Chapel Baptist Church is an outgrowth of the ministries of Open Door Chapel and Open Door Baptist Church of Clermont. Pastor Bruce Stewart started Open Door Baptist in 1984. A year later he was asked to hold services at All Seasons RV Resort, which is located in the Four Corners area.
The Open Door Chapel ministry began the following Sunday with a service at 8 a.m. The first service was attended by 74 adults that met in a double-wide trailer. No one anticipated the growth in the Chapel ministry nor the Four Corners area.
Over the next several years Pastor Stewart continued to hold services at All Seasons on a weekly basis. Space quickly became a problem. Services were held in any and every available facility. Often there would be standing room only.
Pastor Stewart, Associate Pastor Harry Camp, and the people who attended the Chapel services began to trust God to supply a building for the chapel services. The people gave generously by faith and Pastor Stewart began to look for land on which to build a building. Little did anyone know how strategic a step of faith this would be.
In October of 1987, Pastor Stewart signed an agreement of sale for 2.5 acres on Highway 474 just west of Highway 27. Groundbreaking was held in December of 1987. Construction began shortly thereafter. The Chapel construction was completed in 3 1/2 years. Eighty percent of the work was done by those who attended the Chapel services. Hundreds of hours of labor were donated during construction. As a result of the hard work and generosity of many people, the building was built debt free.
Pastor Stewart and Brother Harry Camp shared the ministry responsibilities at the Chapel over the next several years. Services were held at 8 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays and a Bible study was conducted on Tuesday evenings.
During the fifteen years the Chapel has been ministering in the Four Corners area, another phenomena has taken place. The area around the chapel, which had primarily been citrus groves, turned into a burgeoning residential area. In addition to the many winter folks and vacationers in the area, there are also several thousand year-round residents. The population continues to grow with new construction taking place throughout Four Corners.
A few years ago Pastor Stewart and the folks of Open Door Baptist Church began to see the wisdom of leading the Chapel ministry into becoming a full- fledged church. Several years of planning and prayer resulted in the call of Christopher W. Luppino to lead the church planting effort.
The name Chapel Baptist Church was chosen for the new ministry. The word “Chapel” is a reminder of the history and past blessings of God upon the Ministry. The word “Baptist” describes the Biblical distinctives of Chapel Baptist.
The first services of Chapel Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Luppino, were held on Sunday, May 21, 2000. The church was formally incorporated on February 23, 2003. We look forward with great anticipation to God’s continued blessings in the future.