CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Charles Shelton awoke about 3 a.m. with a strong feeling that he should pray.
He left his bed and went downstairs to sit on a couch where he prayed for his West Side neighborhood and those addicted to drugs. He asked for God's healing presence.
Shelton, who recently installed a surveillance system around his home, felt drawn to a monitor where he saw a gigantic and brilliant ball of light. It passed through a window and a wall, filling the entire room with its presence. A thinner film of light that could be seen on its sides fluttered like wings.
"I was astonished," Shelton said. "The Lord revealed to me that this was his angel and his presence."
The huge circle covered an area from a window to a fence on the side of his house. It appeared to come through his living room twice, and he caught it on surveillance video.
At first, he didn't even tell his wife about the event he saw on Aug. 4. But then he figured if something good happens that he should tell people. With the video to back up his experience, he started telling folks, including a television station that included his story on the news.
Shelton, an evangelical minister, has been a UPS employee for 27 years. He has lived on Charleston's West Side for 25 years.
"Crime has been growing for a long time," he said. "You hear about shootings, killings and vandalism. When somebody sees angels, why can't we let people know? God's presence is in the neighborhood. No wonder how rough it may get, God is still in the midst. I don't care what critics say. I know what happened."
Shelton travels to various churches doing evangelistic work.
He and his wife, Helen, who works in the library at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Kanawha City, have one son. Charles Shelton Jr. is a Christian drummer who has performed throughout the country and won an armload of awards. He was featured in a Daily Mail article in 2007 when he held a clinic at St. Albans High School for 16 percussionists. Helen Shelton has been working for several years on a faith-based book that is to be published in December. "Tattoos and Body Modification: Power of Attachment" is about breaking free of the chains that hold people back in life.
Charles Shelton, who turns 48 on Sept. 1, has worked over the years to fix up his home and has added beautiful landscaping. He takes pride in his community and prays for peace instead of crime.
He says he has seen angels on two previous occasions in churches. He believes having the video to share gives him more credibility to talk about the recent experience at his West Side home.
"I am not doing this to get popular," he said. "People need to know there are angels in our neighborhood."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.