Christopher Chelpka

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This now page was updated on January 18, 2018. I microblog about new updates when I shift my focus, and here’s what I’m doing now:

I’m back into regular pastoral ministry now. It’s been hard slowing down the pace of research I was able to do during my week of study leave, but I’m excited to be leading worship and preaching again. I’m continuing to preach from the Gospel of John and Ephesians. Amazing books.

I’m still researching the Reformed and Presbyterian view of office of deacon and hope to be able to complete my reading on that in the next few weeks. It’s frustrating not to be able to read the foreign language books and articles I find on this topic. But, I’m still slowly working on my languages and hope to get there some day.

I’m also teaching classes on basic Christianity, New Testament introduction, and serving with wisdom. I think a lot about how I can help my students learn the material.



Because of my amazing church, I’m on a one-week study leave listening to some really smart theologians teach on the Trinity.

I’m also researching the office of deacon. I want to understand the theological and historical underpinnings of the Reformed view(s?) and how it compares with other expressions of the diaconate. I’m praying that this work will bless our church, and maybe other churches, as we prepare fo the installation of new deacons later this year.

Also started Module 1 of The Moss Method for Greek.


I’m on vacation practicing cello, taking extra good care of my body, and spending extra time with my family.

I’m creating headspace for the coming months by catching up on family finances, cleaning my study, and getting rid of clutter in my life—time clutter and space clutter.

I’m walking through the Gospel of Mark with my daughter and her friend. We’re using Christianity Explored. So rewarding!