The Women of Chapel Hill: A Series of Interviews – Sitting Down with Sandy Clapp
Updated: May 4
"When did you first start attending Chapel Hill?"
SANDY: In 1973!
"What initially drew you to this church?"
SANDY: I had just moved into town and was visiting different churches, hoping to find one I could call home. At the time, Jim Rogers was the pastor – he was very personable, and I enjoyed his sermons. I also liked the people who were a part of the congregation.
"I know you have several committed to memory, but do you have a favorite Bible verse?"
SANDY: I think I'd have to say Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." It's a reminder to me that God is active in my life, and I need to trust that.
"Is there a day that you would consider to be the best day of your life?"
SANDY: June 25th, 1966. It's the day I married Dave. The feeling I had that day was unlike any other – I just had a sense that we were forming a family unit that would last forever.
"What was your wedding like?"
SANDY: Those were the cake and punch days. It took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan. That's where we're both from.
"How did you meet?"
SANDY: Believe it or not, throwing cherries at each other! There was a cherry fight held at a local fruit processing plant in our town. I was only 15 years old.
"What has been your life's work?"
SANDY: Teaching. I taught 5th grade in Kansas City, Kansas. I also volunteered to teach Sunday school at different churches. I taught my first Sunday school class at age 13, to a group of 7-10-year-old girls.
"Do you have any advice for the younger generation?"
SANDY: Learn to love the Lord and allow him to guide you in and through what really matters in life. Surround yourself with like-minded people and learn from them too.
"What do you feel has been your biggest contribution to Chapel Hill?"
SANDY: Teaching Sunday school for many years, as well as other classes for adults.
FUN FACT: Sandy knows the meaning of ALL the stained-glass windows in the sanctuary – impressive!
We thank you, Lord, for creating this incredible woman of faith. We are so grateful to have her among us!