Bishop Richard Allen Chappelle, Sr.
Bishop Richard Allen Chappelle, Sr.

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Bishop Richard Allen Chappelle, Sr.
Bishop Richard
Chappelle, Sr.

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5-7:00 PM
Mount Hermon AME Church
401 NW 7th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
11:00 AM
Mount Hermon AME Church
401 NW 7th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311


Richard Allen Chappelle, Sr. was born February 25, 1934 to the union of Rev. M. Peter Chappelle and Mrs. Mabel Juanita Chappelle. He was the fourth of five children. He attended the schools of Duvall County and graduated from Bethune Cookman University. He was the son of the parsonage whose father was a pastor and Presiding Elder. His mother was also a great missionary leader and president. Richard Allen Chappelle was ordained in the South Florida conference of 11th district of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His appointments were Bethel, Fellsmere, FL where he renovated and painted a little church in the country for its nine members. From there he moved to Bethel, Gifford, FL. Serving a larger congregation, he refurbished the fellowship hall and added to the sanctuary. He also increased the membership. From Bethel he was sent to Hurst Chapel, Rivera Beach, FL. There he acquired property for the church, added on a fellowship hall, and increased the membership in the largely black community. After serving Bethel for several years, he thought it more beneficial to leave the school system and serve as a full time pastor. He was assigned to Greater Allen Chapel, Melbourne, FL. There he initiated a
telephone ministry for the sick and shut in, established a monthly newsletter and grew the congregation. He was then assigned to the Orlando, Florida conference stationed at the Old Historic Mount Olive. From here he was elected the second General Secretary of the AME Church in 1976, in Atlanta, GA. He moved to St. Louis, MO in 1976 where he established the headquarters for the General Secretary. He served for 12 years. He modernized the office using various types of electronic equipment to catalog and establish records of the church for posterity. He also pastored Asbury Chapel, Louisville, KY, and Ward Chapel, Kinloch,
MO, while being the General Secretary.

He was elected and consecrated the 108th Bishop of the AME Church in Dallas/Forth Worth, TX in 1988. He served on the continent of Africa for 8 years in districts 17 and 18, spending almost the entire year on the continent. He dearly loved the people of Africa, so much so that he would go wherever they wanted to hold their conferences including the far east of Zambia (Solwezi), to the bush in Zimbabwe, to the mountains of northeast Lesotho and Swaziland. He bought bicycles for his Presiding Elders who would otherwise walk to their work and furnished them with robes and clergy collars. He brought church literature from the states and had it translated into the language of the people, teaching them accordingly. He established the first Bishop’s Council on the continent of Africa, held in Swaziland. He also established the first Christian Education Congress in the 17th, meeting at Sizani School in Zimbabwe bringing the 3 countries together in one place.

He served the 8th Episcopal district for four years and the 12th for 8 years. In each of the Episcopal districts, his theme was “A More Excellent Way.” His emphasis was on bringing the people together and worshiping God in a more excellent way. His scripture came from 1 Corinthians 13.

He taught school for 14 years and was a member of the Broward County classroom teachers Association serving as the building rep.

He also served as secretary of the district conference and South Florida annual conference.

Richard Allen Chappelle, Sr. married while attending Bethune Cookman University. He became a father to Richard Allen, Jr. and Beverly Joyce. In 1966, Richard Allen was united
in holy matrimony to Barbara Jeanne Wooten. To this union, one daughter was born, Kristen Nicole. She worked beside him in a faithful ministry that spanned over 40 years.

Bishop Chappelle was a life member of the Bethune Cookman University Alumni Association. He received numerous awards for his faithfulness and loyalty to Bethune
Cookman. While at Bethune he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and continued his association with the graduate chapter in the states where he presided as
Bishop. He was a lifelong member of the NAACP and Urban League. He was 33rd Degree
Prince Hall Mason. He received many honors among them, the honorary Doctor of Divinity
degree from B. F. Lee Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, FL; Payne Theological Seminary,
Wilberforce, OH; and Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL. He travelled
extensively. Among his travels are the following countries: Singapore, Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, London, England, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Switzerland, and Rome, Italy.

He leaves to mourn his passing a loving wife of 46 years, three children, Richard, Jr.,
Beverly Joyce Walker (Curtis), Kristen Caldwell (Don), two sisters, Ophelia Hilton
(San Francisco, CA), Mattie Campbell (Jacksonville, FL), and Joseph (Worchester, NY),
two grandsons, Micah Jeremiah and Travis Richard, nieces, nephews, friends and

The family would like to express thanks to SSM Hospice, North Team: Kay Bieser, Mary Zeuner, Stephanie Herbert , Angela Adams, Jane Houston, Becky Clausen, and Elise Humphrey.


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Rev. Latisha Smith
Created On: 04/08/2012 00:09:23

Mrs. Barbara Chappelle and family:
Please receive our deepest sympathy at the passing Bishop Chappelle. We pray for the appointed time when the sorrow of his passing will convert into the joy of remembering his life
with each of you. We pray for your strength.

In Jesus name,
Mr. Jose' and Rev. Latisha Smith
and the congregation of Castaic Community AME Church of the 5the Episcopal District.
28918 Lincoln Avenue
Castaic, CA 91384

Barbara Dalu
Created On: 04/03/2012 16:35:21

My prayers are with you Mrs Chappelle and family. May God bless you.