Charles Emmitt Capps, farmer, land developer and Bible teacher from England, Arkansas was promoted to heaven on Sunday, February 23, 2014. On Friday he informed family and close friends that he would be going home in three days, and as a man of integrity, a man of faith, and man of his word, he did exactly as he said.
A lifelong Arkansas resident, Charles was born in Brummett, Arkansas on January 4, 1934. He farmed cotton, soybeans and rice in the England area until 1978, when he retired to become a full time Bible teacher.
In the early 1960’s, Charles traveled extensively as a lay minister teaching personal evangelism with D.L. “Sam” Jordan in Assemblies of God Churches all over the United States. During this time, he also spent time ministering to the inmates at Tucker Prison Farm in Tucker, Arkansas. He was an active deacon and Sunday School teacher at the First Assembly of God Church in England, Arkansas for many years.
In the later 1960’s, a meeting with Loren Cunningham led to a new venture of involvement with the organization, Youth With a Mission. Known in religious circles as “The Flying Farmer,” Charles flew his Piper Twin Comanche aircraft to the Bahamas, where he led teams of young people in sharing Jesus Christ with residents of the islands.
While continuing his farming, Charles had a “chance” meeting with a newspaper salesman and a cab driver at a Methodist Men’s Breakfast which led to a profound change in his life. He was told about the ministry of Kenneth E. Hagin and given a small book called, Right and Wrong Thinking. The concept of “what we think – we say, and what we say – we believe” struck a cord with him and he began to study the Bible in a new light. He began to realize that his words had power, so he changed what he was saying and what he was thinking. It was a struggle to get out of the negative stream of life, but soon he saw the fruit of his words and his life began to change.
Invited to share his story at Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship meetings, his simplistic style of teaching practical truths from the Bible appealed to people from every Christian denomination. The requests for speaking engagements became so great after the printing of his pamphlet, God’s Creative Power Will Work For You, that he retired from farming and became a full-time Bible teacher, eventually authoring 24 books, many of which are published in multiple languages.
When this farmer from England, Arkansas began to teach 15 minute segments on the radio, the response was overwhelming and the Concepts of Faith Radio and Television Broadcast was launched. With his down to earth style, Charles taught that our words are like seeds and we plant them into the ground of our heart by speaking them out loud. If you want soybeans to grow, don’t plant Johnson grass seed! You reap what you sow.
His body or his “earthsuit,” as he called it may be gone—but his message, his words, and his voice will continue to be heard far into the future.
Charles is survived by his wife Peggy, his daughters, Annette Capps, Beverly Capps, 3 grandchildren, Zachary Capps and wife Erin, Caleb Burgess and wife Helen, BreAnne Brue and husband Zachary, and 2 great grandchildren, Katie and Corwin Brue.
Tribute from Happy Caldwell
We very much appreciate this video tribute honoring Charles.
On his program "Arkanasas Alive" Happy did a feature on the life of Charles Capps. Watch it here.
Tribute from Creflo Dollar
What a blessing Charles Capps was to the Body of Christ—one of God’s world-renowned generals with keen insight and a gift for teaching the Word of faith.
I'll never forget the time when Charles was in my office at our church. I had a sign on my desk that read, “God Is in Control.” Charles said, “Brother Dollar, that’s not necessarily true. If God is in control, then He’d be in control of all the bad things that happen on earth. No. God has given you and me dominion on this earth. God gave man a 6,000-year lease to use his authority to bind and loose things on this earth. Certain things happen because man expects God to do something, when, instead, he should be executing his God-given authority.”
I’ll always be eternally grateful to God for allowing this great man of faith to impart his knowledge, wisdom, and insight on the biblical principles of faith into my life. Charles, you will be missed! I eagerly look forward to the time when I will see you again!
Creflo A. Dollar
Tribute from Kenneth Copeland
A Champion Has Gone to Glory!
I have been BLESSED and honored to call Charles Capps my close friend for more than 35 years. He BLESSED me with his teaching of The WORD of God. He BLESSED me by being such a stalwart man of faith and integrity. He BLESSED me by being so kind and ever ready to minister to my family.
Charles preached in our meetings on many occasions and always took us all to higher levels of awareness of faith in The LORD Jesus and His WORD. Not only that, he's one of the best pilots I've ever flown with and the best fisherman I've ever fished with—and all of it, by faith!
On Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, heaven became even brighter when Brother Charles went home. I'm looking forward to seeing him again. Until then, I will miss him!