Rev. David N. Peppler, Sr.
Please, call me “Pep.” Since 1999, God has graciously invited me to serve alongside some phenomenal people at churches in North Carolina and Virginia. I’m a graduate of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Bluefield College, and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. My motto as a minister is to help people see and become all they can be in Christ.
I’m blessed to be married to the best woman on the planet, Diane, and have three sons and two grandchildren. When I’m not serving the church I enjoy reading, relaxing, watching pointless movies, cooking on the grill, jigsaw puzzles, knee surgery (9 so far – some hobby, eh?), and trying to improve a pathetic golf game. I believe that “life to the full” is a life immersed with joy from above, so expect to experience a lot of smiles and laughter with me.
Director of Music MInistry
Chris joined the Chamberlayne Baptist Church staff in October of 2015, after having spent the previous 12 years as tenor soloist and section leader at Seventh Street Christian Church. Originally from Alexandria, Chris has considered Richmond “home” since moving here to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001, where he received his Bachelor of Music in 2006, with a concentration in Vocal Music Education. Chris began attending the Baptist Theological at Richmond as a part time student in 2016. Chris is trained as a classical singer, plays the clarinet, and also plays a variety of recorders and folk winds. He warns, “just do not ask me to play the piano” which is one of the many reasons he is happily married to his wife, a piano major.
Chris and his wife, Reverend Kim Crowley, live in southside’s Westover Hills neighborhood with their daughter Erica (1) and dog, Iris. During the day, Chris works for Colonial Scientific, a laboratory supply company. Chris is also the volunteer tenor section leader for the Richmond Symphony Chorus. When not working in some capacity, Chris is likely either sleeping or at a VCU basketball game, cheering on the Rams.
Rev. John Hamlett, LPC
“Pastor John” as he likes to be called, has been serving at Chamberlayne since November of 2014, when he joined the staff as a part-time intern to pursue ordination to the gospel ministry. Following ordination in 2015, John was called as Assistant Pastor and is fulfilling a life-long calling to serve God as a pastor in a congregational setting. John began his journey by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at James Madison University and then earning a Masters of Education in Counseling at the University of Virginia. John has been practicing as a professional counselor in the Richmond area since 1986, and he became licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in 1993 and as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in 1997. He left his job in community mental health in 1994 to enter private practice full-time as a Christian counselor.
John entered the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in 1998 while still working and earned his M.Div. in 2005. He joined the First Baptist Church of Richmond in 1999 and served as a lay leader, seminary intern and Adult Ministry Associate for several years working with adults and youth in small groups and ministry teams. He has a passion for discipleship, spiritual formation, worship and healing ministry.
John and his wife, Jeanette, share a love of music and Christian worship and are busy supporting their children through college. John has two children and two step-children. John loves singing in the choir, watching college football and basketball and gardening in his spare time.
Margie has been the organist at Chamberlayne Baptist Church since 2006. She is also a full-time violinist with The Richmond Symphony. At St. Catherine’s School, Margie teaches private violin and piano lessons. Her Violin Duo, Jolie Deux, performs for weddings and social events throughout the year.
I joined the staff of Chamberlayne Baptist Church in April of 2012. My husband, John and I have been married for 42 years. We have a blended family of 4 children, 3 in-law children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. I was born on the air force base in Mount Clements, Michigan. We moved to Richmond when I was a child.
After graduation from high school I enrolled in Cannons Beauty College. I worked as a full-time hairstylist for 28 years before going to night school to learn basic computer knowledge. Over the years I have taken training for Automated Church Systems or ACS. I have worked as a book keeper and I have held many different secretarial jobs in “Church America” during the following years. I still work part time as a hairstylist on the weekends.
I am a member of Richmond’s First Baptist Church, and I enjoy worshiping at Chamberlayne Baptist on special occasions. One of our members has told me that I always have a story to share during our chats together! Stop by the church office to chat and share a story with me.