Dr. Bryan Chapell's Biography

Dr. Bryan Chapell is the Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Peoria, Illinois. 

Dr. Bryan Chapell is highly regarded in the evangelical community as a preacher, teacher, and author.


He began his ministry pastoring in churches that include Glen Ridge Presbyterian Church in St. Louis (1976), Woodburn Presbyterian Church in Woodburn, Ill. (1976-80), and Bethel Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sparta, Ill. (1980-1986). Bryan then joined the Covenant Theological Seminary faculty fulltime in 1986 and has since served as a professor, Department Chair, Seminary Dean, and Executive Vice President. From 1994-2012, he served as the Covenant Theological Seminary's President. He has also served as President of Christ College in Taiwan. From 2012-2013, he served as Chancellor of Covenant Seminary, representing the school both nationally and internationally through leadership and speaking responsibilities in organizations throughout the world.  Dr. Chapell also serves as one of the many council members and writers of The Gospel Coalition.  Also, he served as the moderator for the 42nd PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) general assembly. He is a ordained PCA minister and is a speaker in churches and conferences around the country, preaching, and lecturing.


Dr. Chapell became the Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.  The church has about 2,000 attendees every week.


Dr. Chapell's academic expertise is in homiletics (i.e., preaching). In fact, his book, Christ-Centered Preaching, is a standard text in seminaries worldwide. Now in its second edition and available in multiple languages, this influential book has been praised by academic journals and leading Christian magazines as the best current work on the value and methods of expository preaching. Other award-winning books of his include: Christ-centered WorshipThe Wonder of it AllThe Promises of GraceEach for the OtherHoliness by Grace, and Praying Backwards. In addition to works written for theological purposes, he also is the author of a children’s book, I'll Love You Anyway and Always.


Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English literature, and American history at Northwestern University (1975), Bryan moved on to Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis to earn his Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Studies (1978). He then earned his Doctorate in Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (1987).Dr. Chapell is married to his wife of 34 years, Kathy, who is a flutist, music director, and choir master. Dr. Chapell and Kathy have three married children (Colin, Jordan, and Corinne Mather), and a daughter (Kaitlin) who is a college student.

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