Reverend Deborah J. Chambers is Vice President of Development & Partnerships for Central Union Mission. The Mission is a Christ-centered nonprofit serving the needs of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in the nation’s capital.
Reverend Chambers is an active member and associate pastor with the First Baptist Church of Glenarden under the leadership of Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr., where she has served as chaplain for the ministerial staff and Homemakers Ministry, facilitator for the Queen Esther Ministry, campaign manager for the church’s “Mind To Build” capital campaign and lead writer for several of the church’s annual devotional booklets. She also participates in the church’s evangelism and women’s ministries and has served on short term mission trips to the Philippines, Ukraine and India.
Reverend Chambers passionately loves teaching and preaching the Word of God and has spoken at a variety of conferences, workshops and study groups on topics that range from biblical finances and good stewardship to street evangelism and salvation.
She has been a presenter for groups such as the Citygate Network (formerly the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions), the One & All Leadership & Development Conference and Howard University Hospital. She is a licensed chaplain, member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers and the founder and lead minister for the Third Sunday Ministry Team.
She is also a member of the Ministry Collaborative, a capacity-building cohort of a diverse group of local pastors, and a clergy ambassador with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. She actively serves on two boards: One Warm Coat, a national non-profit that provides free coats for people in need (Board member), and New Day Maryland, a non-profit supporting people experiencing homelessness in Laurel, MD (Board member and incoming president.)
Reverend Chambers is a godly woman whose passion for ministry is birthed out of Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is required.” Giving is one of her motivational gifts, and she strongly believes that all she’s been given should be poured back into the Kingdom of God and the lives of others. Her sincere desire is to be used as broken bread and poured-out wine for the body of Christ.
Reverend Chambers is the devoted wife of Rev. Alan K. Chambers. They have one son, Alan Perry, who is 19 years old. She enjoys running, painting and watching endless reruns of the old television series Columbo.