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 13 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 will be the pastor of First United Methodist
Church of Jacksonville beginning July 1. 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 before becoming a pastor in 1995. See more about Tony's continuing music ministry
at tonychance.org .
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, Jake and Diego, unless you really want to hear
about them. (Seriously.)
Pastor Clare is coming to Avondale after serving as the pastor of Broadway United Methodist
Church in Orlando for the past 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.