Back to the Present

Great things have come from small beginnings. Without so much as a physical structure, from outdoor worship services held in the early 1970s, Big Canoe Chapel has grown into a vibrant, caring, giving congregation. And, still, time marches on toward greater days ahead.”

Historical Timeline

  • 1974

    A small group of homeowners and employees meet in the Canoe Lodge for Sunday worship.

  • 1977

    Dr. Vernon Broyles becomes the Chapel’s Founding Chaplain. The Chapel construction begins and the first service is held on Christmas Eve.

  • 1984

    The Chapel Cemetery is dedicated.

  • 1988

    The Chapel’s expansion begins.

  • 1989

    The Broyles Community Center is completed. A Time capsule is buried - to be opened in 2015.

  • 1990

    The first Broyles Mission Conference is held.

  • 1992

    Dr. Jimmy Allen becomes the Chapel’s Chaplain.

  • 1994

    The Chapel Bell Tower is completed.

  • 1995

    Lamar Helms becomes Director of the Men’s Chorus.

  • 1997

    The Broyles Community Center is expanded and the Chapel Community Library is opened.

  • 1999

    The Chapel Handbell Choir is formed.

  • 2000

    The Terraces and Scout Hut is opened.

  • 2003

    Dr. Jim McCormick becomes the Chapel’s Senior Chaplain.

  • 2004

    Rev. Lamar Helms becomes the Chapel’s Associate Pastor.

  • 2006

    The Chapel’s pipe organ is installed.

  • 2008

    Dr. Grey Norsworthy is named the Chapel’s Senior Chaplain.

  • 2012

    Rev. Len Walker is named the Chapel’s Senior Pastor.

  • 2015

    The Chapel’s Time Capsule is opened.

  • 2020

    Rev. Lamar Helms retired, Rev. David Apple is named Associate Pastor and Bruce Graham is named Director of Music Ministries.