Bryan Chapell

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Bryan Chapell
Nationality American
Occupation Head Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church, Author
Spouse(s) Kathy Chapell

Bryan Chapell is the Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (Peoria, Illinois) and the former Chancellor[1][2][3] of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America.[4] He previously served as President of Covenant from 1994-2012.[5]


Chapell has a Bachelor of Journalism from Northwestern University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD in speech communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.[6]

At Covenant

Chapell began teaching at Covenant in 1985[citation needed] after ten years in pastoral ministry.[citation needed] Before becoming President in 1994, he served for six years as Vice President for Academics and Dean of Faculty.[citation needed] In his capacity as President and now Chancellor, he teaches in the Ministry and Proclamation departments.[citation needed] His appointment as Chancellor became effective on 1 June 2012.[2] On January 25, 2013 it was announced that Chapell would resign his position as Chancellor at Covenant Seminary effective April 15, 2013, and accept a call to serve as Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Peoria, IL. Also effective April 15, the Covenant Seminary Board of Trustees bestowed the title of President Emeritus, and Interim President Mark Dalbey appointed Chapell to the position of Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology.[7]


He is a speaker in churches and conferences around the country, preaching and lecturing on topics including grace, marriage, and journalism.[citation needed]


Chapell's book Christ-Centered Preaching won "Book of the Year" from Preaching Magazine[citation needed] and has established him as one of the nation's most recognized teachers of homiletics.[citation needed] He has written several other books, including:

  • The Promises of Grace
  • In the Grip of Grace
  • Using Illustrations to Preach with Power
  • Each for the Other
  • The Wonder of It All
  • 1 & 2 Timothy: To Guard the Deposit (with R. Kent Hughes)
  • Holiness by Grace
  • Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name
  • I'll Love You Anyway and Always, a children's book

He has also written many articles[original research?] as well as lyrics to several hymns.[citation needed]

In November 2009, Chapell signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws which they claim would compel institutional participation in, or blessing of, abortion, same-sex marriage, and other matters that go against their religious consciences.[8]

See also


  1. "Bryan Chapell steps down as President of Covenant Theological Seminary; appointed to new position of Chancellor". The Aquila Report. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-13. The following news release was sent out by Mark Dalbey, Acting President of the Seminary.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Why Covenant. Leadership transition. Communication from the Board of Trustees Regarding Leadership Transition at Covenant Seminary". Covenant Theological Seminary. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-13. Effective June 1, 2012, Dr. Chapell will...assume the new position of Chancellor. As Chancellor, Dr. Chapell will focus on representing the Seminary among its external constituencies...upon his return from his current sabbatical.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Bryan Chapell (9 May 2012). "Why Covenant. Leadership transition. Letter from Dr. Chapell. A time of transition". Covenant Theological Seminary. Retrieved 2012-05-13. of June 1, 2012...I will assume the Chancellor responsibilities following my current sabbatical.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Greg Edwards (7 May 2007). "Praying in style". St. Louis Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2012-05-19. Covenant Seminary, the seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America, has broken ground on a...three-story...administrative...building on Conway Road...scheduled for completion in August 2008, said Dr. Bryan Chapell, seminary president.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Announcement from the Covenant Theological Seminary Board of Trustees". Covenant Theological Seminary. Retrieved 29 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Bryan Chapell". Covenant Theological Seminary. Retrieved 22 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Dr. Chapell Named President Emeritus as He Accepts Pastoral Call: Communication Regarding Dr. Bryan Chapell". ByFaith Magazine. Lawrenceville, Georgia. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-03. At the regular quarterly meeting of the Covenant Seminary Board of Trustees on January 25, 2013...Interim President Dr. Mark Dalbey...appointed him Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Paul Kooistra
President of Covenant Theological Seminary
Succeeded by
Mark Dalbey