Phil Charpie was born in Ogden, Utah, and grew up in New Jersey. He earned a B.S. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1973 and worked the next 10 years for Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, principally in northern Illinois. The company built steel plate structures and he worked in construction, manufacturing, design, and research on various aspects of the product line. He participated in more than a half dozen internal research projects. A brief period was spent working for a wholly-owned subsidiary that furnished wood yard equipment to the pulp and paper industry.
He returned to graduate school and graduated from Penn State University in 1991 with a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics. He taught for five years at Claflin College in Orangeburg SC in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was department chair for his last two years and published two scientific papers while he was there.
In 1997 he joined the staff of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and was their database manager for the next 12 years. Phil’s areas of expertise are physics and applied mathematics. In the spring of 2012 he taught physics for Covenant Classical Christian School to finish out a teacher’s term. In the fall of 2013 he came on in a part-time capacity and presently teaches calculus and precalculus.
Phil is married to Lucy, who is also a part-time teacher at Covenant. Their son Ronnie went to Covenant from first through sixth grade as a full-time student. He was home-schooled for two years and participated in physical education at Covenant during that time. He returned as a full-time student for ninth grade.