NAME: Anthony Zamblé
OCCUPATION: Campus Ministries Director, North Park University, Chicago, IL
MARITAL STATUS: Sandra Zamblé
Faith Marie 25
HOW LONG YOU HAVE ATTENDED CHRIST CHURCH: We have been attending Christ Church since 2000.
AREAS OF PREVIOUS INVOLVEMENT AND MINISTRY:
I have been involved in multiple small groups. I was part of the original men’s service ministry.
We took some time off to help with a new church plant in Waukegan. I also served as an Elder for 2 terms. We were part of the original racial reconciliation discussion group about 4 years ago. I continue to be part of such discussions here at church as well as outside the church. I am currently working on a spiritual formation strategy for our university community with the hope of sharing insights I gain thereby with the church.
WHY YOU ARE WILLING TO SERVE AS AN ELDER?
First, I take seriously the collective discernment of our community in nominating me. Secondly, I believe that the Church, despite her shortcomings, remains the best organization to carry out God’s mission and vision for the world. For this reason, I consider it a privilege when called upon by the local church to serve in any capacity, except for singing as that would require a miracle.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF AN ELDER?
The elder, is above all, a servant of the faithful, who is tasked with caring for the well-being of the local church. This means, among other things, working with others to prayerfully discern the will of God for the body, and working courageously, creatively, and obediently to create and implement structures to help the body become all it is destined to be in Christ Jesus.
WHAT AREAS, IF ANY, YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY BE INVOLVED IN AS AN ELDER?
In the last few years I have spent a lot of time thinking about how we disciple people into the love of Christ. God is love. And his Church should reflect that love in how we do life together. The best demonstration of that love is how we care for one another regardless of backgroundwithin the church, and outside the church. We live in a country that is broken like any other country. That brokenness is reflected in how we continue to subdivide into “tribal enclaves”, be they political, theological, social economic, etc. And yet, according to Scripture, God in Christwas reconciling all things to Himself. This means, among other things, that division is not of God, but unity is. The Church, in my mind, should be a place where people are discipled to develop the heart and mind of Christ to love and care for all people. That is my heart for the church: to help create a space where every believer feels welcomed and encouraged to be their very best self in Christ.