Ken Chapman Finds Great Church to Serve in Flag Spring Baptist Church

Ken Chapman, pastor of Flag Spring Baptist Church, located on Flag Spring Road off of Highway 50 across from the Business 50 exit located west of California.

Ken Chapman, pastor of Flag Spring Baptist Church, located on Flag Spring Road off of Highway 50 across from the Business 50 exit located west of California. Photo by John Inman.

Eighteen months ago while serving as the chaplain at Algoa Correctional Facility, Jefferson City, Ken Chapman was approached by Deputy Warden Louisa Bolinger about preaching at a church in California called Flag Spring Baptist Church during Palm Sunday.

"I told her I would love to do it," Chapman said. "I would be glad to preach. It went well and one thing led to another and before you knew it I became the pastor at Flag Spring. It was certainly a God thing."

Chapman said he felt the call to preach as a high school sophomore while on a mission trip with First Baptist Church, Jefferson City. Chapman approached his youth pastor, coincidentally First Baptist Church, California, Pastor Greg Morrow, at 2 a.m. they prayed and talked about his call. He said Morrow was very integral to his development and journey as a minister.

"I started out as a youth minister in college," Chapman said. "When I graduated I continued there part-time while at seminary. Then I got the call to my first full-time church, Bethel Baptist Church, Independence. I then spent some time in California as the youth minister at First Baptist before becoming the senior pastor at South Liberty Baptist Church, Liberty. Then I decided to come home and worked as a chaplain at Tipton Correctional Facility, then Algoa and now I work as a case worker at Algoa while pastoring at Flag Spring."

For more of this story check out the Aug. 10 issue of the California Democrat.

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