Born in Indiana and raised in Florida, Carol L. Chambers first earned a degree in voice and then went on to complete a Masters' of Divinity Degree with specialties in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Formation. In 1978 she was ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention. She then earned a Maters’ Degree in Religion and pursued graduate studies in New York City in the fields of Ethics and Women in American Church History.
Beginning in the late 1980s, she was employed in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence and staff development while continuing to hold various part-time ministry positions. She was also a training consultant throughout New York State for the Department of Children and Families and several other agencies. After returning to Florida, she engaged in full-time ministerial work in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. She has since retired and while she retains her ordination status as retired clergy, she is no longer active in professional work in churches except as an officiant at ceremonies and celebrations.
She is a Level Three Reiki practitioner, a certified Animal Reiki practitioner, and a Shamanic Practitioner. She is an artist, poet, writer, public speaker, musician, and an active blogger. She lives in Central Florida with little Finian, her constant companion dog. She is a proud mother of one son and daughter-in-law, and a happy grandmother of two delightful grandchildren.
She has been in recovery from prescription drug abuse and alcoholism for over 33 years. More importantly, she is a survivor of a lifetime of mental illness and has explored the relationship between mental illness and spirituality for decades. She recently published her first book: The Journey of a Wounded Healer: the Mystical Web of Mental Illness and Spirituality.