Brethren Tradition Chaplain

About the Brethren Tradition

The Brethren tradition grew out of Anglicanism in the 1830’s in England. It’s emphasis was that every Christian is equally called to live the Christian life and serve Jesus Christ in all they do. It was a timely corrective to the idea that “ministry” was only done by ordained ministers, and that everyone else was just a spectator. This idea of “the priesthood of all who believe” in Jesus has now become part of mainstream thinking in many denominations where lay people actively serve and minister in their areas of gifting.

The Anglican church is rooted in the traditions that go all the way back to the early church and which grew over the centuries as the church spread and expanded. In its evangelical form it is a synthesis of the authority of the Scriptures and the reverence for a holy God found in liturgical worship and the celebration of the Sacraments.

Beliefs in more detail

As Evangelical Christians we believe in the reliability and authority of the Bible as the Word of God.

Our core beliefs are outlined in a number of “creeds” (statements of belief) developed by the early church. These are: The Nicene Creed, The Apostles’ Creed and the Athanasian Creed.

Some of the most important of our beliefs are:
  • We believe that our understanding of reality must begin with a knowledge of the one, true God who is creator and sustainer of all.
  • We believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose again for our justification.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit lives in all who follow Jesus as Lord.

Chaplain profile

Geoff Chapman

I came from a 16-year career in business South Africa, to study at Regent College. My journey of faith began as a 13-year old boy who had an encounter with Jesus while on a church retreat (in 1977!). Through many years of highs and lows in my walk with God, I have learned to rely on the power and love of the Holy Spirit and to trust that God’s way is always best, no matter how rocky the road.

I have learned to appreciate the wisdom and grace of God as revealed in His holy Word, and He can be trusted in all things. It is my privilege to share my faith and knowledge of God (incomplete as it is) with all who are interested. I am an ever-growing disciple of Jesus with much to learn – but with a gracious teacher who is my Lord and Saviour.

Geoff's background

In South Africa I did two degrees in psychology before beginning a career in human resources management. Eventually I was the founder and CEO of a remuneration consultancy and outsourced payroll administration company. At age 38, I left this career to do an M.Div degree at Regent College in Vancouver. I have been the pastor of University Chapel since 2003 and church-planting minister for Sojourn since 2013.

Through many years of highs and lows in my walk with God, I have learned to rely on the power and love of the Holy Spirit and to trust that God’s way is always best, no matter how rocky the road.

PASTOR GEOFF CHAPMAN, BRETHREN TRADITION CHAPLAIN

Scheduled services and events

Mondays Time Location More information
Morning Prayer Service 7:00 to 7:45 am Sojourn Church, 5375 University Boulevard www.sojournchurch.ca
Wednesdays Time Location More information
Morning Prayer Service 7:00 to 7:45 am Sojourn Church, 5375 University Boulevard www.sojournchurch.ca
Fridays Time Location More information
Morning Prayer Service 7:00 to 7:45 am Sojourn Church, 5375 University Boulevard www.sojournchurch.ca
Sundays Time Location More information
Worship Service - University Chapel 10:00 to 11:30 am 5375 University Boulevard www.sojournchurch.ca
Worship Service - Sojourn Church 7:00 to 8:30 pm 5375 University Boulevard www.sojournchurch.ca