Pamela Chapman is a life strategist and motivational teacher who helps women expand beyond perceived limitations to raise the bar on their lives. She uses cutting edge coaching techniques to enhance women’s self-esteem and launch them into their God given purpose. Prior to becoming a strategist, Pamela served in corporate America for over twenty-nine years. Pamela holds a degree in programming from Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California, and is a Certified Coach. She also is a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist, a Certified NAMI Mental Wellness Specialist, and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Awareness Specialist. She has won numerous public service awards and is a published author. Pamela has one son, five grandchildren, and an eighty-five-year-old mother with whom she now lives.
Q. What changes are you noticing about your life and the world?
Putting God first gives me freedom and liberty. God gives me a love for people and life. I now believe that heaven and hell are states of being. Heaven is knowing that Christ lives in me—I’m his hands, mouth, and feet. I don’t necessarily believe in organized religion because people often use it to control others. People resent Christians who proselytize and try to convert them. I’d rather be Christ’s love in the world, sharing his passion and freedom with everyone I encounter.
Q. What is your earliest memory? Why do you remember it?
When I was about seven or eight, I asked my father for my weekly two dollar allowance. He replied, “You’re just a two dollar whore.” Those words stay with a girl forever. I’ve written a book called Heaven’s Hell: The Beginning. In the novel, I dramatize the effects of domestic violence on a young girl’s life, showing the emotional and psychological damage it can cause.
Q. What are your practices for connecting to your higher purpose?
When I was in that place of devastation—losing my husband, quitting my job, and moving to Colorado—I retreated, taking time to heal, rest, and wait for God’s direction. I felt God in me so powerfully but I also felt my husband, and he was pulling me to the grave. My body started shutting down but my will to live was stronger. I cried out, saying to my husband, “I love you but I can’t come with you.” Then, I committed myself to life. I returned to California every two months to see Dr. Diane, my nutritionist, and Dr. William Hinn, my pastor. I repeated to myself over and over again, “I am health, the healed of the Lord. Christ died so I could be whole.” I was transformed by the renewing of my mind, daily. Out of this grief and redemption, iAscend Programs was birthed.
For the rest of the interview, please check out the book, Seek The Lover Within: Lessons from 50 Spiritual Leaders.