I am so thrilled about Mike Chambers coming back to lead Johnson University Florida! Besides his obvious credentials and faith in Christ, Mike and Pam were instrumental in my walk with Jesus. When I came to Johnson University Florida (then Central Florida Bible College), I was a new Christ follower and terrible student. I had the privilege of spending time in their home, as in those days we had "families", and the Chambers were our "parents." The Chambers gave me a great example of a Christian home, one I never had. Mike showed me what a dad, husband, and man of God looked like outside of the classroom, for which I am forever grateful. As a new believer, every class was special, but sitting under Mike's Evidences, Apologetics, and Ethics classes answered questions I desperately needed answered. These classes were foundational in my faith, not just things I had to learn as a student. He was always accessible to answer questions, even the seemingly most elementary ones, and help us grow to follow Jesus in faith and with reason.
Two final ways that I feel Mike discipled and made an impression on me were also outside of the classroom, and coincidentally later in my years at Johnson University Florida. Our senior class of '88 had the opportunity of going to the Holy Land together, led by Michael and Roger Chambers. Spending over two weeks with the Chambers and traveling under those very transparent conditions shed even more light on the authentic Christ-like character, humor, minds, and patience of these men for me. I thank God for the ongoing perspective that doing life and learning with the men on that trip has given me through the years.
Just a few months later our student body grieved the death of our friend Roger Chambers. During this difficult time, I remember Mike Chambers' leadership in a very personal way, as a Dean of Students, yes, but even more as a man of God and friend. Mike taught me that following Jesus is a real, gut-level, and very possible thing to do, especially in the hardest of times.
I am praising God for Johnson University Florida and for the men that have led her, specifically Mike Chambers. I thank God for the real, down to earth way that Mike showed me Jesus during the years I spent around him. And I can't wait to see what the Lord will do in His Kingdom through the Chambers and their ministry at Johnson University Florida.