Minister Charles D. Yarbrough is a native of Sturgis, MS and is the son of Charles A. and Bertha Yarbrough. He is married to the former Lestonio Lyons of Columbus and is the father of three daughters (Fantashia, Rainey, and Victory) and two sons (Javarest and Tavarest). He also has three brothers and three sisters.
Mister Yarbrough is a product of Sturgis Elementary and Sturgis High School. After high school, he joined the Mississippi Army National Guard (1989-1998), where he received several awards in physical fitness and academic excellence. In June 1995, he was employed by the Starkville Fire Department as a firefighter.
He begin his ministry in September 2006.
Chief Yarbrough worked his way through the ranks by receiving promotions as a Fire Sergeant and Fire Lieutenant in the fire suppression division. He was promoted to training officer in May, 2008. He holds numerous certifications and a large number of state and national classes. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration / Fire Prevention Technology from the University of Memphis, a Masters in Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University, and is currently completing the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program at Grand Canyon University. Training Officer Yarbrough is a Mississippi State Fire Academy Instructor and a Certified CPR instructor. He was appointed to Fire Chief March 30, 2015.
He attends church at Truth Christian Center, where he serves as an Associate Minister. One of his favorite saying is “Your Condition is not your Conclusion.”