ALLEGANY – Since November, the Baptist Church of Allegany has a new pastor at the head of its congregation.
Pastor Mark Chapman and his wife, Angie, moved from central Iowa to Allegany to serve the church family at Maple Avenue Baptist Church.
Chapman has served churches in Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota. He was also a chaplain in the United States Army from 2002 to 2011, deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.
“Like schools and small businesses, churches across the country have been hit hard by COVID responses, not to mention the slower slide toward relativism, which has been occurring in our culture for many years now,” Chapman said. , given current events. affected all aspects of American society, including the military.
Chapman was born in the nearby city of Warsaw, but has lived in West Virginia, Northeast Texas, and South Texas. He received training at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, and Central Baptist Theological Seminary near Minneapolis, Minn.
Angie was born and raised in Faribault, Minn. She attended Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, where she obtained a degree in elementary education.
The two met at FBBC in the early 1990s and tied the knot shortly after graduating. They have four grown children, all of whom live in Iowa or Texas. In 2020, their eldest daughter and her husband gave the Chapmans their first grandchild.
Pastor Chapman said it will take time, prayer, and strategy to figure out what a normal routine for the church will look like as it moves forward.
“Allegany Baptist has welcomed us, Angie and I, into the family here,” he said, “and we look forward to pursuing the will of God together, to studying the Bible as a community of faith honoring God. , to align ourselves even more closely with His will be. “
Chapman said he was happy to see that the Allegany Church has maintained a cohesive and good fellowship, especially over the past two years.
“Our efforts have been to please God and to glorify Him even in these times of change,” he added.
Since moving to the area, Chapman said he and Angie have noticed the distinct kindness and cuteness of the Allegany and Olean communities.
“And the natural beauty of this part of the state is exceptional. God has blessed western New York in many ways, ”he said. “We are very happy to have the privilege of serving him, this community and this specific church family here.”
Allegany Baptist Church is located on Maple Avenue. Everyone is welcome to attend Sunday services from 10 a.m. Evening prayer meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Other ministries are available for instruction, encouragement, and fellowship.
Chapman said the Allegany Baptist Church is committed to proclaiming and obeying the Bible (the Word of God), honoring Jesus Christ, helping others become disciples of the Lord Jesus, and caring for members. of our church and our community.