Elder, Minister Vernon Chappel January 19, 1957 - January 27, 2013 Funeral services for Elder Chappel age 56, will be held on Saturday February 9th at 11:00 a.m. In addition, a Memorial Musical Service is scheduled for Friday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m.; both being held at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church 1401 E. Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307. Elder Chappel grew up in a family of music in Wasco, California. He and his siblings sang while his mother was a choir director in the church. In later years he moved to Bakersfield, California where he ultimately accepted his call to ministry. Elder Chappel was one of the most sought after praise and worship leaders in the field. He devoted 35 plus years to the music ministry. As a respected Praise and Worship leader, Elder Chappel was known throughout the country, and his musical gift received great acclaim from many of gospel music's most well-known artists including Beverly Crawford, Vickie Winans, Clint Brown, Dr. Bobby Jones and Kurt Carr. In 2009 his song "One For All" was selected the theme song for the Obama Presidential Inauguration National Justice Sunday service. Elder Chappel traveled throughout the United States and other countries such as Bermuda, South Africa and Europe, conducting music and leading praise & worship conferences. But the city of Wasco and Bakersfield will forever remember Elder, Chappel as the legendary cheerleader who epitomized the spirit of college life at Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield in the late 1970's. With his precision gymnastics and enthusiastic chants, he inspired hundreds to celebrate life. He is preceded in death by his mother Doris Jean Chappel and is survived by his father, Virgil L. Chappel; siblings; Lafrieda Brown, Troyce Leatherwood, Joyce Leatherwood, Judy Woodrow, Kenneth Chappel, Loretta Chappel, Leticia Carter and Stanley Chappel. Additional information on services please call (661) 631-2825 Beloved Care Funeral Service. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 3, 2013