When Elder Charlet was assigned to Brooklyn Temple in 2009 it was his claim that he had been in ministry for twelve years. The one thing his various resumes do agree on is that his ministerial work did not begin until 2002. Therefore it was not true that he was in ministry twelve years but in fact only seven years.

Before Elder Charlet’s tenure at Brooklyn Temple he was assigned two churches in Northeastern, Central Islip Seventh-day Adventist church (Central Islip) and Gordon Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church (Gordon Heights).

Rumor has it that Elder Charlet’s autocratic style of pastoring at Gordon Heights is why he was removed from that church as well as Central Islip and moved to Brooklyn Temple. Recent copies of Elder Charlet’s resume omit any mention of having pastored Gordon Heights.

So Who is Elder Marlving P. Charlet? It would appear that is easier to nail jello to a wall than to know the truth about Elder Charlet. Truth seems to be his problem.

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