Jeff Chandler: a spirit of outreach at home and abroad

Jeff Chandler

Jeff Chandler started attending Memphis church with his mother in 1969. No wonder he considers the church here “home.”

He headed off to the church’s school, Ambassador College in Texas from where he gradated in 1991 before completing a Masters Degree in 2015 from Azusa Pacific University. He had already been serving with Arkansas State University in their English Learning Academy where he rose to be both Coordinator and Instructor.

His background shows why. While at Ambassador College he served internationally as co-director of an English Public Speaking program for the Ambassador Foundation in Amman, Jordan where he also worked with mentally/physically challenged young women for the Young Muslim’s Women’s Center in Bunyat, Jordan.

This background gave him the impetus to serve as the WCG/GCI pastor in Jonesboro, Arkansas for a number of years. As a guest speaker in his “home congregation” here in Memphis he shows that he has indeed been touched by this spirit of outreach. On March 31, 2019 he expounded on what it means to “walk in the Spirit” as St. Paul encouraged in Galatians 5:25.

“Living in the reality of the Holy Spirit in our lives means participating in the life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” said Jeff, reflecting his denomination’s emphasis on the Trinity as the key to theology. “We have to be more alive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.”

Jeff cited an incident in a grocery store where he felt a strong prompt from the Holy Spirit to pay for a woman's groceries. At first he slid away from the call before handing the woman cash through the window of her car. “I don’t need it,” she replied. “Well, take it for somebody else,” said Jeff.

This is evidence for how much Jeff has inculcated one of his favorite texts in 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 which includes the statements “For the love of Christ compels us…that those who live should live no longer for themselves but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore from now on we regard no one according to the flesh.”

That last phrase hits home for Jeff who shows from his interactions with students at Arkansas State and wherever he is sent to teach that people leave an impression on him as he does on them.

This makes him a welcome addition to the Memphis GCI speaking roster and enhances his calling to follow St. John's admonition to shed the love of God abroad in whatever lives we become involved with. “This is reality,” says Jeff.