The stats: Eric was born in Chicago, IL but grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. His dad was born in India; his mom was raised the midwest. After moving to Southern California right out of college to pursue his (now) wife Amelia, he went to seminary in Orlando, FL (Reformed Theological Seminary). The Kapurs have 4 boys (13, 11, 9 and 6) and Eric has spent the previous 10 years serving as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Diego.
The results: Eric loves the Chicago Cubs (and can now die a happy man) and college football is in his blood (go gators!). He believes sweet tea is a culinary necessity and southern rock is a valid musical genre. He loves making Indian food and hanging out with people of all backgrounds. He has too much gray hair (he blames his 4 boys). He is convinced that the gospel brings wholeness and life to people. He is convinced that pursuing Jesus in a grace-filled community brings renewal to our broken places and, through broken people, Jesus redeems the world.
As the new pastor of Trinity, Eric is excited to see Trinity continue to be a church deeply rooted in the gospel and wholeheartedly committed to seeing the spiritual, social and cultural renewal of Orange County.
Life: Eric (not to be confused with the other Eric) grew up in San Diego. After childhood in paradise, he decided to broaden his view of the world through college and braved the icy cold of Chicago and the foreignness of deep dish pizza. That's where he met Katie, a native Chicagoan. After college, Eric returned to sunny Southern California to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Westminster Seminary California. The Chappells have two kids, Enoch and Eunice, and a black labrador named Buckley. Eric spent the last 5 years as an assistant pastor at New Life Presbyterian church in Escondido serving in the areas of children's ministry, young families, small groups, and leadership development.
Eric had the sweet opportunity of knowing Jesus from a young age, growing up in the church, and being shaped by ancient and rooted liturgy. While the gospel is something he has known and believed for years, Eric continues to be amazed by its relevance in renewing our lives, our friendships, our families, and our communities.
Likes: In no particular order, Eric likes his wife, board games, black labs, California burritos, friendship, fatherhood, goldfish crackers, Netflix, backpacking, Disneyland, Flannery O'Connor, going to the movies alone, other introverts, children's books, hip hop, Crossfit, Eugene Peterson, podcasts, rucking, pastors named Eric, coffee bean blast ice cream from Trader Joe's and Amazon Prime.
Sarah was born and raised in Orange County but spent most of her adult life on the East Coast where she met her husband David. Recently, she became an Orange County resident again and is rediscovering all the treasures Southern California has to offer. She is very thankful to be a part of Trinity and excited to serve in her new role. A graduate of UC Berkeley and New York University, Sarah brings varied experience from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In her spare time, she enjoys meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones over coffee and good food. When she’s not nagging her children about academics, she loves spending quality time with her family: exploring and traveling to new cities, cheering on her son’s basketball team or relaxing and cooking with the kids at home.
Although born and raised in Los Angeles County, Christie considers Orange County her home. She joined Trinity a year and a half ago, serving as a Sunday school teacher. She discovered her love for teaching early in her career when she began substitute teaching after finishing college. She realized that the most important and lasting lessons of all is that of the gospel. Eager to share and teach the gospel, she found herself at Trinity, where she finds great purpose in serving the church through Trinity's children's ministry.
Scott was born in South Korea but grew up in Texas and Arizona. He attended Biola University and Talbot Seminary! He has a desire to see young people grow and develop their faith. Youth group was one of the most impactful times for him and he is excited for the opportunity to serve at Trinity! Scott was previously a children’s ministry intern at Trinity and spent a couple summers working at Mount Hermon Camp in Santa Cruz. Scott enjoys playing soccer, watching college football, or eating food he does not have to cook…