Pastor Larry Chappell was born in San Diego, California. Saved at age five through the faithful instruction and godly example of his parents. At age nine Pastor Larry moved to Connecticut with his family to minister to Navy and Coast Guard personnel in the New London, Groton area. This ministry which began by Pastor Jay and Gary Coombs, served our military men and women for forty-seven years. Pastor Larry had the privilege of being right in the middle of this ministry as he grew.
After finishing college, Pastor Larry married Gayle Horn and started his 32 year career as an elementary school physical education teacher at North Stonington Elementary.
During those years Pastor Larry was very much a part of the Servicemen’s Christian Center and in 1978 was a part of the beginning of the North Stonington Bible Church. He served as a groundskeeper, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Youth Leader, and often helped to ease Pastor Jay’s work load by filling the pulpit. He served many years as a deacon and eventually transitioned to serve as an elder.
When Pastor Larry’s Dad became sick with cancer, he retired from teaching physical education to help full time in the church, and eventually became Pastor in January 2008.
After thirty-nine years of marriage, Larry and Gayle have five children and fifteen grandchildren.