Rev. Kalaba Chali

The Rev. Kalaba Chali is Zambian by nationality, Congolese by culture and Zimbabwe-American by education. Chali was a teacher before joining the ministry. His calling led him to Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe where he attended his first seminary and then at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. READ MORE

Rev. Chali currently serves as the Mercy & Justice Coordinator for the Great Plains Conference. In this capacity, Rev. Chali is responsible to equip and resource congregations in Nebraska and Kansas in their outreach, mission and social engagement efforts. Previously, he served as an intern pastor at St. Luke’s UMC in Orlando, Florida then Associate Pastor and Pastor in Dallas, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri. Chali became ordained as a United Methodist elder in 2006. He is also completing a Doctoral degree in intercultural studies and development.

He is married to Rev. Jill Sander-Chali and they have one daughter named Mapalo (which means blessings). Chali enjoys singing, teaching, facilitating seminars, preaching, traveling to new places, watching and playing sports, and learning new languages. He currently speaks seven languages and can read and translate Koine Greek and Biblical Hebrew. He has served as a language interpreter for the 2016, 2012 and 2008 General Conferences as well as the 2016 and 2011 World Methodist Conferences.

“I experience Gods’ love…”

Through fellowship, encounters with new people and new places, listening to people’s stories and bible stories, and through music. God’s stories become tangible and clearer when I meet new people and allow their stories to be in tension with my own stories. At the intersection of these conflicting stories is where I begin to find meaning in the stories of God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

“God’s love is shared with me through…”

what children, the marginalized and those in the periphery of society find in the biblical stories. The meaning that the least and the poor rediscover from the biblical stories enlighten my soul’s desires. I long to understand the biblical texts from what those different than me find as good news.

Favorite Verse or Passage:

Eugene Peterson’s translation, The Message, of Micah 6:8, which reads
But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what GOD is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously.

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