- Born in Covington, Tennessee
- Wife: Barbara Chapman
- Son: Geoffrey Chapman
- (5) Grandchildren and (3) Great Grandchildren
- After graduation, Jim served in the United State’s Air Force.
- Jim and Barbara Chapman both worked as teachers for many years.
- Jim coached football and track in Vineland, New Jersey.
- While in New Jersey, the Chapman’s helped start two congregations where Jim served as an elder in one of the startups.
- The Chapman’s moved to the Spartanburg area in 1994, and Jim became an elder at Boiling Springs Church of Christ in 1996.
- Graduated from Murray State University