PIPES International Board
From left: Connie, Samuel, Esther, Ben, Cathy, Jean & Gurry
PIPES INTERNATIONAL BOARD CHAIR
Jean Chappel is very passionate about children. At the age of 14, Jean worked with children in Vacation Bible School to help children understand the Bible. Throughout her life she has worked with children in different states. Today she teaches Sunday school at First Christian Church in Florissant.
Jean went to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she graduated with a degree in Biology with a minor in math and education. She first worked as a researcher in the University of North Dakota and later had different jobs until she moved to St. Louis where she worked in the old Jewish Hospital and later joined the Washington University lab where she retired from in December 2014 after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
In Jean’s own words
“My passion it to teach little ones about Jesus. The thought of a child starving makes me very upset. After reading Samuel’s book about the plight of the Bambuti Pygmy peoples, I just had to get involved. My bible study group took up the project of raising money to help with this cause. The first thing, of course, that we did was to pray. I believe God has blessed this effort beyond our wildest dreams. All I can do is to praise God”
Jean died in 2017 and Gurry Chappel took over as Chair of the board.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Samuel Mwangi is the Founder and Executive Director of PIPES International. He holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from African International University in Kenya as well as Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Computer Science) from Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya).
Samuel is a passionate leader who brings an extensive background in international development, monitoring and evaluation, strategic leadership, and project management to PIPES International. His goal is to empower leaders in east and central Africa with skills and knowledge necessary to bring the change in their communities. Esther and Samuel travel extensively to train, minister the Good News and promote economic development in Africa and United States.
Samuel has published a book based on a factual research on the Bambuti community in D.R. Congo. The book is entitled “The Pygmy World: The Endangered Bambuti of Congo”.