The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


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.

Text Only
  • Women on Fire event is Wednesday at Vista Grande CLINTON -- For many years, women in business have been honored in the city of Clinton, but on Wednesday, they have a night all their own. The Women are on Fire event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Vista Grande in Clinton and will offer an oppo

    April 19, 2014

  • Paul Miller Scout master keeps Troop 74 going strong CLINTON -- Scout Master Paul Miller loves the outdoors, camping, fishing and scouting. For the past 13 years, Paul, of Clinton, has led this area's only Boy Scout troop for challenged individuals, Troop 74. While a typical troop allows boys ages 11

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • World Book Night A big love for books CLINTON -- Sharing a love for books is something members of the Clinton Public Library have always promoted and embraced. On Wednesday, they will join the rest of the world in spreading that love throughout communities. World Book Night, which conve

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17-14 Trees forever photo 2 Let it grow (with Video)

    CLINTON - A new generation of trees will be planted by a young generation of Irish. Wednesday during class, Lisa Golden's Prince of Peace Prep third-graders continued their year-long biology education with the help of Clinton's Trees Forever organiza

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Communities prep for hunts CLINTON -- Easter weekend is nearly here and two local organizations are calling all children for the hunting event of the year -- Easter egg hunting that is. Both Camanche and Fulton, Ill., will host Easter egg hunts Saturday, each at different time

    April 17, 2014

  • Women's Expo set for Tuesday at Wild Rose CLINTON -- It is time again to gather the girlfriends and head out to the Ultimate Spring Women's Expo at the Wild Rose Event Center in Clinton. The third annual expo from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, hosted by the Clinton Herald, offers an opportuni

    April 14, 2014

  • Fulton housing loan Program to assist Fulton resident FULTON, Ill. -- Brian Hollenback and Beth Payne delivered good news last week, traveling to seven cities, three counties and two states, ending their journey in Fulton. Hollenback, who is the Northwestern Illinois Housing Coalition president, and its

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stutting Camanche native tapped to head North Scott schools CLINTON -- A Camanche native will return to his roots this June, after being selected as the new superintendent for the North Scott Community School District. Joe Stutting, a 1987 graduate of Camanche High School, has been away from his hometown for

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • preview-1.jpg Luau raises funds to support programming

    CLINTON -- Hundreds of supporters and volunteers gathered Friday night to endorse a lifesaving organization in the Gateway area. The 10th annual Gateway Area Red Cross Luau kicked off the night at the Tuscany Event Center at Rastrelli's with a buffet

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anderson Meet Your Neighbor: Gardening serves multiple purposes

    CLINTON -- For Kathy Anderson, gardening is something she has always enjoyed. "For as long as I remember, I have been obsessed with being outside," Kathy said. "My mother never had to ask twice for me to go outside and play." At 5 and 6 years old, Ka

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.