April 5, 1972 was a turning point in Pastor Paul Chappell’s life. It was on that day that, as a ten year old boy, he trusted Christ as his personal Saviour. His heart and passion for God are evident in his desire to introduce others to Christ and see them grow in their relationship with Him.
Paul Chappell received his early schooling in Christian schools in Northern California. He attended high school in Seoul, South Korea where his parents served as missionaries. While in Korea, he learned many valuable lessons of preparation for ministry.
Sensing God's call to ministry, 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 Baptist Christian University in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was later honored with a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1995.
Pastor Chappell was called to Lancaster Baptist in 1986 by twelve members. The church was in foreclosure and could offer no pastoral salary; however, since that time God has blessed, and the congregation has grown from an average attendance of twenty to become one of the largest independent Baptist churches in the country.
Dr. Paul Chappell’s heartbeat is that of a pastor. He loves his church, and even through tremendous growth, Lancaster Baptist Church has maintained its close-knit family atmosphere and its passion for serving people.
Under Pastor Chappell's leadership, the church weekly engages in strategic and systematic ministry to the Antelope Valley community including age-specific adult Bible classes, student ministries and children’s ministries, a city-wide bus ministry, and a Spanish department.
God has blessed Lancaster Baptist Church with a beautiful campus for ministry. 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 1995 the church began the West Coast Baptist College. West Coast is training students from nearly all 50 states and 17 foreign countries, who will serve in local churches around the world. Other ministries of the church include the Lancaster Baptist School, Striving Together Publications, and the "Daily in the Word" radio & daily devotional ministry. "Daily in the Word" is heard on over eighty stations across America and in some foreign countries. He is the author of numerous books on spiritual leadership and the Christian life.
Dr. Chappell is married to the former Terrie Bianco of San Jose, California, and they have two daughters and two sons. His four married children and their spouses are all serving in fulltime Christian ministry.