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Marshall to continue to serve Captiva chapel, community

By CHAPEL BY THE SEA - | Feb 16, 2021

(if this doesn't fit, feel free to use his FACES ON FAITH headshot) PHOTO PROVIDED The Rev. Larry L. Marshall and his wife, Rosemary.

The Captiva Chapel by the Sea recently extended its pastor’s stay as leader of the congregation.

Officials reported that the chapel’s operation includes the search and hiring of pastors — from a variety of Christian denominations — for three-year contracts to lead the Sunday worship and become involved in the community. The methodology has been fortuitous for the congregation and the series of recently-retired ministers who have performed the role for over 70 years.

The chapel’s process involves multi-day visits to the islands and an audition for three to four candidates, which takes about a year to accomplish. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted many pursuits. This year’s search committee recommended to the chapel’s board that the national search and selection be postponed until it can meet candidates in-person again.

Officials reported that the board asked the Rev. Larry Marshall and his wife, Rosemary, to extend their stay until April 2023. They would normally have left a year earlier. The couple graciously announced their willingness to continue to serve. When Board President Mike Bennett made the announcement on Feb. 7 at the chapel’s outdoor service, the news was met with a rousing round of applause.

The chapel is housed in a small schoolhouse dating from 1904. Its first use for worship goes back to 1921, and it has been in continual use since 1948 as an interdenominational place of worship.

For more information, call 239-472-1646 or visit online at www.captivachapel.com. People can also follow the chapel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Captiva-Chapel-By-The-Sea.

The Captiva Chapel by the Sea is at 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva.