She embraced God's call to ministry, but illness cut her life short

February 19, 2014

By Carol McPhail -

She had the voice of an angel, but Carrie Chandler Reece found her life’s work in ministry as a United Methodist pastor, welcoming broken souls and preaching at a small rural congregation in Summerdale.

The Bay Minette resident’s life was cut short by a rare form of a rare illness, Cushing’s disease, on the day after Christmas. She was 36.

“From the time she was a teenager, she loved people, and loved helping people,” said her mother, Cathy Chandler of Bay Minette.

Carrie’s husband, Ben Reece, said his wife had a gift for relating to young and old alike in the congregation at Summerdale United Methodist Church, where she served as pastor for three years. She welcomed people who were hurting, especially women. She wanted everyone to know the love of the Lord, he said. “She would just sit and listen to people.”

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