As symbolized by the logo, the Boardwalk Chapel preaches the cross of Christ along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In the early 1940’s, Rev. Leslie Dunn stood on the beach of Wildwood, NJ, and envisioned reaching tourists and internationals with the gospel. Originally called the “Gospel Pavilion,” the Boardwalk Chapel conducted its first services in July 1945. The work continues to this day with the efforts of trained staff and volunteers who proclaim the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ all summer long.
The Chapel is a short-term mission and evangelistic outreach under the Presbytery of New Jersey within the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. The primary goal is to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel and the ultimate desire is that men, women, and children would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and demonstrate their commitment to Him by joining a local church within their own community. Specific activities of the Chapel include offering evangelism and apologetics training, distributing tracts and booklets, providing free Bibles and books, presenting the gospel through nightly programs, hosting Christian concerts, and conducting follow-up discipleship and Bible studies when possible.
THE BASIS FOR EVANGELISM
1. We believe that man is spiritually deaf, spiritually blind, and spiritually dead, and therefore God must do something before man can hear, see, or live. God receives all the glory for man’s salvation. (Eph. 2:8 & 9)
2. We believe that God, of His own purpose, has from eternity determined to save a definite number of mankind, from every tribe, tongue, and nation as individuals, not for any merit or work of theirs, or any value to Him of them, but by His own good pleasure. (II Tim. 1:9)
3. We believe that Christ suffered for all the sins of all His sheep in the whole world, and none of them will be lost. (John 10:26-28)
4. We believe that God’s almighty power is such that He can overpower man’s will in such a way as to cause sinners to willingly come to Him. (Ps. 110:3)
5. We believe that God powerfully keeps those whom He saves. (Rom. 8:35-39)
6. We believe in summary, that faith is man’s duty but it is not within his ability (John 6:44); that eternal life is a gift that is in the hands of a sovereign giver (John 17:2); and that man’s decision is a result of what God does by His Word and Spirit, and thus men lay the crown of their salvation at God’s feet and not at their own, so that none should boast. (I John 4:19) (Adapted from “Today’s Evangelism” by Ernest C. Reisinger)