Charles Mabey graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education, then obtained elementary certification from North Texas State (now University of North Texas).
His first teaching assignment was in Crystal City, Texas where he taught oral language development to fourth and fifth grade migrant students. Located in South Texas near the Mexican border, Crystal City was a dramatic cultural change for this native of North Texas. He says, "The good people of Crystal City, especially the children, taught me that while there are many differences that distinguish people as unique, the heart of the people is essentially the same."
Returning home to his hometown of Fort Worth, Charles fulfilled a dream by working as a photographer. Seeing people through a camera lens, he says, "only confirmed how different, yet the same, we are as people."
These two experiences prepared him for the vision that became the inspiration for LIGHT SWITCH. This vision changed his life. He started painting houses, simplified his needs and wants, and began a quest for the truth he eventually found in Jesus. Charles says, "LIGHT SWITCH has been a 25 year labor of love and tears. And while my walk with Jesus will continue forever, this book is now complete."