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 writing, 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. After three years at Baptist Seminary at Richmond, Chris has transferred to John Leland Center for Theological Studies to complete his Master of Divinity. 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 (2) and dog, Iris. During the day, Chris works for Colonial Scientific, a laboratory supply company. Chris also sings tenor with 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.
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. 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.