The Venerable David Chambers

March 30 2016Archdeacon Emeritus David Houlden Chambers died peacefully on 21 March, aged 90. Born in India where his parents were serving as CMS missionaries, Mr Chambers was made deacon at age 26, in 1951, and ordained a priest the following year in Melbourne.

He served at parishes including Balwyn, Belgrave, Bentleigh, Ringwood, Sandringham and Richmond. He was Rural Dean of Croydon from 1966 to 1972, Archdeacon of Brighton from 1972 to 1982, Diocesan Consultant in Community and Welfare from 1979 to 1982 and Archdeacon in Community and Welfare from 1982 to 1987, after which he was made Archdeacon Emeritus. He retired in 1991 and continued to serve in honorary roles.

Mr Chambers’ funeral service was held at St Paul’s, Kyneton on 30 March.

Speaking at the service, his son the Revd Jonathan Chambers described his father as “loving and generous”, “stubborn and fearless”, a great traveller and adventurer — and a deeply spiritual person.

“In his late teens he had a personal conversion experience and took an active role in the League of Youth,” he said. He undertook “with zeal” studies at the Melbourne Bible Institute and Ridley College.

“In 1962 he travelled to the UK and studied at St Augustine's College in Canterbury, where he was exposed to the breadth of Anglican Communion, with students and staff from around the world.”

He said his father “never lost his zeal for telling people of the Good News. He was eclectic and inclusive in his spirituality, drawing on the wisdom of his heroes, Anthony de Mello, Desmond Tutu, Michael Fox, Rowan Williams, Pope Francis, Michael Leunig and Vincent van Gogh, to name a few.”

His participation as a Franciscan Tertiary was an important part of his spiritual journey.

He “was concerned how the Church could be more true… similarly, his search for how to live authentically never ceased and this included how we as a society can do better,” said the Revd Jonathan Chambers.

Read the eulogy by the Revd Jonathan Chambers here.