Clare wasn't always a pastor. She started out as a regular person, with a regular career and a
hectic schedule-probably not that different from yours. But one day, about 21 years ago, God
started pushing Clare to leave her regular life and to follow a new path as a United Methodist
Minister. So that's what she did, and she's never been quite the same since. She's still a regular
person, but her priorities have changed a lot!
Clare is married to Reverend Tony Chance, who retired as senior pastor of First United Methodist
Church of Jacksonville in July 2018, after 23 years in ministry. Pastor Tony also wasn't always a
pastor. Before God came knocking on his door, Tony was a professional singer and entertainer,
having cut 17 albums (that dates him, doesn't it?) and appearing in London, Las Vegas, New York
and Fort Lauderdale.
Clare and Tony married on New Year's Day in 2007 and share four grown daughters: Devon,
Lauren, Lela and Emily. They are also obnoxiously proud grandparents of Lincoln, Miller and
Carter. And don't ask them about their dogs, Bella and Diego, unless you really want to hear
about them. (Seriously.)
Pastor Clare came to Avondale in 2013 after serving as the pastor of Broadway United Methodist
Church in Orlando for seven years. Before that, she was on staff at First United Methodist Church
of Ormond Beach. Before becoming a minister, Clare was Vice President of Marketing for a
not-for-profit hospital system and for a consulting company that helped big organizations to
strategize for success.
Clare graduated from St. Mary's preparatory school in Raleigh NC (where her mom was the
academic dean). She got her Bachelor's Degree from Duke University, her Executive MBA from
Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and her Master's of Divinity Degree
from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando.
Pastor Clare loves serving God with the people who are Avondale United Methodist Church. A
diverse group of Christ-followers, Avondale welcomes ALL people, regardless of economic
status, ethnicity, gender identity/orientation, nationality or ability. That diversity makes worship at
Avondale a rich experience-- Come and see!