Jim Chapman grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, but has made his home in Phoenix, Arizona, since 1985.  For most of his professional life he has worked as an accountant and financial analyst.  He has degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.B.A.), and Phoenix Seminary (M.A. in Biblical Leadership).


Jim is a skilled writer.  He likes to say he works with numbers, but he plays with words.  In his mid-40s he discovered that he had a gift of writing, memorizing, and reciting creative poems.  To date, he has written over 50 such poems, mostly on holiday and biblical themes.  All told, he has publicly recited about 25 of these poems in different venues.  His signature work is The Night After Christmas, which he published as an illustrated book in 2009.


Jim loves the Word of God and is eager to share its content and meaning with others.  Accordingly, he has written poems on 30 different books of the Bible.  His most recent work is not poetry at all, but a series of devotional commentaries based on five-word phrases from the Gospel of John.


Over the years, Jim has served as a small group leader, a Bible teacher, a mentor, and a volunteer for such ministries as Operation Christmas Child [Samaritan’s Purse] and the European Leadership Forum [Forum of Christian Leaders].  He and his wife Laurie have been married since 1980 and have two grown children, Sierra and Gabe.




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