|Birth: ||Jul. 20, 1915|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 2004|
Bro. Chambers was the first General Secretary of the United Pentecostal Church Int. (1945) and later became the General Superintendent (1967) after the sudden death of General Superintendent Arthur T. Morgan, while addressing the General Board of the UPCI at the 1967 Gen. Conf. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bro. Chambers served until 1977 when he decided not to let his name run again. He was followed to the position by Nathaniel A. Urshan, at the Gen. Conf. in Indianapolis, Ind. (1977)
Stanley was the son of Rev. George and Blanche Chambers, the oldest of four children. His siblings were Bill, Edith and Georgia Mae.
On Sept. 7, 1940 He and Catherine Strepka were married in Brooklyn, New York by Bro John Rubin, Catherine's pastor, and Bro. Andrew Urshan offered the prayer. To this union four children were born, Jean Catherine (Paul) Cowell, Judith May (Robert) Bentley,, Larry (Gloria) and Jerolyn Marie, (Robert) Kelley.
Rev. Stanley W. Chambers of Bridgeton was born July 20, 1915, at Columbus, Ohio, and died Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Cypress Point Healthcare Center in Dexter at the age of 88.
Rev. Chambers was the general superintendent and minister of organized church. He was the general secretary of United Pentecostal Church International for 22 years, a pastor and missionary.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Strepka Chambers; three daughters, Jean Catherine Cowell, Judith Mae Bentley of Dexter, and Jerolyn Marie Kelley; one sister, Georgia Mae Fugate; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Lawrence Stanley Chamber; one brother, Willard E. Chambers; and one sister, Edith Lust.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2004, at New Life Pentecostal Church.
Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Arrangements are made by Collier's Funeral Home, 3400 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Ann, Mo. 63074.
Of all the men of distinction that have been part of the United Pentecostal Church, the life of Stanley W. Chambers, perhaps more than any other person, most closely parallels its history and its character. He is the last member of the original general board still remaining in this world.
Brother Chambers was born on July 20th, 1915 in Columbus, Ohio. He was born again of the water and the spirit at the church pastored by W. T. Witherspoon. Brother Witherspoon became his leader and mentor in the early years of his ministry. Later he moved to New York City to work as an office manager and bookkeeper for an expanding company. It was in New York, while working in the church pastored by Andrew Urshan, that he received his call into the ministry. It was also in New York that he met his lifes companion, Catherine Strepka. Together they consecrated themselves to the work of God.Page Down
Four children came from this union: Jean Catherine (Cowell), Judith Mae (Bentley), the late Lawrence Stanley, and Jerolyn Marie (Kelley).
Stanley Chambers began his full time ministry, pastoring the church in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. In addition to this responsibility, he conducted a radio program and started a new congregation in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He was also chosen to serve as the secretary of the eastern district of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, to which he belonged.
A dramatic change came in his life in 1945. He and wife Catherine traveled to St. Louis to attend the conference in which the United Pentecostal Church was formed by the merging of the Pentecostal Church Incorporated (PCI) and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ (PAJC). In this merger, it was decided that Brother Howard Goss of the PCI would be the superintendent of the new organization and Brother Witherspoon would be the assistant superintendent. A secretary was to be chosen from the PAJC.
As God would have it, Stanley Chambers had been using his office skills throughout this meeting by recording all of its happenings in shorthand. When it was time to choose a secretary who would also be the office manager for the churchs headquarters, it seemed that Stanley Chambers was the perfect choice. He was 30 years old at the time and had only held ministerial license for three years. It was required in the organizations by-laws that a man must hold ministerial credentials for five years before he could fill this office. The brethren voted to waive this ruling, and thus Stanley Chambers became the youngest man to ever hold high office in the United Pentecostal Church.
The headquarters of the new organization was located in a three story building in St. Louis. Brother Goss had an apartment on the third floor, the Chambers family of four occupied a small apartment on the second floor, the offices and shipping department were on the first floor. Brother Chambers main responsibility was to keep the business of the church in order and to oversee the operation of the headquarters offices. On weekends he would travel and preach. He also found time to open a new church in Crystal City, Missouri.
Stanley Chambers served efficiently and faithfully in this position for 22 years, under the leadership of Howard Goss and Arthur Morgan. In an unusual act of God, Brother Morgan died as he was addressing a board meeting at the general conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1967. Brother Chambers had gone to this meeting, feeling that God was changing the direction of his life. Little did he realize that he would be elected to serve as the new superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church.
Under Brother Chambers leadership, a new headquarters was built and paid for in Hazelwood, Missouri. It was a time of unprecedented growth in all departments. The UPC for the first time began to publish its own Sunday school curriculum entitled Word Aflame. He served in this position until he chose to step down in 1977. He announced, I am resigning, but Im not retiring
The words were true. In another unusual happening, he was chosen to serve as district superintendent of his home state of Missouri in 1983. He served for ten years and then chose to step down from his position as state superintendent.
Brother Chambers continued preaching worldwide during the years that followed. One highlight of those years was the opportunity to serve as pastor of the church in Vienna, Austria for an extended period of time. He has continued to serve on committees and boards connected with the official work of the United Pentecostal Church. He is a long time member of the board of Tupelo Childrens Mansion.
When asked about his many positions to the Church, his response was: I have had more honors than I deserve in my lifetime. Each time I served, it was because there was a need. God created the opportunity and I simply stepped in to fill the need. Catherine was always with me. We did it together.
Authored by Judith (Chambers) Bentley
Mount Hope Cemetery Mausoleum and Crematory
St. Louis County
Plot: 'Apostles' Lot #996, Grave #6
Created by: Rev. Dale Sims
Record added: Feb 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65069384
I'm thankful for this mans leadership and dedication to the truth. Praying we all meet before God's throne.|
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