It was while they were serving a local church in East Tennessee where Liz worked as an administrative assistant to the children, youth and adult ministry that she found her gifts in desktop publishing and computer software diagnose and repair.
After leaving East Tennessee; Todd become the Church Business Administrator at a mega church in Georgia, Liz found a job in the corporate world using her skills in computer, desktop publishing, public relations, computer software repair, computer hardware installation and computer programming. Even with a busy schedule, Liz continued serving the church teaching two years old’s in Sunday school, Bible studies and assisting in various areas within the church to help further the ministry God had called them to do.
In 2004, Todd took his first appointment as a Holston Annual Conference Pastor and now serves as the Senior Pastor at Alcoa First United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN.
On December 9, 1999 Liz’s life, and indeed the life of her family came to a screeching halt, when a pesticide technician came in a sprayed her office in an inappropriate manner. Liz was rushed to the hospital by a co-worker. God in the Midst of Thorns—A Journey of Faith, Hope, Strength and Justice Shares the faith journey Liz, Todd and their family have taken over the past 20 plus years. In this book of hope, the reader is taken on an intense journey of how God saved Liz’s life many times. Written together, this couple reveals how their faith in God would grow stronger and eventually reach millions of people through their witness and faith sharing. In 2015 Liz and Todd were able to share their story on The Dr. Oz Show in New York, NY; which was broadcast in syndication and was seen by over 3.5 million viewers.
God in the Midst of Thorns is a powerful story of faith and perseverance as a couple and their children face 12 years of legal challenges, medical diagnoses, and faith to lead local congregations in the midst of personal challenges and thorns.
God in the Midst of Thorns in now on sale at various online bookstores including: WestBow Press, Cokesbury, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, Walmart, and many other online services, and in some retail stores nation-wide. ISBN 978-1-9736-6115-3
Note: Due to the nature of the work, names of individuals, cities, states, churches and places of businesses had to be changed. Liz and Todd Chancey wrote this book under their pen names Hilda and Christopher Talley.
This book is a great individual read and is also designed to be used for small group or Bible study material. Liz and Todd are available to share their story with churches or small groups interested in hearing how God sustained them and how God has helped them cope and grow in his love and grace even in the midst of personal challenges and many thorns. They are easily available by calling or texting Todd’s cell phone at 423-290-3999.
Rev. Chancey and Liz have two daughters and sons-in-law and three beautiful granddaughters. They have been married for over 38 years.
Elizabeth Chancey (pen name: Hilda Talley) and her husband Rev. Todd Chancey (Pen name: Christopher Talley) have been in full time ministry in the United Methodist Church for over 32 years. Their ministry began in youth and children’s ministry, and ...