Dr. Christopher Chappell Talks Becoming a Pastor, Gives Advice to Black Men and More

Check out our interview with pastor, businessman, and author Dr. Christopher Chappell. He talks about what inspired him to become a pastor, advice to black men and how people can live to win.

What inspired you to become a pastor?

Becoming a pastor was never my ambition in life. My father was a preacher and pastor, though many would lay claim that I too, would become a preacher and pastor, I fought to live contrary to that lifestyle. I was determined to prove this would never be my story. My desire was to fulfill my life as a businessman and to make millions. The day came while I was riding on I-285 in Atlanta, passing the Peachtree Industrial exit and a quiet voice spoke. That’s when I recognized it was my time to accept this call as a preacher. My response was yes, and my speech to my wife was, “I don’t want to be a pastor, but I will use my preaching to enhance my music ministry.” While in seminary school I remember being in church and having a desire to see people live life to their fullest potential through the abundance of life that comes through Jesus Christ. I told one of my professors and his response was, “Are you sure?” His next response was, “What makes you so sure?” I then repeated my desire and call to see people live victoriously and prosperously. The next week, my professor brought me a list of churches and non-profits that were looking for pastors and needless to say the rest is history. I enjoy promoting the church and welcoming anyone who wants to join. I put up posters around the local area and I’ve even considered buying Promotion Choice church fans.

In the current political state of the country, what advice do you give minority men to fight for change?

The advice I give to minority men is that what we are facing is nothing new. Reflecting on our history of being suppressed, forced to learn without books, forced to live under substandard conditions of job opportunities, and less than pay in many times been the norm. The difference between then and now is simply the mindset. I watched men growing up who had less education, money, and opportunities do more in life. African-American men were proud of their heritage and they knew that in order to rise up they would have to move from ordinary to extraordinary. They were determined to succeed and recognized that failure was not an option. This would be my word of advice to minority men today; we must live life with purpose. Purpose goes beyond success but is found in living life with significance. How am I making the people around me and in my community better? Secondly, you must pursue your purpose with passion. I find many men live life with a sense of entitlement, but you never get what you earn, you only get what you are willing to work and fight for. Lastly, you must have a plan. Ninety-seven percent of all people work for the three percent of people who plan. When you wake up in the morning you must work your plan. Failure to plan is a plan to fail. I am often asked what is it that drives me? My response is the fear of failure drives me. There are many days I am fatigued, mentally and physically challenged, but my plan in pursuit of my purpose will not allow me to take a day off. Though you may sleep or even rest, your vision and purpose never take a day off. It’s not that I am so demanding, but my purpose is demanding of me 24/7.