Rev. Chase Peeples passionately believes that the church should be an open-minded and inclusive community that welcomes and serves all people. He was honored to be called as minister at CCCUCC because of the congregation’s commitment to social justice and hospitality for all.
Along with the people of CCCUCC, Chase seeks to demonstrate a type of Christianity that is an alternative to those who use religion to control and abuse others, one based instead on grace, humility and love.
Chase grew up in the Kansas City area but moved to the east coast while in high school. After pursuing his education and serving churches on the east coast, Chase and his family chose to move back to the Midwest to be closer to extended family.
He is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. After seminary, Chase spent three years pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament at Emory University but left his academic dreams behind after realizing that serving in a local church really was the best way for him to make a difference in the world. He has served congregations in Tennessee, Virginia, New York and Missouri. He holds ministerial standing in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ. In addition to his ministry at CCCUCC, he serves as an adjunct instructor of religion at Missouri Western State University.
Chase and his wife Jennifer have two sons, Julian and Jameson.