We are an open book. We want to be as transparent of a church as possible. We are very open with our goals and ambitions through Christ. Feel free to ask us anything.

It is our hope that this page answers three basic questions. We want to make sure that you understand the personality of the church. We love God, love people, and would love for you to join us. 

  • Who is involved in working with this church?

  • What does this church affirm?

  • What are people saying about this church?


Our purposes at First Baptist Church of Chappell Hill are first to glorify God, then to disciple the believers, reach out and witness to the community, and support home and foreign missions.


The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We live our lives here at First Baptist Church Chappell Hill with that confession deeply ingrained in our heart, soul, and mind. We desire to make the name of Jesus known to all of the nations, to understand the joy that comes in relationship with God.


The final words Jesus left us with in the Gospel of Matthew tell us to "Go and make disciples of all the nations..." We take that commission personally and collectively here. We want to be a church that continues to expand the Kingdom of God both locally and internationally.


We desire to reach out a minister to the local community around us. Sharing the good news of salvation found in Jesus Christ. We also focus our efforts on supporting missions both domestically and internationally, seeking to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, beginning in our neighborhoods. 


About Our Pastor

Mel McKinney

Dr. Mel McKinney, or Pastor Mel as he's affectionately known, has led our congregation since December of 2017. He is a man of God who cherishes Scripture and seeks to preach it well. He leads with a shepherds heart towards the congregation always putting others above himself. He loves his family and seeks the best for them in all things. We truly are blessed with a wonderful pastor.

Mel previously served about three years as pastor of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring in Granbury, Texas in a bi-vocational capacity, and his wife works for Oracle Corp.  He has pastored several other churches since his ordination, as well as serving as Bible teacher and campus pastor for 7 years at Trinity Christian Academy in Willow Park, TX.  Before and during that time, for 8 years, he was also the pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational congregation in Fort Worth TX.  Before surrendering to the ministry, Mel worked 7 years as a conductor and yard foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Mel has an advanced degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Biblical languages from Southwestern and has received his Doctor of Ministry with a specialization in Church Health from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Mel and his wife Pamela have been married 27 years on March 12, 2021. Their four children are Sean, Julia, Emily, and Matthew.  Sean and Julia are full time college students & Emily and Matthew attend Faith Academy in Bellville.  Mel testifies to his salvation in 1994, the year he was married, and he was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel in the year 2000.