“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” (I Timothy 1:15)
“God calls us to pray, to think, to dream and to plan, not to be made much of, but to make much of Him.”
–Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper
Born dead in his sins, the child of an alcoholic dad, a so-called paranoid schizophrenic mom, raised by the state in ten different group homes before he turned 18, and introduced to a false gospel along the way, Chandler confesses to having become the worst of sinners early in his life. In the fall of 1992, he was sentenced to 10 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for that sin. But what men intended for evil—as the just punishment for his sin, God intended for good, to lead to his repentance! (Psalm 107:10-16; Jeremiah 29)
Chapel Library (aka Mount Zion Bible Church; Pensacola, FLA) began to inundate Chandler with the gospel through the writing of men like Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, Dr. Robert Morey, Dr. Jay E. Adams and others. Convicted by the Word, he repented. Pastor Richard Shaw of Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church began to drive 200 miles to disciple him in prison every month for just under two years. Four years later—December 5, 1996, he was released from prison and received as a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America at Stillwater, Oklahoma. Later he moved to Texas where he met his wife, Barbara. They married on July 1, 2001, and Chandler became the father to her son, Brandon. In April of 2008, they bought a house in Fort Worth and became members at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church (PCA).
Today, Chandler is actively engaged in the ministry and the discipleship of men in prison and in their aftercare. More importantly, however, he sees his calling as equipping others to proclaim the gospel and to disciple men in prison effectively. Will you consider supporting Hope Prison Ministries as your mission agency to the prisons? CLICK HERE to Give HOPE!