The stats: Eric was born in Chicago, IL but grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. His dad was born in India; his mom was raised in 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.
Susan was born in Taiwan but grew up in a suburb of L.A. Through the church she came to know Christ as her Lord and Savior during her middle school years. After graduating from college and briefly working overseas in Asia, Susan married Sam back in the U.S. and together they now make their home in Southern California, raising four children together.
Throughout her life, God has always used His Church to grow Susan in her faith and minister to her in times of need. Susan is excited to have the opportunity to support the work of Trinity to bring gospel life and joy to people and local communities.
In her free time, Susan enjoys exploring local hiking trails with her family, meeting up with friends over coffee and boba, and playing the cello and piano vicariously through her children.
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.
Ashley grew up in the small city of Covina, CA. She came to know Christ at a very early age, but didn’t begin to take her faith seriously until later in high school. Ashley attended college at Cal Poly Pomona and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. During her time there she discovered a deep love not only for animals, but also for teaching children. She taught 5th/ 6th grade Sunday school for 3 years and was also a leader in Cal Poly’s Cru High School ministry, where she helped local high school students grow their own Christian Club.
Ashley finds great joy in having heartfelt conversations about the Gospel with kids (and adults) and sharing stories of her animal-related adventures. During her free time, Ashley can be found: exploring craft coffee shops, rewatching The Office, reading a good book, horseback riding, playing RPGs with her nerdy friends, or learning more about creation.