History of Little Chapel on the Boardwalk:

A Legacy of Faith and Community

The Early Beginnings: A Vision by the Sea (1905-1930) Nestled in the heart of Wrightsville Beach, NC, the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk stands as a testament to enduring faith and community spirit. Founded in 1905, the chapel emerged from the visionary efforts of the St. James Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington. Originally serving as a spiritual refuge for Wilmington families who owned cottages or vacationed on the beach, the chapel quickly became a cornerstone of the Wrightsville Beach community.

A Gathering Place for All (1931-1960) As the decades rolled on, the Little Chapel evolved beyond its initial purpose. It transformed into a vibrant gathering place, welcoming not only local residents but also visitors and vacationers. The chapel's quaint architecture and serene beachside location made it an ideal spot for worship, reflection, and community events. During this era, the chapel also became a beacon of hope during challenging times, providing comfort and support to those in need.

Expansion and Community Integration (1961-1990) The mid-20th century marked a period of growth and expansion for the Little Chapel. Recognizing the need to accommodate its growing congregation, the chapel underwent several renovations and expansions, each carefully designed to preserve its historical charm while meeting contemporary needs. This period also saw the chapel intensifying its community involvement, launching various outreach programs, and playing an active role in local initiatives.

A Modern Sanctuary with Historical Roots (1991-Present) Entering the 21st century, Little Chapel on the Boardwalk stands as a unique blend of historical richness and modern relevance. While it continues to serve as a place of worship, the chapel has broadened its mission to include a wide range of community services and programs. It has become a hub for cultural events, educational workshops, and social gatherings, enriching the lives of those within and beyond its walls.

A Future Built on a Rich Past Today, the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk is not just a building; it's a living legacy. It represents over a century of faith, resilience, and community bonds. As it looks towards the future, the chapel remains committed to its founding principles while adapting to the ever-changing needs of its diverse and dynamic community. Visitors and congregants alike find in the Little Chapel a place of solace, inspiration, and deep connection, making it a cherished landmark on Wrightsville Beach.

Little Chapel is a Congregation of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Beach Service Info

4@8
8:00 am May-Labor Day
Sundays at Beach Access #4

Join us at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk for our historic beach service at beach access #4 on Wrightsville Beach. Starting in May and continuing until the first weekend in September, we gather every Sunday at 8:00 am for a casual worship experience. Embrace the beauty of the beach as you join our congregation in this unique setting. This service is open and welcoming to all – come just as you are to enjoy a spiritual morning by the sea.

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OUR MISSION

To grow in love and commitment to God, to God's people, and to God's work in the world.

We believe that God is calling Little Chapel on the Boardwalk to be a congregation welcoming all ages. Our Vision seeks to use our God-given resources to offer and build a ministry for all ages.

OUR VISION

Clergy & Staff

A TEAM, THAT BRINGS THE LITTLE CHAPEL TOGETHER

The Rev. Caroline A. Jinkins

Pastor

​​David Heinzman

Director of Music Ministry

Joan Denney

Accountant

Delores Dyer

Office Administrator

We welcomed our new Pastor in 2024. The Rev. Caroline A. Jinkins was raised in Charlotte, NC and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served congregations in Virginia, Georgia, and New Jersey. Caroline enjoys helping people see where God is at work in the world.

At Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, our staff is much more than a team; they are the heartbeat of our community. With a shared passion for service and a deep commitment to bringing people together, each member plays a vital role in creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. From our dynamic pastor who provides spiritual guidance and inspiring sermons, to our dedicated administrative personnel ensuring smooth day-to-day operations, every staff member contributes uniquely to our mission.

With open hearts and open doors, our staff at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk isn't just building a congregation; they're nurturing a family. They invite you to join us, to be a part of this special community where every member, visitor, and friend is welcomed with warmth and love. Here, under the guidance of our devoted staff, we don't just gather; we grow together.our

Dan Holt

Custodian

Session

Little Chapel on the Boardwalk 2023 Session Members

Hank Metzger

Property

Dickson Bridger

Finance

Jeannie Willetts

Congregational Care

Phyllis Warren

Food and Fellowship

At the heart of Little Chapel on the Boardwalk lies our esteemed Session, a dedicated group of leaders who steer our church towards a bright and inclusive future. Comprising 10 Ruling Elders, each thoughtfully elected by our congregation, and our ordained minister, the Session is a testament to our community-led spirit.

Our Pastor/Head of Staff, serving as the moderator, brings insightful leadership and spiritual direction to the Session. She is adeptly supported by a Clerk of Session, who plays a crucial role in maintaining the harmony and efficiency of our discussions and decisions.

Meeting monthly, the Session delves into the heart of church life. They are committed to shaping a ministry that resonates with our values and vision. Their discussions encompass a wide range of topics, from refining church policies and focusing our ministry efforts to addressing the valuable comments, questions, and concerns raised by our congregation members.

The decisions made by our Session are not just administrative; they are imbued with a deep sense of care, understanding, and a commitment to the spiritual and communal wellbeing of our church family. They work tirelessly to ensure that the Little Chapel remains a beacon of faith, hope, and love in our community, always keeping the doors open and the future bright for everyone who steps into our sacred space.

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Chris McKirachin

Stewardship

Lynn McIver

Membership and Growth

Lisa Jordan

Personnel and Planning

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Missions

TBD

Communications and Marketing

Scottie Anderson

Christian Education

Caroline Jinkins

Moderator of Session

Mary Jo Kohunsky

Clerk of Session

Sherry Alexander

Worship

Terry Paterson

Worship

Diaconate

Little Chapel on the Boardwalk 2023 Deaconate

Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Endowment Fund

Supporting Our Community

Purpose and Impact of the Fund

Established with a clear vision, the Endowment Fund at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk is dedicated to financially supporting charities recognized as 501(c)(3) organizations and addressing the capital improvement needs of our church. Since its inception in 2016, the fund has proudly distributed over $166,000 to carefully selected charities, making a significant impact in our community.

How You Can Contribute

Your generosity can make a lasting difference. Contributions to the Endowment Fund can be made in various ways, including through memorials, stock donations, individual IRA contributions, or bequests in your will. Your gifts are not just donations; they are investments in the continued growth and sustainability of the fund. By contributing, you help support Little Chapel on the Boardwalk’s (LCOB) ongoing commitment to assisting the underserved in our community and to funding vital capital improvement projects.

Get Informed and Involved

For more details about the Endowment Fund and how you can participate, please feel free to reach out to the LCOB Administration Office or call us at (910) 256-2819. If you're interested in applying for a grant from the Endowment Fund, you can easily download the LCOB Endowment Grant Application by clicking the download button. Email completed application to info@littlechapel.org

Download the LCOB Endowment Grant Application

Employment

Residency

If you're interested in applying for a residency at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, we invite you to explore this wonderful opportunity to be part of our community. Please fill out our contact form to get started, and we'll be in touch with more information on the application process. We look forward to hearing from you and potentially welcoming you to our vibrant community.