Dave Peppler, pastor

Dave Peppler, pastor of Chamberlayne Baptist Church, remembers the epiphany he had on a cold afternoon in northern Ohio when God gave him a sense of direction, after he had been wondering what life had in store for him. It was then that he knew that he wanted to become a pastor and serve God.

Peppler, a Delaware native who grew up in Ohio, was ordained in Brownsboro, Ky. in 1998, but his education didn't end there.

He completed courses at several colleges to piece together his desired undergraduate degree. He moved to Virginia in 2001 and earned his diploma of theology from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, as well as his B.S. in leadership and management from Bluefield College and master of divinity in Christian education from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond.

Most of Peppler's faith experience has come as a Baptist, and he has solely been a Baptist pastor, but he has an ecumenical heart and loves working with people of all faith practices, he said.

During the past 18 years, Peppler has served a number of churches in Virginia and North Carolina. He began at Chamberlayne Baptist in August 2016 and describes it as a unique congregation with a wonderful sense of community.

“Our congregation is quite diverse and we gladly welcome folks from all walks of life,” Peppler said. “You will not find any biases here and will be greeted with respect and joy while experiencing relevant worship.

“We are developing new materials right now to help folks learn even more about your family as they consider membership, including our beliefs, history and sense of God's leadership moving forward.”

When it comes to engaging members of his church, Peppler said that everyone has a part to play in the work of God's kingdom.

"We offer several ministry teams that focus on different ministries and encourage people to be a part of a team that matches their passions and skills for ministry,” Peppler said. “We are also beginning small group ministries to further engage people in growing their faith, as well as having activities throughout the year for fellowship and spiritual formation.”

Becoming satisfied or complacent in one's journey with God is a puzzle with a lot of missing pieces, Peppler said.

“Some people do tend to take faith for granted in that they become content,” Peppler said. “I believe that following Jesus should instill a consistent thirst for more of the good things of a life with Christ.”

In his very little spare time, Peppler likes to spend time with his wife Diane, his three sons and his two grandchildren. He also enjoys jigsaw puzzles, reading, writing, watching what he calls "pointless" movies and try to improve his golf game.

Peppler's favorite thing about Chamberlayne Baptist is its diversity and openness to God's leadership, he said.

“Even if that means going through some changes, we are determined that God is going to help us become a vibrant and relevant group of believers,” Peppler said. “The community of Henrico in which we live and serve in is fantastic, and we hope to continue to match the diverse nature of all of the people around us. God's love for people knows no boundaries, and neither should ours.”
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