If there is an underlying philosophy that guides the life of insurance agent Chuck Bateman, it is the 23rd Psalm that adds great meaning to his life.
Bateman is the long-time owner of a State Farm Insurance agency in Vero Beach, and also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization for young
athletes and coaches in Indian River County.
“The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want,” said Bateman. “This Psalm is so important to me because if I keep my eyes on the Lord, I am able to follow as he leads me and it is just amazing.”
Through his involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bateman said he feels he makes a difference with young people. The organization, according to their website, estimates there are more than 11,000 student athletes in the county, and 94% are not connected to any church youth group.
“I’ve seen a lot of kids come to a real meaningful relationship with Jesus through this organization,” said Bateman. “So many kids in the county do not belong to any church youth groups, so this organization is a good way to reach them.”
Bateman, 66, has owned his State Farm Insurance agency for almost 34 years in Vero Beach. He and his wife Ann have been married for 42 years and have three grown children: Josh, 39; Jessica, 36; and Caleb, 30. The couple also has three granddaughters.
“State Farm has provided us with a great opportunity to touch the lives of people in our community,” Bateman said.
“We are here to help people manage risk in the areas of auto insurance, home insurance, commercial insurance, life insurance and many other areas. The great joy in this business is getting to know people in our community. Our team’s desire is to address concerns in a happy environment where folks can talk about what matters most to them.“
Even in a world full of divisiveness, “I think the Holy Spirit is doing things through us,” said Bateman. “When we are doing business in the community, we invite the Lord into our conversation and allow him to lead us.”
Bateman credits his State Farm team for creating a joyous place to come to work.
“I have a great team of people,” said Bateman. “The Lord has provided me with great people in my life – my wife, my children, my employees – I’m full of gratitude.”
“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:26