The new sanctuary was dedicated on Easter Sunday, 1975. When Dr. Blackwood read the names of those present at the first service nearly five years before, two-thirds of them rose to be recognized as Charter Members. His sermon text was taken from Paul's letter to the Romans, and his said, "On our first Sunday in a new building we face the unknown future joyfully ... nothing in creation can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Dr. Blackwood remained as pastor until his retirement in 1985. During this time many Southern and Northern presbyteries united, including those which sponsored Siesta Key Chapel, and in 1982, the two main denominations became one. The church's second minister was Dr. H. Ray Woody. During his pastorate, the building was expanded, a school of Christian Living became part of the adult education program, and a church library was established. A memorial garden, designed by a church member, was created on the north side of the church.
The Reverend David Bruce Cozad began his ministry at Siesta Key Chapel on December 1, 1995 and concluded with his departure to accept a new Call in 2002.
Following a brief interim ministry under Rev. Marty Hager, Dr. Kathleen Wiggins accepted the Call in June 2003. Learn more about Siesta Key Chapels' current pastor and staff.
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