Join our pastors, Ministry Model Committee, and Board of Trustees as we embrace renewal within The Chapel! We envision a future of multiplying fruitful churches in pursuit of seeing the Great Commission fulfilled - a future that is deeply rooted in our rich history as an evangelical non-denominational church. For 88 years, our steadfast commitment to take hold of the gospel of Jesus Christ and share Him with the world has both bolstered us in seasons of trial and emboldened us in new endeavors with self-sacrifice and generosity. We are now making great progress as we seek to renew our model of multiplication, having come a long way over the last two years toward preparing to launch our seven Chapel campuses as independent local churches.


Our Vision

After many months of prayer, searching the Scriptures, considering The Chapel's rich history, and listening to many voices across our congregations, the Ministry Model Committee issued a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, as articulated in five formal affirmations., the implications of which would result in the re-launching of all seven campuses of The Chapel as seven independent local churches, led independently by seven oversight elder boards. All of our Chapel pastors, all of our Trustees, and all of our Ministry Model Committee members have spent much time in prayer and open discussion together, and they unanimously agreed that this decision seemed right and good for the seven churches that now comprise The Chapel.

In April 2022, The Chapel's Board of Trustees voted to affirm these statements. By affirming this, they formally recommended this direction to the membership of the church for a member vote, according to language outlined in our church constitution. Upon an affirmative membership vote, the Board of Trustees would commence a transition plan to implement these principles. To that end, The Chapel invited all members at all locations to participate in a formal member vote in September 2022, so that this recommendation, and the future implications by design, could be likewise affirmed by the membership of The Chapel. 


Vote Results | Member Vote #1

On Sunday, September 25, the membership of The Chapel voted to adopt the five formal affirmations recommended by the Board of Trustees and the Ministry Model Committee and to authorize the Board of Trustees to take the necessary action to establish all Chapel campuses as independent churches. It is with great joy and celebration that we announced the results of this vote. In what we received as overwhelming affirmation, 97.5% of members and 97.3% of non-members formally said “Yes, I affirm this action.” These totals reflect the cumulative percentage of members and non-members at all seven Chapel Campuses collectively.


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Vote Results | Member Vote #2

A Camp Carl Evaluation Committee was assembled in 2022 for the purpose of reviewing the existing structure of oversight at Camp Carl and proposing recommendations for the future. Our collective desire has been to position Camp Carl with optimal leadership and oversight for long-term wellbeing, so that Camp may continue its great work of reaching children and youth for Christ.

The Evaluation Committee made their recommendations to the Board of Trustees, who in turn brought a recommendation to Chapel members for a vote. Members voted on the proposed changes to Camp Carl's governance structure on Sunday, January 29, 2023 as part of our annual members' meeting. In another display of the spirit of agreement that the Lord has continued to work among us, 100% of members and 96.3% of non-members formally said “Yes, I affirm this action” in response to the Camp Carl proposal. 


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Significant changes to The Chapel's ministry model have been thoroughly considered in recent months. We desire to continue navigating the many layers of complexity with much prayer, discernment, and grace. We have been moving through a timeline that looks something like this, but we hold our future with open hands.

(Updated 2/14/23)




See our answers to the FAQs we've been asked throughout this process, from financial matters to our anticipated timeline to the expected impact on our ministries.

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Church Constitution

Read through The Chapel's current church constitution and familiarize yourself with the voting process and other important information for members.

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Got Questions?

We may not have all the answers yet, but we’re compiling a master list of questions and would gratefully add yours! Add your voice - we’re listening.

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Sunday services: 9am & 10:40am
Building hours: 9am - 5pm Tue.-Fri.
Address: 135 Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio 44304
Phone: 330.376.6400

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