Bryan Chapell is the Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (Peoria, Illinois), the Founder and Chairman of Unlimited Grace, a radio and online Bible-teaching ministry, and President Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is an author, conference speaker, and also serves on the faculty of Knox Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor of preaching at numerous seminaries nationally and internationally.
Chapell married Kathleen Beth Gabriel on May 31, 1978, and the two have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.
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.
Chapell began pastoral ministry at Woodburn Presbyterian Church in Woodburn, Illinois in 1976 and subsequently pastored Bethel Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sparta, Illinois from 1978-1985. He became a professor of preaching at Covenant Theological Seminary in 1985, where he also served as Dean of Faculty (1987-1994), President (1994-2012), and Chancellor (2012-2013). On Easter, 2013, he became Senior Pastor of the historic Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and continues to minister in that capacity.
In 2015, Chapell and members from Grace Presbyterian Church founded Unlimited Grace Media, an independent non-profit media ministry dedicated to spreading the gospel of God's grace to all people. He hosts a daily half-hour radio Bible teaching program called "Unlimited Grace," which began airing in 2016 both nationally and internationally.
Chapell is a speaker in churches and conferences around the world, preaching and lecturing on topics including grace, marriage, worship, and Christ-centered preaching.
Chapell's classic book "Christ-Centered Preaching" has established him as one of the nation's most recognized teachers of preaching and is available in numerous languages and editions around the world. He has written several other books, including:
- "Unlimited Grace"
- "Christ-Centered Worship"
- "The Gospel According to Daniel"
- "The Promises of Grace"
- "Using Illustrations to Preach with Power"
- "Each for the Other"
- "Commentary on Ephesians"
- "The Wonder of It All"
- "1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit (with R. Kent Hughes)"
- "Holiness by Grace"
- "Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name"
- "The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach"
- "I'll Love You Anyway and Always, a children's book"
He has also written many academic and devotional articles as well as lyrics to several hymns.
Chapell is a founding member of The Gospel Coalition and continues to serve with its leadership.
Chapell has served with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association both in national crusades and in ministries to China.
In November 2009, Chapell signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox to support the religious right to address issues of poverty, human trafficking, abortion, same-sex marriage, and other matters that go against religious conscience.
Chapell has served in numerous roles of academic leadership, including the Standards Committee of the Association of Theological Schools.
In the national life of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Chapell has served as Moderator (2014), a member of the Constitutional Business Committee, the Standing Judicial Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Credentials Committee, and numerous local and regional offices.
Chapell has served on the boards of Serge, byFaith Magazine, God’s World Publications, Cass Information Systems, Inc., and in advisory roles for numerous boards, churches and academic institutions.