Rev. Jill Sander-Chali

Pastor Jill grew up in a small town in Missouri.  She felt the call to ministry near the end of high school and accepted the call a few years later while in college. After graduating from Missouri State University (Springfield, MO) with a Bachelor Degree in Spanish, she pursued a Master of Divinity degree at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). While at Perkins, she met her husband, Kalaba Chali, also a United Methodist Pastor. Upon graduation in May 2008, she returned to Missouri and served churches in Columbia and St. Louis. She, her husband and their daughter moved to Wichita, KS in June of 2014 when her husband was appointed to serve as the Mercy and Justice Coordinator for the Great Plains Conference. Pastor Jill served with Christ Community Church/New Beginnings UMC in Wichita immediately before coming to Chapel Hill in February 2016.READ MORE

“I experience God’s love …”
…in prayer, especially silence and meditative or contemplative prayer. I find that spiritual practices that draw me inward are very satisfying to my soul and help me to pause and listen long enough to hear and feel God’s for me. This practice of stillness helps to fill me up so that I can share God’s love with others.

“God’s love is shared with me through …”
… the gathering of a diverse community. I believe that Jesus came to show us how to live and love to the fullest. Over and over in his ministry, Jesus breaks through common stereotypes to forge unusual and transformational friendships. I have found in my own life that I experience God’s love in similar gatherings of diverse community. It reminds me of the fullness of God’s love!

Favorite Bible Passage:

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  -John 10:10b

I love this verse because I think it reveals to us a motivation for living as disciples of Jesus Christ.  When we follow in Christ’s way, our lives are more abundant and more meaningful!”

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