Chantal Denise James

Chantal Denise James was born on August 18,1976 to Robert L. and Ruby M. James. She was the youngest of four siblings, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She accepted the Lord in her life at an early age and even through her illness her life reflected the power of God’s love, His grace, His mercy and His divine healing.

Chantal graduated from Mifflin High School in 1994. She was active on the tennis team, the Mifflin Choir and the Mifflin Ensemble. She was known and recognized by many for her gifted voice and her ability to teach and train the voices of others. She expressed her love and passion for music through the ministry of directing. Prior to the decline in her health, Chantal was the anointed director of the New Mt. Sinai C.O.G.I.C mass choir. She also directed other local choirs and groups.

Chantal had a special love for people, especially children. She expressed her love, by fostering abused and neglected children. In 1999, she was licensed through the State of Ohio and contracted through The Village Network of Columbus where she invited children into her home and life. She provided them with the love and compassion they needed to become empowered to soar above their situations. Chantal remained an advocate devoted to families until 2017 when her health no longer permitted her to continue. Although Chantal took this passion seriously, she did not limit herself, but rather sought out to further her education and pursue other endeavors. In 2008 Chantal attended Columbus State Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts Degree. In 2010 she attended the University of Phoenix where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 2013 she earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a certification in Health Management from DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management.

Chantal’s experience and educational background both played as major ingredients to her success. She considered it an honor to be a Resource Coordinator and Site Director in the Whitehall City Schools. Blessed with an entrepreneurial vision, she exposed this gift when she became an educator in the Columbus City School District as well as one of the after school and summer enrichment programs. Chantal also birthed Sessions LLC. This company became one with her as she sought out to brand the Brande.

In June of 2002 Chantal birthed the greatest of gifts, her twins Zachariah and Ozyon James. All who knew her knew one thing that was truly solid and grounded was her love for her children, whom she called her jewels. She had so much life yet left living that she shall continue to live for many decades to come. Amongst the many accomplishments Chantal earned in life, the greatest of them is the relationship and commitment she confesses to having with God. We believe that the soul of her will rest in the arms of Our Heavenly Father.

Chantel was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Robert L. lusane and Sammy L. James and her grandmother, Louise James.

Chantal is greatly loved by many. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving children, a son, Zachariah James; daughter, O’Zyon James; beloved parents, Robert and Ruby James; two sisters, Merlyn and Cynthia James; brother, Roger James all of Columbus, Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Visitation 6:00 PM and Life Celebration Memorial Service 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at New Mt. Sinai COGIC 4345 Cleveland Ave. Chantal will Lie in State at 9:00am until time of Home Going Service at 10:00am Wednesday February 20, 2019 at New Mt. Sinai COGIC.

Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens

Condolence Messages

  1. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our heartfelt condolences. May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of need. With caring thoughts.

  2. May your hearts be comfort by the love of God in this hour of difficulty. Your family is in our prayers.
    The MADDOX Family
    Americus, Georgia

  3. May God sustain you during this challenging time. He is able and eager to provide the necessary help and encouragement so that you can cope. Almighty God has promised that he will soon end death once and for all and resurrect all those who are in his memory. (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:3, 4

  4. Irish J. Richardson

    To the James family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. (Acts 24:15) and (John 5:28,29) In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. (Mark 5:41-43) To learn more about God’s promises go to JW.ORG. Love Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson

  5. Sister Jo Ann Burger( FLORIDA)

    To Rev./Dr. and Lady Robert/Ruby James
    I send my love and condolence to you for the lost of your daughter Chantel. I can remember her smile and she is still smiling now that she is with the Lord.
    My prayers are with you and your family for comfort and peace.
    Love you

  6. Dr. Robert and Mrs. Ruby James
    It saddened our families (Winston Butler/Patrina Hannah) when we heard of Chantal’s passing. It is our prayer that God sustain you during this most difficult time.

  7. Kevin & Lisa McPherson, Mooresville, NC

    Sending our love and sympathy to our Ohio Pastor and 1st Lady and Family. May God comfort your hearts during this difficult time.

  8. My deepest sympathy to the James Families of the passing of Chantal and to those whose lives were touch by her.
    Throw all of your anxiety on God because He cares for you.2Peter 1:3,4.

  9. Sending my love and prayers to my James family. Rest in peace my beautiful cousin.

  10. Ruby and Robert and family
    I am sorry for your loss and you will be in my prayers

  11. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
    My sincere condolences to the James family and those who knew and loved Chantel as they mourn her passing.
    The Bible promises at Acts 24:15 and John 5:28,29 of a resurrection, which is a sure hope of being reunited with our dead loved ones.
    For more information visit and click on Bible teachings; Can the dead really live again in the search area.
    Wishing you comfort and peace.

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