Pastoral Care

Providing pastoral care is an important part of the ministry at St. Luke’s.  Pr. Paul is available should you need conversation, prayer, private confession, or spiritual guidance.  Hospital or home visitation is available.  Holy Communion is provided to our homebound members on a regular basis.

Pastor Paul E. Chapman – Bio:

Pastor Paul E. Chapman St Lukes Lutheran ChurchEverything you need to know about Pr. Paul (maybe)

Family

– Born September 30, 1961 in Chicago, IL, the second son of Frank and Lucille (Maniscalco) Chapman, both deceased.

– One brother, Mark, who lives in Columbia, SC

– Married since 1997 to Rev. Lynette Chapman (currently pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Quakertown).

– We have a  daughter (adopted), Raylynn.

– We have two cats, Abby and Mel

Education

– Graduated from Luther High School North (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) in Chicago – 1978

– Enrolled in North Park College in Chicago in 1978, graduated from North Park in 1993 (long story, ask me sometime) with majors in Music and Political Science

– Graduated from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg in 1999

Work

– Freelance musician in Chicago for 20 years (trumpet, recorder)

– Church organist and Choir Director at several churches in Chicago

– Manager of several stores in Chicago-area record store chain

– Synodically Authorized Lay Minister – St. James Lutheran Church in Pitman, PA 1999-2001

– Ordained in 2001

– Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Mahanoy City, PA 2001-2005

– Bridge Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jamison, PA 2005

– Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spinnerstown, PA 2005-2012

Hobbies/Recreation

– Reading: I read religion, theology, spirituality a lot; I also read about American History, Ancient and Medieval History, Baseball, and Science; I read science fiction, mystery and adventure novels; and I read comic books

– I watch a lot of sports, especially baseball (life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs, now also able to root for the Phillies) and football

– As a family we like to hike and travel

– We play miniature golf and go to baseball games (especially the Reading Phillies and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, but we try to see games wherever we go, if possible)

– I enjoy building Legos

I hope this gives you a sense of who I am and where I’ve come from. Of course there is much more to my life that isn’t here, and I am sure you will hear stories from me about my life and my family as we spend more time together. I look forward to hearing your stories, as well.