Chalmers L. McDougald
I was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, November 27, 1949 and raised by my grandmother in rural Harnett County, North Carolina. She taught me to believe in God and to seek him through prayer. Growing up, my aunts and uncles were great supporters, they did what they could to keep the family together. Everybody fed everybody else or gave shelter in a time of need. My aunts and uncles believed in me and correction was the order of the day. There were people in the Church and community I looked to for guidance. I saw them prosper by going to work, maintaining family, and serving the Lord in Church and Church-sponsored activities. My first two years of college were a total loss. I was away from the eyes of “Mama” (grandmother) and had no supervision. There I met and dated a young woman that had to be in Church on Sunday and thought I should. To satisfy her I went along with her, not because I wanted a relationship with God, but with her. By the end of my second year, I was asked not to return to school for a while. Drafted into military service in 1971, and two years later I returned home and married the woman I love to this day. Alice and I were married on April 20, 1973. We have two children and six grandchildren. Currently serves as Pastor of New Bethel AME Zion in Fayetteville, NC. It was May 1988 I answered the call to ministry. In August 2001, I accepted the call to fulltime ministry. I sensed God wanted more out of me. He wanted my life to be an example and I answered the call to full time ministry. The church grew to over four hundred in a town of eleven hundred people. I also had a twenty-five year career as a human resource professional. I am a graduate of Fayetteville State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a graduate of Campbell University Divinity School with a Master of Divinity.