Senior Pastor James E. Chandler, Sr.
The Messenger is the Senior Pastor of Marvelous Light Christian Ministries in Lithia Springs, Georgia. This great visionary founded Marvelous Light on April 21, 2002, in a high-school auditorium in Douglasville, Georgia. What began with a blessed 250 charter membership, became a ministry that now consists of over 1700 souls, both young and old, averaging 650 in worship each Sunday morning. Pastor Chandler has faithfully ministered the Gospel of Jesus Christ for 27 years; he was licensed (1984) and ordained (1985) at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Pueblo, CO); under his spiritual and biological father; Pastor F. L. Chandler. In 1985, he and his high-school sweetheart (Kelly Manning) united in holy matrimony and one year later moved to Atlanta where he enrolled in the Religion & Philosophy Department at Morehouse College. In the fall of 1986, Pastor and Lady Chandler joined The Jackson Memorial Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Gregory A. Sutton where their membership still resides today.
Since relocating to the Atlanta area, Pastor Chandler is respected locally and nationally for his idiosyncratic style of delivering the Word of God, and noted as being a humble and faithful servant with multifaceted gifts and talents widely used for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. His global message is one that focuses on developing the total person into what God has destined them to become through the love of His only begotten Son – Jesus Christ. His purpose is to Enlighten humanity of God’s Covenant; to Explain to the hurting of God’s Compassion; and to Empower the Heirs of Christ to walk in God’s Commandments.
Pastor Chandler has received numerous honors and recognitions of which he credits all achievements to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is a national recording artist, choir director, songwriter, musician, author, and playwright. Pastor Chandler has released three powerful musical recordings: “The Year of Increase” (2004); “Chanz Heart” (2009); and “The Collection” (2010). He is not only a great prognosticator of God’s Word but also a great innovator in the world of enterprise. As a man with vision, his outreach ministry has touched the body of Christ by Radio, Television and Live Streaming. Pastor Chandler currently resides in the Douglas County community where he proudly enjoys spending as much time as he can with his three children, (Kayla, James II., and Jonathan), his granddaughter (Lauryn), and his beautiful wife of 26 years (Kelly).
He is truly a gift to the Body of Christ and an anointed vessel for such a time as this. On any given Sunday morning you may hear him quoting one of his favorite sayings; “If You Look Hard enough… You’ll See God Moving In Every Situation”.