Richard ‘Chalky’ Chalklen is one of those Bible teachers who has his students’ undivided attention from his opening sentence. A lover of puns and plays on words, his messages are inevitably punctuated with alliterations and clever one-liners. Chalky’s unmistakable passion for God coupled with his enthusiasm to communicate is made evident by the speed of his delivery which has been known to leave translators exhausted by the end of a message.
With his wife, Denise, Chalky began ministry at OM’s LUKE in Halesowen where they spent a couple of years training OM trainees for outreach and involving them in church partnership. When they began to realize how great the needs were in their own nation, they transferred to Boschkop in South Africa where they were involved in OM’s missions training for the next eight years. Chalky’s specialty was coaching trainees in techniques for effective preaching.
Denise has always played a key role as a mother-figure, counseling and showing hospitality to over 100 students each year. She also teaches methods for ministering to kids. This year the Chalklens have transferred to the Church Partnership Department, relocating from OM’s training base to Johannesburg. Chalky is now working more directly with churches teaching books of the Bible, running seminars on Bible study methods and challenging young people for world missions.
Denise has teamed up with her two daughters to teach local ladies and their girls how to enjoy and make the most of their mother-daughter relationship. They have at times had up to a hundred women participating in their seminars.
After fifteen years in missions training, Chalky and Denise are still in full swing and are seeing more recruits than ever sign up for missions as a result of the challenge they present to churches and individuals.
(The Bible, Mark 10:13-16, GNT)
"Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them."
(THE BIBLE, JOHN 3:16.)
“GOD LOVED THE WORLD SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON SO THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM MAY NOT BE LOST, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE."
(The Bible, 1 John 3:16, NIV)
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. "
(The Bible, Mark 14:22, NIV)
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body."
(The Bible, 1 John 3:16, NLT)
"We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters."
(The Bible, Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV)
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."