Steven A. Chambers

Minister. Educator. Motivator.

Steven Chambers was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.   A patron of the arts, lover of film, casual vocalist, and self-proclaimed "gluten free foodie," he graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. At the close of his senior year, Steven recognized a call to ministry and moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he earned a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. During his time there, Steven served as Youth Pastor at Kayne Avenue Baptist Church where he was licensed in ministry. Upon matriculation, and pulling from his experiences working with young people, he decided to pursue a life-long interest in the field of education as a classroom teacher.

After being admitted into the highly competitive Teach for America program, Steven moved to Houston, Texas as a 2008 Corps Member. He taught for three years in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) as a TEA certified teacher.  While in the classroom, it became obvious that many of his students had needs that could not be met within the parameters of the instructional day. This realization led to Steven's pursuit to continue his work with youth in ministry context.

He joined the pastoral staff of St. John’s United Methodist Church in 2009 as Children and Youth Pastor, serving over 400 students and families. Following this tenure, Steven became the pastor of the college & young adult ministry, supporting high school, college and young adults aged 18-30.  In 2013, Steven answered a call to serve his congregation at a greater capacity as the lead associate pastor and director of Christian education for the 6,000+ member St. John's Downtown; giving leadership to over 40 ministries and ministry leaders, church-wide special events, and was the chief project manager and lead pastor for the launch of the church's Northwest campus.

In 2015, Steven returned to HISD to continue his work in the field of education as an Academic Program Manager with the EMERGE program; housed in the district's department of college readiness. Now a Senior Manager with EMERGE-HISD, Steven manages the district-wide programming (at 42 high schools) that identifies and prepares high performing students from under-served communities to attend Top Tier universities. A proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and an active member, preacher, and support team pastor at St. John’s Downtown, Steven describes himself as a minister, motivator, and educator! 

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