1. Investments of Joy

    May 15, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    There are many ways to use your life, but there are only a few ways to invest it.

    One of the greatest joys of my life is training young men and women in the ministry through West Coast Baptist College.

    Today we had the privilege of graduating almost two hundred new laborers for the harvest. Within ninety days, graduates of the 2013 class will be serving the Lord in twenty-five different states and thirteen foreign countries.

    It has been a joy to invest in the lives of these students, making a joint investment in what parents, home pastors, teachers, and others have already poured into their lives.

    Is training people in the ministry difficult? Yes. Is it time consuming? Yes. Are there disappointments? Yes.

    But is it rewarding? A thousand times, yes! (more…)

  2. The Plow Is Calling

    May 9, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    This morning I challenged the seventeenth graduating class of West Coast Baptist College just moments before their commencement exercises began with a simple thought:

    The minute you leave, put your hand to the plow and practice what you have learned.

    Our students have spent four years learning—both in classrooms and through hands-on experience—how to serve as diligent laborers in the harvest. They have labored alongside our church family, and they are leaving their studies with a vision to do something great for God.

    Yet the ministry requires more than a vision. It requires work.

    Jesus said that one who would follow Him as a disciple was committing to “put his hand to the plough” (Luke 9:62). (more…)

  3. The Fruit of Christian Education

    June 1, 2011 by Paul Chappell

    This past Friday night was our Lancaster Baptist High School graduation. As a pastor, this was an evening of joy and thankfulness as I watched our young people prepare to enter adult life with a heart of commitment to the Lord. Many of these students have spent much of their lives at Lancaster Baptist Church, and I’m so thankful to be their pastor.

    What I saw Friday night was a testimony to the value of Christian education. It confirmed that the faith and sacrifice of parents over the years to give their children a Christian education is wise. It presented a beautiful picture of what can happen in a child’s life when he or she has the combined influence of Christian parents, a Bible-teaching and preaching church, and a Christian school.

    I’ve often told our church family, “Christian education doesn’t cost—it pays.” Watching our seniors graduate with pure and consecrated hearts and well-prepared for a life of service emphasizes the truth of that statement. I’m praying for them as they serve the Lord in the various capacities He has directed them, and I’m looking forward to seeing God continue to use and bless their lives.

  4. A Father’s Moment of Joy

    May 13, 2011 by Paul Chappell

    The sixteenth commencement exercise for West Coast Baptist College this past Wednesday marked a significant milestone for our family. Our youngest son, Matthew, and his wife, Katie, graduated. As they walked across the platform, I thought of 3 John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” What a joy it was to give them both their diplomas, knowing that they are already using the training they have received to serve the Lord.

    Matt and Katie met at West Coast Baptist College during their freshman year, and they were married in August of 2010. They both finished their classes this past December, and they have been serving in Oceanside, California, with Pastor Stephen Chappell at Coastline Baptist Church. Matt is the youth pastor, and he and Katie are serving God faithfully each week—reaching and teaching young people with the Word of God. (more…)

  5. WCBC Graduation Week—Celebrating 15 Years

    May 10, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    It’s hard to believe that with Wednesday morning’s commencement exercises, West Coast Baptist College will complete its fifteenth year of training laborers for the harvest. What a joy it is to have a part in the ministry of alumni serving around the world. And, although graduation is always bitter-sweet, we are thankful for the students who will receive their diplomas on Wednesday and join the ranks of WCBC alumni in ministry.

    Graduation week includes many events that are a blessing to students, family, and friends. This year, we will be able to livestream all of these main events at wcbc.edu. (All times listed are Pacific Time.) (more…)