Captiva church to debut new pastor at first service
The Captiva Chapel by the Sea will have a new minister when it kicks off its season on Sunday.
Marking 71 years on the island, the church’s first service will take place on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Larry L. Marshall will serve the congregation, replacing the previous Rev. Dr. John N. Cedarleaf.
Marshall arrived on Captiva in late October with his wife, Rosemary.
“My wife and I are very excited,” he said.
Marshall noted that they had the chance to meet some of the chapel’s members last year.
“Their openness, their love for God and for people,” he said. “Hopefully, we can just enhance what is already there.”
Relocating from Brunswick, Ohio, the couple were married in 1977. They have three adult children – two sons and one daughter – still back in Ohio, along with four grandchildren, ages 10, 8, 6 and 2.
Marshall explained that he grew up in northeast Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in health and physical education. He spent six years employed as a school teacher and a coach before deciding to attend seminary school and become a methodist pastor.
“I’ve been serving the United Methodist Church for 42 years,” Marshall said.
His most recent pastorates included serving: in Hudson, Ohio, for three years; as the supervisor over 65 local churches for seven years; in Youngstown for eight years; and in Westfield Center for eight years.
Marshall retired in 2012 after serving in Hudson.
“When I retired, I didn’t retire to go on vacation,” he said.
Marshall explained that for the last several years, he has been working with college students who are trying to figure out their career path. He ran an internship program for them until it ended in December.
“I was looking for the next adventure after that,” Marshall said.
The couple have a friend who is a patron of the Captiva chapel and had attended themselves.
“We’ve spent a few weeks each winter down in Fort Myers,” he said.
Marshall explained that nearly two years ago, their friend reached out and encouraged him to apply for the position of the church’s minister. The chapel’s bylaws call for a new pastor every three years.
So he did apply, later ending up on short list of four finalists. Following a visit and interview last November, Marshall received the news that he had been selected to serve the chapel next.
“We were blessed to be picked,” he said.
Asked about his approach to serving the church, Marshall explained that he wants to work with the people who are already in the ministry. He noted that the chapel has an active mission program and he would like to reach out to other organizations in the area such as Fort Myers to help those with less.
Marshall added that the church has a very active prayer ministry.
“My wife and I are really looking forward to that,” he said.
Marshall explained that he also would like to help each individual on their faith journey.
“I have a lot of passion for helping people,” he said.
Outside of the ministry, Marshall said he is very sports-minded – as a former teacher and coach.
“I want to get involved in what the community has to offer,” he said.
The Captiva Chapel by the Sea holds its weekly service on Sundays through April.
For more information, call 239-472-1646 or visit www.captivachapel.com.
The Captiva Chapel by the Sea is at 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva.