Damian Chandler – The Crooked Christmas Tree
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 9 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 in the spiritual hunger of Pastor Chandler 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 Bachelors of Arts in Theology. He later furthered his preparation by pursuing and attaining a Masters of Divinity degree from the Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University, in Berrien Springs Michigan. His ministry journey has taken him across the length an breath of America from Seattle Washington, to Huntsville Alabama. And in 2014 Pastor Chandler accepted a call to serve the Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Sacramento California as senior pastor.
One of Damian’s undeniable gifts is in the area of worship where God has used him as choir director, composer and worship leader. Songs like “Lord We’ve Come” have received national acclaim while encouraging worshipers everywhere. He currently serves as the Worship Leader of the Pastoral Evangelism and Leadership Conference held yearly at Oakwood University. He continues to give vision and voice to the importance of intentional worship on a national stage. This fall, Damian’s ministry takes yet another step with the release of his first single Only for You.” Damian is also the author of two books, “The Crooked Christmas Tree” released in 2017 and his upcoming release “I Am Jon” expected in the Summer of 2019.
Damian is passionate about ministry but he is 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, sons Salem and Levi.