f The Wittenberg Door: This Week in Church History: Boardwalk Chapel (Wildwood, NJ)

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Friday, June 27, 2008

This Week in Church History: Boardwalk Chapel (Wildwood, NJ)


On June 29, 1945, the Gospel Pavilion, the building housing the Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey, was dedicated.

Likening the Wildwood sea-side resort to a modern version of Bunyan's Vanity Fair, Rev. Leslie Dunn, pastor of Calvary OPC in Wildwood, had posed this challenge to his congregation: ‘Where, in such a modern Vanity Fair as Wildwood, can Faithful buy the Truth?’ Under his initiative the Wildwood congregation purchased a vacant lot in 1944 at a public auction for $2950. After the War Production Board granted a building permit, a pavilion was quickly erected through the sponsorship and contributions from the Presbytery of New Jersey. For over fifty years since then the Boardwalk Chapel has diligently presented a gospel witness to thousands of boardwalk strollers, through personal evangelism by volunteer staff and nightly services conducted throughout the summer months.

- John Muether

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