Chris and Rachel Embler have been faithful faces around Clinton for the last two years. They are now taking their faith and sharing it with others, with hopes of spreading the love of Christ to everyone.
The Emblers are moving to Ocracoke Island to work helping spiritually rejuvenate pastors and other church workers who may have reached a point in their spiritual career where they feel they aren’t doing God’s work to the fullest.
Chris and Rachel came to Clinton from Topsail Beach where they worked with summer programs at an area church. At the end of their second year, Chris said he began seeing a need to move on and continue to spread God’s love.
“A the end of the second year, I saw it was time to go and and I began praying on where they Lord needed me to go,” Chris said.
Many Clinton residents have summer homes in Topsail and suggested to the Emblers they should move to Clinton and become part of the First United Methodist Church. Growing up in Smithfield, Chris said he was familiar with Clinton, but didn’t know much about living in the area.
One Sunday morning, Chris and Rachel said they go up and dressed their three small children and drove to Clinton for morning service at FUMC. Leading up to the Clinton visit, Chris said he and his family had visited other places, but all had been crossed off the list of places God wanted him to go.
“We just thought Clinton was going to be another place to cross of the list,” Rachel admitted.
But, God had other plans for Chris and Rachel. The trip, the family said, was a great trip, with the kids traveling at ease and the church welcoming them as they arrived.
“We came here not because we thought we needed to come here, but because the Lord put everything in place for us to come,” Rachel said.
During the Embler’s visit, Chris was approached about becoming part of FUMC’s youth program. It was a move Chris and Rachel say they knew they had to make.
Once arriving in Clinton, Chris said he became actively involved with Tim’s Gift and the ministry behind the organization. It, Chris said, served as a refugee for him at the times God was speaking to him.
“I saw the actions of Becky Spell-Vann and I wanted to be a part of what she was doing,” Chris said.
In their new adventure, Chris and Rachel will be working with GAIN, God’s Anointed in Need, a Christian ministry seeking to serve those who are called to full-time Christian service, such as pastors, evangelist, missionaries, etc. GAIN offers these servants of God a time of rest and renewal during a retreat on Ocracoke Island. These retreats are a free gift with all expenses paid through the donations given to the organization.
“Chris and Rachel have had a great impact on this community,” Spell-Vann said. “Part of their ministry is to use what God has equipped them with.”