Over half of the organizations sponsored by the Chapel are local. Every year, funds are provided to save vulnerable children, rescue families in crisis, clothe the homeless, feed the hungry, bring hope to those in prison and minister to the addicted.
City Rescue Mission
This long-standing Christian-based mission in Jacksonville provides food, shelter and various structured recovery programs for addicted and vulnerable people. Homeless and needy men, women and children are shown the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. Participants are required to develop a “life plan.”
Faith Christian Academy
Faith Christian Academy (FCA) is an accredited Christ-centered school based in Fernandina Beach since 1996. The school currently has two locations (lower and upper grades), with plans to build a full, unified campus on land already purchased. FCA is truly a community-based school, with most local churches represented in the student body. Guided by caring, Christian teachers, the students at FCA receive a strong academic foundation centered on the word of God.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes – NE Florida Chapter
One of FCA’s unwavering goals is to fulfill Jesus’ calling to make disciples through the avenue of sports and by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches, as well as athletes, to know and grow in Christ while leading others to do the same. The northeast Florida region, based in Jacksonville, is responsible for ten schools in six communities.
Fernandina Beach Christian Academy
FBCA has a steadfast mission to assist families in educating their children to become compassionate Christian leaders who will impact their communities through their faith in Jesus Christ. The Chapel supports a scholarship in the memory of congregation member Dan Doulet.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Jacksonville is one of four locations of this multi-denominational Protestant evangelical graduate school seminary. It is dedicated to serving the Lord and His Church by preparing men and women for work as pastors, teachers, missionaries, evangelists and Christian leaders.
Kairos Christian Prison Ministry
Kairos is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. The vision is a community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment. The programs involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by participants regularly gathering for accountability, support and prayer. Kairos serves 494 prisons and communities in 37 states and nine countries. Twice each year, Chapel members participate in local Kairos Weekends for multiple days of mentoring inmates with the love of Jesus Christ.
As a Certified Domestic Violence Center serving the women of Nassau County, Micah’s Place provides intervention and prevention programs for victims of domestic violence, and educates the community to affect changes in behavior and attitudes.
Nassau Habitat for Humanity
“Homeownership promotes stable families” is the motto of Nassau Habitat for Humanity. Prospective homeowners are carefully screened for income level and work history. Habitat homeowners purchase their homes with a no-interest mortgage from Habitat. Future homeowners are required to help with the building of their home, which builds a sense of pride and ownership equity. Since 1995, Habitat has built 43 homes to date in Nassau County and is growing. Each construction day begins with prayers for the home and future family owner. Upon completion, a Bible is presented to the new owner family.
Parent Help Center/Camp Success
Through structured classes and counseling, this Jacksonville-based program with a national reach teaches parents how to alter destructive juvenile behavior in children by improving parenting techniques. Camp Success also provides weekend and 21-day summer boot camps that place children in supervised “survival” situations which stress the importance of hard work, discipline and accountability. Families are transformed in the process. Founder Glenn Ellison, a Marine and former pro football player, is a long-time friend of the Chapel.
Remedy provides free counseling and support to anyone struggling with substance abuse. Remedy brings hope and healing to addicts and their families through Christian faith-based counseling and education in a safe environment, while working with strategic resources in Coastal Georgia and Northeast Florida to include the court system and area churches.
Safe Harbor Maritime Academy
A unique Christian haven for high school age boys with behavioral issues, students are taught discipline and life issue resolution while developing marine maintenance skills. Community service projects, such as the St. John’s River Litter Sweep, are stressed throughout their training. This is a residential program where students live on and maintain donated boats. They receive not only educational training, but vocational training as well, which can lead to high school equivalency diplomas. Spiritual guidance and Christian lifestyle understanding are critical elements of the program. Chapel members frequently participate in mentoring sessions with the students. Safe Harbor has a 94% success rate and has served over 1,200 boys.
The Salvation Army Hope House in Fernandina Beach is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church with a message based on the Bible and a ministry motivated by the love of God. Hope House in Fernandina Beach serves the needy with food, clothing and housing. Some come just for a cup of coffee, to rest in a safe and loving place or sometimes just to be seen and know there is a caring person nearby. Hope House has a special fund to help with delinquent bills. Their Tuesday worship service is open to all. Hope House also sends children to a Christian summer camp and supplies many “back-to-school” filled backpacks, as well as Christmas gifts for low income seniors.
Samaritans Purse Christmas Child
The “Shoebox Project” provides a shoebox filled with stocking stuffer gifts for needy young boys and girls at Christmas, who normally do not receive any Christmas gifts. Chapel member Claudia Smith organizes this annual event in late fall.
This ranch in Northeast Florida provides a Christ-centered home for children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned or orphaned. Seamark Ranch is committed to sharing the Gospel in an environment filled with grace, love and service in order to foster an emotional healing environment.
The Nest, A Women’s Center
Located in Jacksonville and Yulee, this women’s resource center is committed to the sanctity of human life. Unplanned pregnancy is addressed by providing confidential and compassionate health, pregnancy and option counseling. Its goal is to bring clients to a saving relationship with God, believing that if a woman chooses God, she will also choose life for her unborn child. The Nest does not charge any fees and provides post-birth support, as well as parenting classes. The Chapel also supports its annual “Baby Bottle Boomerang” filling baby bottles with coins, cash, and checks to support the ministry.
The MacArthur YMCA in Fernandina Beach works to motivate our youth to develop strong minds, bodies and community values. After-school programs and summer camps are Christ-centered. The “Y” also serves as an exercise and fitness hub for the adult population with a wide variety of classes, equipment and professional instruction. There is always an open Bible at the front desk and Bible verses adorn many of the walls of the facility.
Young Life Nassau County
Young Life of Nassau County (YL) is a chapter of YL Northeast Florida and is focused on bringing the word of Our Lord Jesus Christ to middle and high school students throughout Nassau County. YL began in 2014 at Fernandina Beach High School and expanded to the Middle School in 2016. The next planned expansion will include Yulee High and Middle Schools. YL programs are centered around in-school lunch time meetings, extra-curricular activities in the community and summer camps at YL National organization camp properties.