Prior to accepting the call of pastor, Darrell gave his heart to God in his teenage years and was filled with God’s spirit . Darrell Chapman, Sr. has a gift of evangelism and mission. He has worked in area of evangelism and community outreach especially for youth for more than 40 years.
He served in outreach ministry, working in the prison ministry, visiting the sick and shut in, mentoring and volunteering for various youth at risk program.
Pastor Chapman is the founder of The Mind of Christ Church and the CEO of the Motivational Outreach Community Center. He has worked in outreach ministry for many years and is a recipient of the 2017 the Unsung Hero award from the city of East St. Louis, and 100 Black Men honors 2016. He is served as Junior Achievement Administrator, Volunteers of America President, Mount Calvary Outreach Center President and community leader working with the Deaconess Foundation in providing community assistance for youth at risk in the Washington Park, IL area. He has received the following awards in community outreach service: Excellence in Community Service Award, Coro Midwest Center Neighborhood Leaders Program II and Outstanding Leaders Award Faith Based. He is the current president for the Illinois Southeast Jurisdiction C.O.G.I.C. World Missions Department.
Elder Darrell A. Chapman, Sr. is a visionary leader, founder and Pastor of The Mind of Christ Church in East St. Louis, IL since 2007. He believes that the church is to serve our community by changing the image through the teaching the word of God and constructive “generational-based” life skills. Building a lasting and trusted community network to assist families-in-need and wellness “. We as a community can make real change and not just talk about it,” said Pastor Chapman, “We must do more than just provide our youth with charity, we must teach them how to generationally appreciate the skill of being charitable”. With the leadership of Pastor Chapman, various community programs have been implemented sense 2007 at The Mind of Christ Church:
1. The Mind of Christ Church & Partners Community Outreach Program works with community and business volunteers to serve the community with its annual Toy, Food and Clothing Give-away serving thousands of families and youth at risk in the metropolitan community of St. Clair & Madison Counties and the city of Saint Louis with toys, food & clothing.
2. The Mind of Christ Church Back to School Program provides back packs and school supplies to area families and youth at risk.
3. The Mind of Christ Church Summer Enrichment Program is a four- week program that provide area youth ages 7-13 years reading, math, computer skills, science, meals and youth- based field trips .
4. The Mind of Christ Church New Year’s Eve Youth Lock-in (Safe-Haven) which provide safety, youth activity, music and meals. 5. The Mind of Christ Church Food Pantry that provide food to families that are experiencing food insecurity.
Pastor Darrell Chapman is a devoted husband, father and grandfather that loves God and his family.