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Charles Stephen "Chad" Paine III is the son of Charles and Tammy Paine. He is the younger brother of Tabitha Robertson and the older brother of Thomas, Nate, Abby, Brielle, Josiah, Danny, and Johnny Paine and Hannah Pelletier. He is the husband of Erin Paine. They are the parents of Carson, Brooklyn, Everly, Holland and Finley Paine.

Early Life

Charles Steven "Chad" Paine III was born on April 18, 1987, to Charles Stephen Paine, Jr., and Tammy Paine. He was the couple's second child, and they went on to have eight more children after him.

Childhood Education

Chad and his siblings were homeschooled, and were brought up as active participants of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles. He often attended the yearly conference in Big Sandy, TX.[1]


See also: Erin Bates and Chad Paine wedding

Chad and Erin shortly after he asked her to court


Chad met Erin Bates at an IBLP Valentines Banquet in 2011. Over the next two years, the couple got to know each other. In the fall of 2012, Chad asked Erin's father, Gil, for permission to court Erin, and he said yes. The couple began courting shortly after.[2]

Chad proposing to Erin


On August 5, 2013, Chad and Erin had lunch at Calhoun's with Erin's parents. Then they took a stroll on a dock that led to a swing.[3] After swinging for awhile, they headed to Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston, TN. They went on a canoe ride before getting dressed up and going on a horse and buggy ride to a gazebo where Chad had set up flowers, his guitar, and the ring box. In the ring box, Erin found a note that said "I finally worked up the courage!" When she read it, he knelt down and pulled the ring out of his pocket. He proposed, and Erin said yes.[4]

Chad's wedding to Erin Bates


Chad married Erin Bates on November 2, 2013, in Tennessee.[5] Chad's groomsmen were his brothers Thomas, Nate, and Joey Paine and Erin's brother Zach Bates. His ring bearer was his brother, Johnny Paine.[6]


Chad and Erin in Ireland

For the first few nights of their honeymoon, Erin and Chad stayed a cabin called "Moonlight and Roses" in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Then they flew to Shannon, Ireland, where they stayed at the Oak Wood Arms Hotel for a night. They spent the rest of their honeymoon in a rented house on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The two were struck by the beauty of all of their locations.[7]

After getting married, the two moved into a house in Clinton, Tennessee.


Chad with Erin and her parents shortly after giving birth to Carson

Soon after getting married Chad and Erin learned they were expecting, with a due date in October of 2014, but in March of 2014 they discovered that the baby had stopped developing early on.[8] Erin had to have a D&C.[9] Erin suffered multiple miscarriages after that. Doctors were able to determine that Erin suffered from a blood clotting disorder, and would require medication to carry pregnancies to term.[10]

On January 23, 2015, the couple announced they were pregnant again.[11]

On March 6, 2015, Chad and Erin announced they were having a boy.[12]

On May 14, 2015, Chad's first son, Charles Stephen "Carson" Paine IV, was born in Knoxville, TN.[13]

Chad with his family shortly after the birth of Brooklyn

On February 14, 2016, Chad and Erin announced that they were expecting their second child, who was due that summer.[14] They later said that their second child, who they named Brooklyn Elise, was due in August.[15]

Chad's family announcing they were expecting their third child

At 5:42am on August 6, 2016, Chad's second child, Brooklyn Elise Paine, was born. She weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces.[16]

On October 17, 2017, Chad and Erin announced that they were expecting their third child, a daughter named Everly Hope, with a due date of April 28, 2018.[17]

Chad's family shortly after the birth of Everly

At 4:12 am on March 30, 2018, Chad's third child, Everly Hope Paine, was born. She weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces and was 18 inches long. In a joint statement, Chad and Erin said, "She has already been smothered with love and kisses, and our hearts are so thankful to God for a healthy little baby girl. Seeing Carson and Brooklyn’s faces light up at the sight of their sister brought us to tears. It feels like we are experiencing a little bit of heaven on earth right now.”[18]

Chad and Erin with newborn Holland

On June 6, 2019, Chad and Erin announced that they are expecting their fourth child, who is due in December of 2019.[19] On July 25, 2019, they announced that the child will be a daughter named Holland Grace.[20] Holland was born on November 26th, 2019.

Chad and Erin with newborn Finley

On August 24, 2021, Chad and Erin announced via People that they were expecting their fifth child in January 2022. This pregnancy comes after Erin lost one full ovary and "most of the second" due to complications from Covid-19.[21] On October 21, 2021, Chad and Erin announced via their Youtube channel that they were expecting a baby girl, who they had named Finley Marie Paine.[22] Finley was born on January 18, 2022[23]



Chad begin attending a private college at some point before 2009. He graduated in May of 2010 with an Associate's in Youth Ministry.[24][25]


On March 14, 2010, Chad began working for the Institute in Basic Life Principles. He began by working at the Northwoods Conference Center.[26] Chad worked for IBLP in a number of locations. At some point before getting married, he stopped working for the Institute.

Noble Metals, Inc.

After getting married, Chad began working for Noble Metals, Inc. in Oak Ridge, TN. He also does refinishing and re-purposing projects for extra income.

Paine Construction

In 2019, Chad started his own construction company, Paine Construction.

Wedding Involvement

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