C. Chappell Temple is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, and teacher, who has been appointed to serve as the lead pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land, Texas, a southwestern suburb of Houston. He  holds degrees from SMU, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Rice University, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Houston program of Perkins School of Theology, teaching United Methodist history, doctrine, and polity.  He is a great fan of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, G.K. Chesterton, C.K. Barrett, J.I. Packer, N.T. Wright, and other British thinkers who, like him, don’t believe in using their actual first names.

14 Responses to About

  1. Jolene Lanier says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I am excited to see what God has in store for my church, for your family, and for all the lives we in turn touch. God bless you for being His disciple and saying yes to His call. I can’t wait to meet you.

  2. Bob Caldwell says:

    Judy and I wish you and Julie God speed for your new ministry. We continue to hold both of you in our prayers. Judy & Bob Caldwell – Huntsville, TX

  3. Bill p says:

    We are so blessed to have you as our new pastor! Your intelligence and insights are a gift we’re lucky to have shared this morning.

  4. Jenny Lannom says:

    Hey, Chappell! Hope you are well! Marilyn Wardenburg sent me this link!

  5. Gene Steel says:

    Hi Chap, my old contact information is useless as you know, so I’m using your blog to see if you and Julie are interested/available for a December luncheon date.

  6. Jeff Labala says:

    Very well articulated!

  7. The Rev. Carlton T. Russell says:

    Dear Dr. Chappell:
    Here’s a trivial comment on your “Postscript to Portland” (Ministry Matters, 6.1.16). You begin “I’m almost afraid to admit it, but I think I came away from Portland if not quite ‘surprised by joy,’ to quote C.S. Lewis, at least somewhat cautiously optimistic.” I too thought this phrase originated with Lewis, and went into print (on an anthem) so attributing it. Later, I looked more closely at the title page of Lewis’s book by this title, where he quotes Wordsworth: “Surprised by joy — impatient as the wind”.
    Carlton Russell

  8. The Rev. Carlton T. Russell says:

    Sorry I got your last name wrong. . .


  9. Dr. Temple,

    Thank you for “telling it like it is” in your Mainstream/Downstream article. I would love to maintain contact with you and have the opportunity to share a Song Sermon at your church. Please visit http://www.ralphfreeman.com.

    Ralph Freeman

  10. Ernest Black says:

    Was wondering if you were the pastor who was at East Houston UMC years back?
    I am Ernest Black, my family all went to that church.

  11. Nick Landry says:

    “He is a great fan of….and other British thinkers who, like him, don’t believe in using their actual first names.” Best get a copyright attorney for that one old Chap 😉 Hahaha

  12. petemaxwell15 says:

    More power to one of the best churches in Sugarland TX! I only hear and attend service here along with another great church, https://lhhouston.church/lhsl/ and I really pray for it’s continued success!

  13. Marty T Graham says:

    Hi Chap! MartyTG here. Would love a to chat. Proud of your hard work.

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