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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 9:26–31

Barnabas took Saul, brought him to the apostles, and described to them how on the road Saul had seen the Lord. Acts 9:27

The apostles had known Saul to be an enemy and persecutor of the church. Therefore, they were reluctant to believe in Saul’s conversion and hesitated to welcome him into their community. Enter Barnabas, a respected member of the church. Barnabas was a man of standing who had been financially generous to the fledgling church. Barnabas, who’d had his own conversion experience, came to Saul’s defense. Eventually, on Barnabas’s word, Saul was…

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