Chip Appel

I 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

Favorite Quote

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

Friends describe me

as Funny (looking)

My 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

Best advice I ever received

Finish what you start.

My undergrad alma mater

Cal Poly

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

a Honda Civic

If I weren't a professor, I would

a stay-at-home dad and Beth would be bringing home the money.

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.

My latest accomplishment

I recently discovered the joy of brushing and flossing my teeth while showering.

Current Research

Static pile composting