Reverend Dr. D. Edward Chaney is the son of the late Reverend Dr. William E. Chaney and Dr. Florence Williams Chaney. He is a graduate of Sumter High School in Sumter, South Carolina. After graduation, He entered the United States Navy where he served actively for four years. After being honorably discharged, he matriculated to Limestone College in Gaffney, SC where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Responding to the call by God into the gospel ministry, Reverend Chaney graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC with the Master of Divinity degree and in May of 2014, received the Doctor of Ministry degree focusing on Collaborative Leadership in the 21st Century at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Pastor Chaney’s past and present memberships and affiliations are numerous including: Chairman of the Board for the Las Vegas Urban League, Life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Past Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee-NAACP, Board of Directors for the Nevada Health Center, The Executive Board for the Nevada/California Interstate Missionary Baptist Convention; The Executive Board for the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina; The Board of Directors for The National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.; The American Baptist Churches, USA; Instructor for the South Carolina Baptist Congress of Christian Education; Adjunct Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Benedict College, Columbia, SC, and Clinical Chaplain at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC.
In March 2007, Pastor Chaney studied Biblical Archeology at the Holy Land Institute in Jerusalem, which afforded him the unique opportunity to travel to biblical and historical sites, to preach and study.
Pastor Chaney is the former pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Eastover, South Carolina, Springhill Baptist Church in Eutawville, South Carolina, the Historic Mount Pisgah Baptist Church of Orangeburg, SC.
In 2008, Pastor Chaney was appointed by then Gov. Mark Sanford to the Orangeburg Mental Health Board-Orangeburg, South Carolina.
On January 1, 2009, Pastor Chaney began his tenure as the seventh pastor of the 2500 member Second Baptist Church of Las Vegas, NV. He led the congregation of Second Baptist Church through a half-million dollar sanctuary and vestibule renovation which included: the installation of new multimedia technology, new carpeting and pew refurbishment, vestibule redesign to include a welcome center, and bookstore. With his guidance and direction, Second Baptist has acquired numerous properties for future expansion, and is being led through structural reorganization which is fostered by leadership training and development, biblical teaching and doctrinal education. He provides ethical leadership for the church and community. He provides and implements ministry vision of commitment to communicating Christ in the community. He provides spiritual guidance for congregation and program direction for ministries. He develops and implement programs of service which enhance the holistic needs of the congregation and community. He maintains internal, outreach, and evangelism programs.
Pastor Chaney had the privilege of delivering the Devotional Message to thousands at the September 2010 gathering of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc in Kansas City, Mo.
On April 17, 2011 Pastor Chaney retired after 22 years of service (in three branches of military) as a Chaplain (Captain) in the United States Air Force Reserves at Nellis Air Force Base- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pastor Chaney, a constituent of the Honorable Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had the honor of serving as the distinguished guest Chaplain for the opening session of the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. on October 6, 2011.
In May of 2012, Pastor Chaney delivered the opening prayer for the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and November of the same year he had the honor of delivering the opening prayer for the President of the United States Barack H. Obama.
In August of 2012, Pastor Chaney was elected President of the Nevada/California Interstate Missionary Baptist Convention.
Pastor Chaney is a 2012 Recipient of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award.
Pastor Chaney is the 2007 Epsilon Omega Chapter recipient of the Charles Young Military Service Award for his outstanding military service and the 2012 Kappa XI Chapter Citizen of the Year Award. He is an active member of the Kappa XI Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Delta Theta Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
Pastor Chaney is married to the beautiful and brilliant former Ms. Avis C. O’Bryant of Augusta, Georgia and is the father of three exceptionally gifted children, Morgan Synclaire, Donald Edward II, and Lawrence William.