Dr. Charlie Kluge first received s’mich (ordination) in 1989 and, then, through the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) in 1993. He began his professional ministry career in 1986 with his wife Racquel (Rhoda), serving as Leader of the singles at Temple Aron HaKodesh in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, he is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Gesher Shalom in Orlando. Rabbi Kluge is a well known conference speaker, both nationally and internationally, holding seminars and levtures on Jewish Roots of the Messiah, Leadership Training, Marriage and Relationship Counseling, Healing and numerous other motivational subjects in Messianic conferences, Synagogues and Churches. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) since 1995 and served as its President from 2003-2007. Currently, he serves on its Executive Committee as Vice- President, the Steering Committee of the IAMCS as Ordination Chairman, the Southeast Regional Director of the MJAA and is its annual Regional Conference Chairman.
Rabbi Dr. Kluge holds a Doctorate in Optometry, a B.A. in Psychology, A B.S. in Physical and Chemical Sciences and has served as President of his local Optometric Association and as President of a local chapter of B’nai B’rith. Dr. Kluge appeared on radio and television programs, including the TV show “Jewish Jewels,” where he is seen officiating Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. Dr. Kluge sits on the Board of Trustees of Jewish Jewels, Cleft of the Rock ministries and is President of Gesher International; which has its mission to bridge hearts of love through the ministry of reconciliation and to intercede for and support Israel.
Racquel, along with her husband, Rabbi Dr. Kluge, began her professional ministry career by serving as the co-leader of the Singles in 1986 at Temple Aron HaKosdesh. She cp-lectures with him in many congrgations and on radio and TV programs. As an ordained Messianic Jewish Teacher, she has a thriving career as a Retreat and Conference Speaker, focusing on Living in the Supernatural, the Empowering of a Woman of Excellence, Marriage and Relationships and Healing and other Motivational subjects. Currently, Racquel is the Executive Director of Congregation Gesher Shalom of Orlando and is a lifetime member of Hadassah.
Racquel holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and was a Psychotherapist with her own counseling practice in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was also a Guidance Counselor, Primary Specialist and Teacher in Broward County for seventeen years. It was in Broward, that she helped found a large Conservative synagogue and was Vice President of a local chapter of B’nai B’rith. Racquel has a unique and G-d given ability for healing both the inner and outer person, through prayer and teaching, and is particularly gifted in ministering to women.