1. Into the Harvest: The Purpose of West Coast Baptist College

    May 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Since West Coast Baptist College opened its doors in 1995, our goal has never been students, but graduates. Although graduates must first be students, our focus is getting laborers out to the harvest field.

    By the grace of God and to His glory, there are currently almost 1,600 WCBC alumni serving the Lord around the globe. After today’s commencement exercises, that number will jump to over 1,800 alumni. We praise the Lord for the opportunity today to send the largest graduating class yet into the Lord’s harvest.

    As I was praying for this graduating class of 2014, I reviewed our college purpose statement and thought, with thankfulness, of so many of our graduates who are living this out in their ministries today:

    We exist to develop servant leaders with a heart for God who are committed to the Word, compassionate toward the lost, and compelled to change communities for Christ.

    Indeed, we need these kinds of leaders today: (more…)


  2. Investments of Joy

    May 15, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  3. 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…)


  4. 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.


  5. 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…)