History of the Chapel
How it all began ...
Siesta Key Chapel began with a recognition by church officials, and realization by residents, that a new church was needed as Siesta Key's population grew. In 1970, Dr. James R. Blackwood accepted a call to be the organizing pastor. Without a church building, or property to build on, worship services were held in the auditorium of the Out-of-Door school (now Out-of-Door Academy), where Louise Blackwood played a piano braced to prevent its sliding across the uneven floor.
The sanctuary that was eventually built is often spoken of as "God's Tree House", but the path leading to it was neither smooth nor swiftly travelled.For the first five years, the small group of worshippers had no place of its own.That nearly all of those who set out with the chapel stayed with it, even in the face of great discouragement, speaks for their devotion to Christ and loyalty to his church.