Rev. David Rambarran
Other job experience: Youth pastor, North Miami Beach Nazarene Church and Miami Central Nazarene Church; real estate investor in Miami; youth minister in Guyana
Other community posts: Executive officer, Bags of Hope, which works with the church to collect clothes and food for the needy locally and in Haiti, India and South America.
Education: Master's degree in theology, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo.; degree in communications, Trinity International University in Miami; theological classes at Caribbean Nazarene Theological College, Trinidad.
Personal: Age 44. Born and raised in Guyana. Florida resident since 1988.
Family: Married to Diana, 37, office manager at the church. No children.
How did you get into your vocation?
It was my calling in 1997 when I had a great day as a salesman. I was driving on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami when I heard God speaking to me. He asked if I realized how much I could be doing for him. From that point on, I no longer ignored God calling me to serve.
What's the one most mistaken impression about your faith?
Many think we are out of our minds that we believe in a God who we can't see. What they fail to realize is that we can talk to him, feel him and see his works.
If you couldn't be a minister, what would you be?
I would probably go back to being a businessman, because I enjoy being independent. I like the challenges of doing something on my own and seeing it prosper.
What do you do to relax?
I go for long drives to Orlando and sometimes to Texas. That takes me away from the everyday operation of the church.
I like to play Ping-Pong in different local clubs.
Favorite vacation spot?
The Grand Canyon, because I love nature. It brings to mind this awesome, big God we serve. That puts my life into perspective.
That would be Tombstone. It's an entertaining western film that brings the message of good vs. evil.
Do you have a treasured possession?
My collection of eagle sculptures. I admire the eagle because it's a very majestic bird and it symbolizes freedom, free spirit and nature.
Is there one thing you can't stand?
As a pastor, I feel that I have to stand everyone and every situation.
Have you ever doubted your faith?
As a young Christian, I had doubts and wrestled with the questions. One was: Is Christ really there, helping me along when times get dark and things seem bleak? Another was: Is Christ really able to supply all my needs?
How did you resolve those doubts?
By learning the discipline of living by faith, and by trusting God even when situations look impossible. He has never failed me yet.
Motto or favorite scripture verse?
My motto is, "Preach the gospel always, and if necessary use words." My favorite scripture verse is from Ephesians 3:20. It states that God can do infinitely more than you can ever hope for or imagine.
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