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October 19, 2013

Rev. Ronald Chambers

CLINTON — For the Rev. Ronald Chambers, 49, serving God is something he was meant to do.

“God has been talking to me for quite some time,” Chambers said.

In 1986, Ronald began having dreams of being a leader and helping people become better. Unsure of what to do, he spoke with his wife, Margaret.

“I told my wife ‘There’s something that God needs me to do and I don’t know what it is,’” Ronald said.

He approached his own pastor and in 1988, Ronald preached his first sermon about the need for forgiveness. In 1992, he was ordained as a deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Throughout the years, he served in churches in Plainfield, Ind., Lafayette, Ind., and East Chicago, Ind.

Through his time in the ministry, he has enjoyed interacting with the people. He said he enjoys “bringing people to Christ.”

“To see God use me to help somebody get to where they need to be,” Ronald said.

In 2007, Ronald was named the pastor at Bethel AME in Davenport, where he still serves. This September, he received a second appointment at Bethel AME in Clinton.

He is working on how to juggle the two congregations and settle into the new church.

“I pray every day,” Ronald said. “We’re just trying to move forward, trying to get the church re-established.”

He hopes to pick up where the previous pastor left off at Clinton’s Bethel AME, growing the church both spiritually and financially. Ronald said they need to bring people back to church.

Ronald has not had a chance to get out into the Clinton community and see what opportunities are there.

He wants to reach out and become part of the community. He especially wants to focus on connecting with area youth.

“We want to get into the schools. We want to find out what’s going on in the schools and how we can help,” Ronald said.

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