They have 6 children, Emily Elizabeth, Will Franklin, Caleb Stevenson, Shaohannah Hope Yan, Stevey Joy Ru and Maria Sue (16).
(13 October 1984 - present) 6 children
Has 6 children, daughter Emily, sons Will Franklin and Caleb, and three adopted daughters from China, Shaohannah, Stevey Joy, and Maria
As of 2007, Chapman has been married to Mary Beth Chapman (they shared the same last name prior to their marriage) for 23 years. The couple met in the early 80s at Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana and married in the fall of 1984. They currently live in Franklin, Tennessee, and have three biological children (Emily Elizabeth, Caleb Stevenson, Will Franklin) and three adopted daughters from China (Shaohannah Hope Yan, Stevey Joy Ru, Maria Sue Chapman).
When Steven and Mary were first married, they struggled with finances and turned to God in prayer. A few days before their anniversary they found out that Mary was pregnant. When arriving home one night they noticed fire engines outside their apartment, and realized their apartment had burnt down, and they had no insurance. They moved in with friends. Then Sparrow Records noticed Steven`s vocal abilities and signed him.
Together, Chapman and his wife have written three children`s books with adoption themes, Shaoey And Dot (2004), Shaoey and Dot: The Christmas Miracle (2005), and Shaoey and Dot: A Thunder and Lightning Bug Story (2006). Together with minister Scotty Smith, Chapman authored two books for the adult inspirational market, Speechless (1999) and Restoring Broken Things (2005). Chapman`s song "All About Love" has been featured in commercials for the Fox television show, Celebrity Duets.
Chapman and his sons recorded under the name of "Stevenson" for the 2003 Veggie Rocks CD. (Song: "I Love My Lips", VeggieTales). Chapman also starred in the 2003 film Christmas Child.
Death of youngest daughter:
Chapman`s five-year-old adopted daughter, Maria Sue Chapman, was killed in a tragic accident on May 21, 2008. She was struck by an SUV driven by one of the Chapman's teenaged sons as he backed down the driveway of the family`s Franklin home. The entire family was home at the time and several members witnessed the tragedy. Maria Sue later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. A spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol termed it "a terrible accident" and said no charges are expected to be filed. Maria was the youngest in the family and one of three daughters adopted from China by Steven and his wife, Mary Beth.