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The Rev. Patrick T. Rabun is a native of Oklahoma City, growing up in numerous Air Force bases with his military family. He has an undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida and a Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Thoelogical Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

Pat spent twenty-four years in ministry prior to his ordination, as Director of Programs and Youth Ministry, Director of Youth Ministries and Associate Minister. From 1993 until 1999, he was Director of Youth Ministries, and later Associate Minister, at the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky. From 1999 until 2003, he was Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Pastoral Care at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. From 2003 until 2011, Pat served as Minister at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Pat is married to Marcia and they have two children, Kevin and Jennifer. Kevin and his wife Beth live in Raleigh, North Carolina and Jennifer and her husband Danny live in Seattle, Washington. Pat and Marcia have five grandchildren.

David Heinzman

Director of Music Ministry

Organist, harpsichordist, composer and author David Lee Heinzman has been a church musician since the age of 14. An active recitalist, David has given solo organ concerts and performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the country. During his student days, David was a finalist in the Arthur Poister Organ Playing Competition (Syracuse, N.Y.) and First Place Winner in the Long Beach (California) AGO Competition. In addition, David has made recordings for various organ companies and conducted workshops on various topics relating to the organ and church music. David earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with honors and distinction in organ performance from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Robert Glasgow. Post-graduate work was done at the University of Southern California where he studied organ with Cherry Rhodes and composition with James F. Hopkins. Laurendale and Associates, Canticle Music Distributors publish his organ compositions as well as his book "MIDI Goes to Church". A career church musician, David has served a number of churches in Michigan and California and most recently in Wilmington, N.C. where he relocated three years ago to be closer to his family. David's mother is a native of Erwin, NC. For two years, David was accompanist for The Carolina Vocal Ensemble and is an active member of the Wilmington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Emily Donovan

Director of Youth

Emily Donovan is a native of Florence, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Political Science and did absolutely nothing with her field of study. Instead, she moved to Charlotte, NC and enjoyed a nine year career in Marketing Communications working for a Japanese printing and coating technologies company. In 2009, she and her husband, David, moved to Leland, NC where they currently live.

Emily was born and raised a United Methodist and very active growing up in her youth group and the Wesley campus ministry program in college. Since 2010, Emily has devoted the majority of her time to Children & Youth ministry work at Grace UMC and Pine Valley UMC in Wilmington, until God called her heart to lead the youth program here at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk in 2014. She also volunteered as Co-Coordinator for the Methodist’s Harbor District Youth Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wesley of Wilmington campus ministry program.

Emily enjoys spending time with her boy/girl twins, being silly, laughing a lot, trying new things and going on adventures. She believes we all belong to each other and are called by God to share our love, compassion and kindness with everyone—just how Jesus taught us!

Joan Denney


Joan graduated from James Madison University in 1984 with a major in finance and accounting. She moved to Wilmington in the summer of 2000 and began employment with the Little Chapel in the fall of 2002. Joan also works with other churches in the Wilmington area, specializing in non-profit accounting.

Dan Holt


Dan has been with the Little Chapel for eleven years. His work includes maintenance of all aspects of the buildings and grounds of Little Chapel. He attends Grace 210 Presbyterian Church. He has a daughter Emily, who is in college. In his spare time, Dan likes to travel, work in his workshop, swim, hike, or read.

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