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The Rev. Dr. Stephen Chapin Garner

Chapin is a native New Yorker, having grown up over the border from New Canaan in Westchester County. His greatest passions in life are being a husband, father, and pastor.

Chapin is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology, and he holds Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor at the Village Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the United Church of Christ in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Chapin has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alban Institute, he is an adjunct faculty member in homiletics and pastoral studies at Boston University School of Theology, and he is a resident preacher at the Church at Point O’Woods in Fire Island, New York during the summer.

Chapin’s books include:

  • Lost in the Middle? Claiming an Inclusive Faith for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical
  • Found in the Middle! Theology and Ethics for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical
  • Scattering Seeds: Cultivating Church Vitality
  • As The Spirit Moves: A Daily Devotional
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Chapin Garner. Senior Minister

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Chapin Garner
Senior Minister

(203) 966-2651, x1
chapin@godsacre.org

Daily Devotion

Read: Acts 8:1–3

That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Acts 8:1

The death and resurrection of Jesus may not have changed human nature, but it surely transformed the lives of the apostles. When Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, the disciples ran for their lives, leaving Jesus to face the consequences of his ministry alone. However, in this passage, as the apostles took up the mantle of leadership themselves, they were no longer easily shaken from their mission. Whereas…

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