Reverend Gary G. Chapman is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ames Chapman of Wilberforce, Ohio. He attended Xenia High School and is a graduate of Central State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. While in college Rev. Chapman was involved with ROTC and upon graduation he was commissioned in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant. He was promoted to First Lieutenant, Field Artillery Division where he served admirably and was honorably discharged in 1992. Rev. Chapman is currently pursuing a dual Masters and Doctorate in Theology from International Theological Seminary in Bradenton, Florida.
Rev. Chapman was installed as the 30th pastor of Zion Baptist Church, Xenia, Ohio on December 11, 1994. As minister of his devoted congregation, his sermons are saturated with the word of God. Pastor Chapman’s ministry also extends into the community where he served as an Intervention/Prevention Specialist for the Xenia Community Schools providing insight and guidance for at-risk youth.
Currently, Rev. Chapman is the 2nd Vice President for the Ministers and Deacons Institute for the Western Union Baptist District Association. He has served as the President of the African American Ministerial Alliance of Greene County. Other areas of community service have included serving on the Board of Directors East End Community Organization, the Golden Age Senior Citizen Center and the Interfaith Hospitality Network. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Pastor Chapman was joined in matrimony with Miss Faith Wainwright of Louisville, Kentucky in June of 1997. They have three growing children: Mahogany, Malachi and Daniel. As an avid fisherman, Pastor Chapman not only has a strong love for God’s children but a strong love for what God has put in the sea, namely fish. In addition, he enjoys boating and traveling. He is an enthusiastic fan of both high school and college basketball. His lovely wife Faith celebrates his birthday with tickets to the NCAA basketball first round tournament held yearly in March.
Pastor Chapman has a strong faith and belief that “with God all things are possible”. As the Good Shepherd of Zion Baptist Church, he has tended to his flock and the church has flourished. With Gods help, he has had the courage to launch out and not be afraid of the deep and he has been rewarded with a “catch of many fish”. Throughout his life, Pastor Chapman has continued to fulfill what God has asked each of us to do, “To go and tell of the life, death, resurrection and salvation given to us through Jesus Christ”.