“Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land.”
– Isabelle Carter Heyward
The Reverend Chaunté Rogers is a native of Britton’s Neck, a rural community in Marion County, South Carolina. She is a called woman of God, exercising her calling and anointing as a preacher and pastor in the metro Columbia area. Educationally, Rev. Rogers matriculated at the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. Later, in commitment to her calling and a sincere desire to better equip herself for ministry within the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in 2017. Her graduation was made possible partly by a scholarship established by the seminary in memory of the nine slain victims of the Mother Emanuel shooting on June 17, 2015. Rev. Rogers was the first student to receive this scholarship.
Called to the gospel ministry in 2006, Rev. Rogers declared, before a listening crowd on February 3, 2008, her convictions about God and the saving power of Jesus Christ in her “trial sermon.” As evidence of her calling, a decade later, she accepted her first pastoral charge as the pastor of Mill Creek African Methodist Episcopal Church on November 9, 2018. Her loving and charismatic approach to ministry and servanthood reinvigorated that congregation through fun, energetic, and compassionate leadership.
While ministry is second to God and family, Rev. Rogers is gainfully employed as a Senior Consultant for the State of South Carolina, overseeing outreach and communication initiatives. A blogger at heart, Rev. Rogers previously wrote for Lexington Medical Center regarding all-inclusive matters about women. As a form of outreach and devotion, she writes a ministry blog called: “Say That, Girl!” which ministers to women who’ve experienced personal or mental trauma from unavailable, unattached, or absent fathers.
Before being called to the pastoral ministry, Rev. Rogers was an associate minister at Bethel AME Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and served as the Minister of College Ministry for over a decade, and later as Christian Education Director. As part of her community engagement and volunteerism, Rev. Rogers is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Ivy Heritage Foundation, community agencies that allow her to engage and interact with various causes and personalities.
A humble person who strives to fulfill God’s calling on her life daily, Rev. Rogers endeavors to be an available vessel used by God wherever God directs her path. Currently, she serves as the pastor of Friendship AME Church, Columbia, South Carolina.
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