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Donald A. Chapman, Jr., 1947-2002

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  From the first time I met Don, I knew he was a unique person set apart by his love for the Lord his Savior and his love for the Word of God. In Bible college, he was noted for his self-discipline and dedication to the accurate study of the Word. He immersed himself in Koine Greek, Hebrew and textual criticism so that when he stood in the pulpit he knew absolutely what he taught was truth.

  Don was born in Washington, D.C., to Donald and Page Chapman Sr. He trusted in Jesus Christ as his Savior at 8 years of age. His parents were faithful in teaching him and his brother, Mark, the importance of studying the Bible and growing in the Lord. They encouraged Don and Mark in their Sunday school and church attendance. Don attended Washington Bible College as a music major, but came to realize that God was calling him into the ministry.

  Don and I spent time in Southeastern Kentucky with Scripture Memory Mountain Mission. Then, feeling the need to further his biblical studies, we moved back to Northern Virginia where he attended Capital Bible Seminary. Don worked in law enforcement in Arlington County, Virginia, while going through seminary. He eventually gained his Doctorate in Theology. In 1975, Don was called to be the pastor at Berachah Church in St. Augustine, Florida. The Lord gave Don a 10-year ministry of concentrated Bible teaching, radio evangelism, and personal discipleship with this church.

  In 1985, the Lord moved us, now with five children, to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and then to Suffolk, Virginia. Don worked as an insurance agent for Al Vincent’s Insurance Agency and was the keyboardist for The Melody Makers. More importantly, Don was the associate pastor of Ivor United Methodist Church and Rocky Hock United Methodist Church.

  Don’s life revolved around studying and preaching the Word of God. He used his musical talents not only to write songs, but also to perform them to God’s glory. He constantly sought ways to tell others about God. Even during his final hospitalization, his focus was on talking to his doctors and visitors about the Lord, whom he loved dearly. Don was called to be with the Lord on the second of November. Although he is in heaven, Don’s work for the Lord continues. The Truth Don lived and preached will grow as we share with others his teaching on what Christ has done for us all.

  "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow."

— Judith Chapman and family



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