About Chappell Memorial Baptist Church
Chappell Memorial Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina was founded on December 11, 1972 under the leadership of the late Rev. Robert H. Lewis. Formerly part of the Providence Baptist Church on North Johnson Street (in the original Greenville Community), this fellowship moved to the Old Bethune School building located at 601 North Graham Street. This facility was later called the O.I.C. Building. At this location, the fellowship agreed the Church should bear the name of a former pastor as a memorial – the Rev. S. M. Chappell. Given the consensus, Chappell Memorial Baptist Church was so named. Led by Rev. J. M. Kennedy, Rev. A. J. Ryans, and Rev. Coleman W. Kerry, the Mecklenburg General Baptist Association acknowledged and dedicated this church and its charter members on June 24, 1973. There were 51 persons to begin a new work for the Lord.
Following the passing of Rev. Lewis on September 16, 1973, Rev. Wilson Mitchell was called to pastor the Church. His service began in November of 1973. Due to the closing of the O.I.C. Building, another facility had to be sought in which to worship. First Baptist Church-West opened the doors of its’ Extension Building at 1801 Oaklawn Avenue. In April 1975, the Church initiated a Bond Drive which generated the necessary funds to purchase the edifice at 412 S. Hoskins Road. On August 31, 1975, the Church moved to this new location where the building, and its’ members were dedicated to God.
Our membership grew from the original 51 members in 1973 to 152 by 1987. After fourteen years of devoted service and tireless spiritual guidance, Rev. Wilson Mitchell retired on October 1, 1987. Following his retirement, a Pastor’s Search Committee was formed to seek out another leader. In July of 1989, the Committee brought forth the name of Rev. Norman E. Kerry, Jr. The church body unanimously accepted their recommendation. Pastor Kerry’s service began on September 3, 1989, with Installation services following on Sunday, November 12, 1989.
With the establishment of an aggressive Building Fund Project, the mortgage on the 412 S. Hoskins facility was satisfied and the leadership worked diligently to secure a larger edifice to accommodate the growing membership. Under the direction of Pastor Kerry, we acquired the property at 110 Bradford Drive, where we presently reside. The move to this location took place on the first Sunday in June of 1995. The move was revered, time-honored and highly respected by the members of the church, as well as the city at large. It began with a closeout service at the Hoskins Road location and proceeded with a March leading us to 110 Bradford Drive. The service culminated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and laying of the official cornerstones in both the Sanctuary and Educational Buildings. In celebration of this special blessing, Dedicatorial Services continued throughout the month of June.
Accomplishments under Pastor Kerry’s leadership include:
- Extensive capitol improvements at the 110 Bradford Drive location
- Appointment of full-time church staff
- Ordaining of new Deacons
- Addition of saints to the Ministerial Staff
- Procurement of several contiguous properties for future expansion
- Establishing additional ministries to fulfill the needs of the membership
- Attainment of 501-C(3) Licensure and Status
Under the auspices of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Kerry endeavors to continuously grow the Chappell Memorial ministry. He continues to equip himself for the task through continued education and active involvement in the surrounding communities and spiritual arenas. As GOD bestows the vision for Chappell Memorial upon the spirit of our esteemed leader, we are committed to keeping him lifted in prayer – for we believe there are higher heights to be reached and greater blessings to be granted. We glorify the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as we commemorate thirty-seven years in December, 2009 as the ‘Church on the Word under the Cross’.