“A Bridge in Our Community”
Chantel Parris is a Highlands County small business owner, ordained minister, and youth pastor. Chantel approaches everything she does with a can-do attitude, empowering, and uplifting those she encounters. She has two beautiful adult daughters T’Chana and Curia and a beautiful granddaughter, Saniya.
As a former Development Specialist with Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, Chantel possess over 10 years of experience in County Development Services. Chantel has assisted numerous contractors and residents with building permits with residential, agricultural, and commercial properties.
Chantel served as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, Guardian ad Litem volunteer trainer, and full-time child advocate. She worked faithfully within the Court System as a voice to children who experienced abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Chantel also worked as a Child Protective Investigator for the State of Florida in Highlands, Hardee, and Polk Counties.
As a local business owner, Chantel regularly contributes to several local charities including Highlands County YMCA, Hope Haven Transitional Housing, Saunders Second Chance, and Florida Medical of Honor Memorial to list a few. Chantel currently serves as youth pastor at Bountiful Blessings Church of God, board member at Highlands County YMCA, Youth for Christ youth leader, a member of Toastmasters International, Ambassador with Sebring Chamber of Commerce, and a Rotarian with the Sebring Sunrise Rotary Club. She provides her time, talent, and products to raise funds for women's shelters, food pantries, animal rescue, and support services for senior citizens and individuals living with disabilities.
Chantel graduated from Sebring High School and started her college journey in 1992 at South Florida Community College (renamed South Florida State College). SFSC jump-started her educational journey. Chantel received her Associates of Arts in Church Ministry in 2011, Bachelor of Science in Transformational Christian Ministry with a Minor in Social Work in 2013, and Masters of Ministry in 2018, from Warner University, Lake Wales, Florida.
Chantel’s calling and purpose in life is to administer to those in pain. Her aim is to inspire others, inside out! Her philosophy is, “And why not?” She believes we can achieve what we put our minds to achieve. “And why not?” is a question she asks herself when she has a goal in mind to attain. If she can believe it, she can achieve it! “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: The LORD will give grace and glory: No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” KJV 84:11 Psalm
Chantel’s interest in the Commissioner seat is an answer to the calling from God to serve Highlands County. Chantel is a bridge to the community and is humbled to serve.