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Our History

A Church of Committees is Born

White Bluff Chapel’s building campaign quickly took on the form of a “committee” organization, a characteristic that has identified how we have operated throughout our young existence. The 30-40 people who were in regular attendance when the building campaign became a reality identified the chapel’s long-term needs (and pipe dream) of what they envisioned, and they set about assigning committees.

A building committee consisting of Larry Groppel, Chair, Pastor Maurice Martin, Jim Duncan, Bill Eaves, John McAlpin and Don Fritz was established. Fritz had come up with the original rough ideas, working with resident builder Tommy Carr and an architect from Stephenville. The acquisition of the land came next, and an agreement was negotiated with Mike Ward of Double Diamond, who donated the property with a set of stipulations that the chapel not compete with resort operations. Pastor Maurice Martin led the groundbreaking ceremony with Ward participating.

A sub-committee of George Collins, Ron Keehbauch and Bob Jackson served as liaison between the building committee and builder Tommy Carr and acted as the committee’s eyes and ears, providing construction oversight. The Interior Design committee was made up of Maura Collins, Nancy McGinnis, Jane Osborn and Cynthia Redden.

George Collins came up the concept of building in phases so that our pipe dream could be accomplished in affordable increments. Phase I consisted of the structure, including the sanctuary, office, fellowship hall and kitchen. However, it did not include any parking lights and very little parking; nor did it include any musical instruments, fellowship hall wall partitions, sound system equipment or landscaping. But in under a year, the financial picture was secure enough for Phase II to kick in, taking care of those items and more.

Ray and Guin McGinnis, John McAlpin and George Collins worked full time every day, whether it was digging the trenches for pipe drains or pulling wires for the parking lot lights, the sound and phone systems, or laying out the flower beds. Virtually everyone who was currently a member was involved in at least one committee, from trash pick-up to landscaping, to errand-running and delivery to acquisition of pledges or materials. And the joining up of volunteers took off and became infectious.