Chip Appel

chip_appel 232x276I moved to France to live for a year with a French family of 6 kids when I was 15. I thought it would be great, which it was. I also thought it would be easy, which it definitely was not. At the beginning I felt very alone and isolated. After a few weeks of this, I decided to pray and ask God to help me get through this time. He did and I can’t really explain how he did it, but over time things started to get better and I felt at peace in my inability to communicate with people that were around me. In short, God answered my prayers. Since that time, I have struggled with various issues – anxiety about school, anxiety about relationships, loneliness, etc. But, God has always helped me through these situations. The most important thing to me and my family today is our relationship with God, enabled by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

My Life

  • Friends describe me
    as Funny (looking)
  • Hobbies
    Being with my family, surfing, biking, hiking, outside stuff.
  • Fantasy dinner guests
    Jesus, Beth (my wife), Maggie and Beatrice (my daughters), my brothers, Jimmy Carter, C.J. Hobgood, Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson
  • In college I drove
    a Honda Civic
  • Worst school subject
    Physics
  • College for undergrad degree
    Cal Poly
  • Best advice I ever got
    Finish what you start.
  • Favorite books
    Pillars of the Earth, Fall of Giants, Lonesome Dove
  • Favorite movies
    Bunyip Dreaming, Lincoln
  • Favorite city
    Morro Bay
  • Favorite coffee
    Akha Ama
  • Nobody knows I
    I get all my clothes from garage sales.
  • If I were not a professor, I would
    a stay-at-home dad and Beth would be bringing home the money.
  • Latest accomplishment
    I recently discovered the joy of brushing and flossing my teeth while showering.
  • Current research
    Static pile composting
  • Quote

    Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.

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