Colonel Charles Massey Student Group


Charlies Massey Student Group Trinity College

Participation – Trinity College of Florida Military (active, inactive, Guard and Reserves), Veterans, Dependents and Family Members of Military/Veterans as well as those who simply wish to honor veterans, military and their families.

Purpose – The purpose of the Col. Charles Massey student group is to connect military, veterans and their dependents; personal ownership-discipline (training),  service, and fellowship.

Personal Ownership – Members will embody the warrior ethos of “leave no one behind.”

Massey Honor Code: Participation in the Massey student group is for individuals who will seek to chase excellence and allow accountability in each area of life:

  • Spiritually (Spirit) Prayer, devotion to Scripture
  • Physically (body) exercise, healthy eating, personal appearance
  • Intellectually (mind) Continually setting one’s mind on truth

Faculty Sponsor: John Keller, USN-R Veteran

Who was Charles Massey?

Charles Massey was a farm boy from Perkins, Georgia who finished high school at the age of fifteen and attended the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida) in Temple Terrace, Florida. In 1938 he graduated and later was ordained at the age of nineteen. He continued his education at Mercer University and would later earn advanced degrees from Harvard and Indiana Universities.

A Call to Sacrifice

Charlies Massey became Colonel Massey by serving in the United States Army for over 30 years. He provided spiritual guidance and
comfort as a military Chaplain to our soldiers through several wars. including World War II. As a member of the U.S. Army Chaplain Board in Washington. D.C., he developed plans. programs and training for chaplains worldwide. He was involved in producing television and public relations training films for the Office of Chief of Chaplains and conducted workshops in communication skills and preaching. His contributions were recognized on three separate occasions by receiving the prestigious Legion of Merit Award for Exceptional Meritorious Service. This is one of the highest military awards given for non-combat duty. During his service he traveled to remote corners of the world, walked the halls of the Pentagon. and preached in the National Cathedral.

A Call to Service

Colonel Massey always held a deep and abiding love for his Alma Mater, Trinity College of Florida. After retiring from the military in 1973. he served as a professor, Dean and Trustee at the College. He hosted many of the College’s annual banquets and served as the Master of Ceremonies. He was an interim pastor for over a dozen churches in Central Florida and was selected by Tampa Magazine as one of the ten most influential clergymen in the Tampa Bay area. He influenced the lives of thousands through his preaching and Godly service to humanity.

A Call Home

On November 8, 2008, at the age of 89… Read More

Veteran Day 2023

The Trinity College of Florida Col. Charles Massey Student group sponsored the new “Veterans Only Parking” spot on the campus under the late Col. Charles Massey Flag pole. There are many veteran students, staff and adjunct faculty who have honorably served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States.

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Joining Student Groups is a great way to get involved on campus. Whether your motivation is to make a difference, make friends, or just have fun, our student groups offer a variety of events and activities. Groups vary each year, but always have one thing in common–bringing like-minded students together. Get involved on campus by joining a student group!

Participate in Christian Service

Students transform as they network and develop their ministry skills through our various hands-on Christian Service opportunities. Our Christian Service program involves weekly participation in a specific ministry. It provides an opportunity to give practical expression to what you are learning in the classroom. You’ll gain useful experience, spiritual growth, maturity, and practical skills. This is your opportunity to go into your church and community and change lives for Christ!

military veteran benefits


For 24/7 counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 988, Press 1. You may also call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (1-844-693-5838) or dial 211.

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