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Stephen Chandler is the senior pastor of Union Church, based in Maryland, and the author of Stop Waiting for Permission. Through his unapologetic pursuit of fulfilling his God-given purpose, Union Church has become known for its unrelenting desire to unite people with purpose. Since its launch in 2011, Union Church has grown from fifty to thousands in weekly attendance, with tens of thousands joining live online every week. It has expanded to multiple campuses across Maryland. Stephen’s obsession with people, systems, and culture resulted in Union Church (formerly Destiny Church) being named the fastest-growing church in America by Outreach magazine. As a sought-after international speaker, he helps leaders maximize their God-given potential. In 2017, Chandler launched Union College to help leaders unlock their gifts, develop spiritually, and make a lasting impact on the kingdom of God. Through intentional classroom sessions and an experiential learning model, Union College graduates are grounded in God, freed to serve, fully equipped, and positioned to lead in the local church. Stephen’s true legacy is his wife, Zai, and their three beautiful children, Zoe, Roman, and Jade.

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