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WNSW 1430AM and on WLIB/1190AM. Beginning in the early ‘70s, his programs served radio listeners for over 30 years. He preached, marketed his various businesses, and made announcements for his church activities. “We also opened the mic to other ministers in the area at no charge to announce their activDaughter Stephanie ities or even preach to the listening audience,” he said. One listener, Charlene Carter, who now ministers at True Holiness Pentecostal Church in the city, remembers him as a young preacher when the church was still small. She lived on the same block as the church and Chamblee officiated at the wedding of her sister in 1978. “He was one of the first of what I would call a ‘community pastor,’” she recalled. “He gave away food baskets before any of the other churches were doing that kind of thing, and he was especially open to helping homeless teenagers in the area. He was very handson in the neighborhood.” Among his legions of friends and colleagues, two stand out prominently: Bishop L.N. Forbes and Rev. Dr. John T. Teabout, Sr. Chamblee and Forbes, now the pastor emeritus of Faith Temple Original Freewill Baptist Church in East Orange, got along so famously over the years that a corner booth in the restaurant is reserved in Forbes’ honor. Bishop Forbes’ nephew, Elder Eric Dickerson, said the two share a special bond. “They are like brothers; they’ve known each other since 1966,” he explained. “Bishop was especially impressed with Pastor Chamblee during the Newark riots. When the public buses weren’t running, Pastor used his buses to transport people, free of charge.” A prepared statement from Bishop Forbes said: “Pastor Chamblee is one of the nicest, cleanest, and most faithful men I have ever known.” Reverend Chamblee took the death of Rev. Teabout, two years ago, especially hard. Taking him under his wing when Teabout was just a boy, Chamblee considered him a son. He encouraged the young man to finish school, go to college and seminary, “I wanted him to do the things I was unable to do,” Chamblee reflected. As pastor of Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Teabout went on to become one of Newark’s outstanding preachers. His daughter, Stephanie, says planning has already begun for his 50th pastoral anniversary in the fall. Many say his staff is running things, but make no mistake. Those who work in the business and all www.thepositivecommunity.com

who really know agree that “Reverend runs this place, all decisions are made by him.” But what does the pastor himself say about his life’s journey? “Faith to me plays a great part in my life, because I feel that If I could develop the confidence and faith in what I believe, it will prove itself in what it says in the scriptures (Hebrews 11:1),” he explained. “By me knowing, and trusting, and working toward the scriptures, what you want may not come today or tomorrow, but it will come if you work toward it long and hard enough. God will give you the answers. You can’t really be successful with the little you have unless you exercise your faith in Him.” So if you’re ever in Newark’s Central Ward, near the corner of Hunterdon and Madison, you can in no way go wrong if you stop at Chamblee Square Restaurant. The freshly-swept exterior beckons you in for a plate of delicious grits and eggs, or oxtails and rice with that cabbage/collard mix, or their signature chicken and dumplings. Most likely, if it’s early in the day, Pastor Chamblee will greet you personally, top hat on, white chef’s apron neatly tied, and in comfortable running shoes. Newark has done a lot for E.L. Chamblee, but he’s given as much as he’s received, and made a way seemingly out of thin air because of his faith in God, his love of people, and his service to the City of Newark.

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