Pastor Damian Chandler was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised on the island of Barbados by his parents, Michael and Grace Chandler. His ministry journey started in a small church housed in the basement of his home. With only nine members, the burden of the ministry fell equally on the shoulders of all, including this 16-year-old teen. At night, he could hear the prayers of these humble people rising through the vents into his room. That small church made a large deposit into his spiritual hunger and stands as a turning point in his life and a foundation for his call to ministry.
Realizing the need to add education to this passion, he began training for ministry in 1996 at Oakwood College, in Huntsville, AL where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He later furthered his preparation by pursuing and attaining a Master of Divinity degree from the Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University, in Berrien Springs. Michigan.
In 2001, he was appointed as the youth pastor of Emerald City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Seattle, Washington, where he founded Impact Youth Ministries, an urban youth ministry focused on developing teens with a contagious and fearless faith. He returned to Seattle in 2008 and was honored to take leadership at both the Maranatha and Love of Life churches. In 2011, he received and accepted a call to return to Alabama, where he has been humbled to serve as the associate pastor of the Madison Mission SDA Church. On January 10, 2015, Damian was installed as the lead pastor of the Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sacramento, California.
Pastor Chandler is passionate about ministry but even more passionate about family. After years of dedicated pursuit, God gave him the desire of his heart and a partner in life, his wife, Tanzy Chandler. They later expanded their partnership with the addition of their daughter, Zoe, son, Salem, and the most recent addition, Levi.
Together, they invite you to a life of transformation—a life that allows you to experience real community: communing with God and connecting with people. It is as we experience this kind of community that we become passionate champions for Christ and dare to follow the Lamb wherever He goes. One of Pastor Chandler’s undeniable gifts is in the area of worship, where God has used him as choir director, composer, and worship leader. He served as lead director of both the Voices of Triumph (Huntsville, AL) and Deliverance Mass choirs (Berrien Springs, MI). Songs like “Lord We’ve Come” have received national acclaim while encouraging worshipers everywhere. He continues to give vision and voice to the importance of intentional worship on a national stage.