John Chapman (evangelist)

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John Chapman

John Charles Chapman (23 July 1930 – 16 November 2012), affectionately known as "Chappo", was an Australian preacher, Bible teacher and evangelist[1][2] associated with the Sydney Anglican diocese. He wrote several books, including A Fresh Start; Know and Tell the Gospel; Setting Hearts on Fire, A Sinner's Guide to Holiness; and Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, all published by Matthias Media. The Australian edition of A Fresh Start has sold nearly 40,000 copies since 1999.

For 25 years he was the Director of the Anglican Department of Evangelism in Sydney, after beginning his career as a school teacher prior to theological training. In his retirement he continued to teach at Bible colleges, to speak at conventions[3] around the world and to find time for the occasional game of tennis and golf.

The single men's accommodation at Moore Theological College was renamed John Chapman House in Chapman's honour.

A biography, written by Michael Orpwood, was published in 1995 entitled Chappo: For the Sake of the Gospel. The foreword was provided by Dick Lucas - formerly rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate - a long-standing friend of Chapman.

In 1959, Chapman was curate of the Moree Anglican parish and held the Billy Graham Crusade landline services for the whole of Moree there. He started an interchurch prayer meeting in the Warriors Chapel of Moree's Anglican church in 1959 which is still going today. This is where he met Preston Walker, Aborigines Welfare District Officer and member of the Moree Methodist Church who later joined the British and Foreign Bible Society. Chapman valued the Christian fellowship of Preston and Kath Walker as they were former United Aborigines Mission missionaries from Western Australia and were evangelical Christians. Chapman taught woodwork in Moree before becoming a curate at Moree.

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  1. ^ "New course to 'introduce' Australians to God". Worldwide Faith News. 2003-10-15. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Evangelist John Chapman is home at last". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Australians a hard mob to convert". The Age. 2004-05-13. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  4. ^ Walker, S Preston (2005). The Bible to thousands: fulfilling the vision with the Bible Society in Australia 1963-1979. S Preston Walker, Brisbane. 
  5. ^ Walker, S Preston. Enriching Australia through educating indigenous people. KF Walker, Brisbane.