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He has completed Genesis through the Book of Ruth plus two New
Testament books, Luke and Acts.
For example, in the Exodus, he does a study of each plague and
illustrates it, providing animation. He draws the cartoon
animal, scans it into the computer and uses an animation
software program to complete the illustration.
"Kids love this animation," Valentine said.
Games, activities and coloring pages designed by Uncle Noah may
be printed off the site for use in classes or done in class on
It took three years and several experiments to get the Internet
start-up going, but the Web site ChildrensBibleStudy.com ' was
officially launched in January 2001. The Uncle Noah Family Radio
program began May 6, 2007, on KJAK FM92.7.
Online, the "Ask Uncle Noah" part is popular, Mathis said. The
programs are streaming, making them MP3 available.
"He always tries to make his answers biblical," Mathis said,
noting that they are working on making a robot that can answer
the questions in Uncle Noah's words since many of the same
questions are asked repeatedly. All this creativity and
technology takes place in a small bedroom/office in the
Valentine home. Several churches and individuals
JOE DON BUCKNER
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A year ago, Charles Valentine
extended his Uncle Noah Bible adult ministry on computer by
starting Uncle Noah Family Radio, which can be downloaded from
the Internet or heard live from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays
on KJAK FM 92.7.
funding for the ministry, he said, citing the
faithfulness of his supporters. His oversight group is
Buffalo Gap Church of Christ elders.
The ministry also provides the Freedom tabloid, an
eight-page handout filled with puzzles, games and other activities built
around biblical themes for inmates at the Lubbock County
Jail and their families. Activity pages for children and
adults are available free in doctors' waiting rooms. A
women's senior group at Sunset Church of Christ
distribute the one-sheet,
Valentine's path to Lubbock began in Oregon and
California via Abilene and then on to Lubbock to help in
the beginning of Lubbock Christian College, where his
father served many years as groundskeeper and building
supervisor. His older sister was in the first graduating
class; he was in the third. He earned an advertising art
degree at Texas Tech.*After working for an advertising
agency and then operating his own agency for a time, he
became a freelance writer/illustrator. Eventually he
|began working as a
writer/ illustrator for the extension department at Sunset
School of Preaching, and it was then that he first began his Noah's Ark publication that has
evolved into the Web-based children's ministry.
Ken Miller, who was education minister at Sunset Church of
Christ in late 1970s and early 1980s when Valentine was at the
preaching school, remains among Valentine's enthusiastic fans.
"Charles and I had basically the same philosophy about fifth-
and sixth-graders . in Bible classes. The typical class material
was fill in the blanks and not very challenging to fifth- and
sixth-graders. We believed they could accomplish a lot more.
"By the time I got there, Charles had already developed a good
program called JAWS (Junior Action Winners Society)."
Miller, who retired as professor of religious education at Harding University in
Arkansas and has moved back to Lubbock, said Valentine's
innovative, out-of-the-box teaching was highly successful. He
trained an outstanding team of teachers at Sunset.
"It was so effective that if I had people coming in from other
congregations wanting to know teaching programs, I would invite
them to this Wednesday night class that Charles
| supervised," he said.
And this program was accomplished before Uncle Noah and the
"The Uncle Noah program has challenging and fun learning type of
material," Miller said.
In the early 1990s, Valentine began teaching art in the Lubbock
Christian School. As a result, he was involved in an art
exchange travel program. Three years later, he served on the
Character Counts Seminars team that visited cities in Russia and
Ukraine. He has some drawings in his office that Russian
Basically, Valentine is a Bible teacher whose mind brims
constantly with ideas for more puzzles, games and activities
presented with animation and artistic style that appeals to
children and adults. He also has some doctrinal studies
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