About Paul Chappell
Dr. Paul Chappell, pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church, Lancaster, California, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his early schooling in Christian schools in Northern California and attended high school in Seoul, South Korea.
Sensing God's call to ministry, Pastor Paul Chappell enrolled at the Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology in 1983. While attending college, he founded and pastored the Seaside Baptist Church near Indio, California. He received a Master of Arts degree from the Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was later honored with a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1995.
Pastor Paul Chappell was called to Lancaster Baptist in 1986 by twelve members. The church was in foreclosure and could offer no pastoral salary; however, over the past twenty-four years God has blessed, and the congregation has grown from an average attendance of twenty to become one of the largest Baptist churches in the country. Today, the church occupies seventy-eight acres of land and has built several multi-million dollar buildings. The church annually gives nearly one million dollars to missionaries worldwide.
In 1989, under Pastor Paul Chappell's leadership the church began Lancaster Baptist School for the purpose of educating and mentoring the chidren of Lancaster Baptist Church. Other ministries include West Coast Baptist College, Striving Together Publications, a city-wide Bus Ministry, Spanish department, and "Daily in the Word" radio & media ministry. "Daily in the Word" is heard on over eighty stations across America and in some foreign countries.
Dr. Paul Chappell has been married to the former Terrie Bianco of San Jose, California, for 30 years, and they have two daughters and two sons. His four children are married and serving in full-time Christian ministry.
Dr. Paul Chappell is the author of several books: A Heart for God, To Seek and To Save, Enter His Presence, Guided by Grace, The Right Path, Order in the Church, Grace for Godly Living, A Firm Foundation, Acts: The Church Alive, Abiding in Christ, The Spiritual Leader, and The Road Ahead. He is a frequent speaker in Bible conferences throughout the United States and around the world.