Chapin Garner

Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics and Pastoral Ministry
B.A., Gettysburg College (1992)
M.Div., Boston University School of Theology (1997)
D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2006)

Rev. Dr. Garner has been Senior Pastor of United Church of Christ in Norwell, Massachusetts since 2000. He is a 1997 graduate of Boston University School of Theology where he majored in theology and drama. Chapin graduated with his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006.  From 1997 to 2000 he served as Associate Pastor of the Wellesley Congregational Church, where he worked primarily in youth ministry.

Chapin founded and leads the Christ Clarion Fellowship, a national gathering of young clergy that has been supported by the Louisville Institute. Chapin is a Director of, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alban Institute in Washington D.C.  Chapin serves as a resident preacher at the Church at Point O’Woods on Fire Island in New York during the summer.

Chapin is also a religious playwright, having had plays produced regionally, in New York, and in Boston.  His plays include Confessions, Taking Root, and An Opportune Time (Baker’s Plays, 1998/2000/2001).  His books include Getting into Character: The Art of First-Person Narrative Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008), as well as, Lost in the Middle? Claiming an Inclusive Faith for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical and Found in the Middle! Theology and Ethics for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical, co-authored with Dr. Wesley Wildman of Boston University, (The Alban Institute, 2009).