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Chapel by the Sea
Baptist Church
811 Butler Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328
912.786.4647


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Honor Roll of Pastor's
David C. Laughner
1992 - Present
Norman R. Ferrell
1984-1992
Byron Twigg
1980-1983
Luther E. Burton, Jr.
1975-1979
Robert E. Connely
1972-1974
James R. Rogers
1970-1971
James Carr
1969-1970
Cecil G. Mitchum
1966-1969
Truman A. Moore
1964-1965
Dale Brown
1960-1963
Louis Stokes
1957-1959
Walter Barfield
1955-1957
G. Reid Smith
1953-1955
Pat Quattlebaum
1952-1953
Luther Adams
1950-1951
Richard C. Johnson
1948-1949

Our History

The lyrical name of Chapel by the Sea was adopted at the same time the church was constituted on January 25, 1948. On that day forty-eight people signed as charter members.

Chapel by the Sea began as a mission of Immanuel Baptist Church of Savannah, pastored by Rev. R. C. Johnson, who was called as pastor of the newly organized chapel.

The old vacated Post Exchange (PX) building in Ft. Screven was rented, and became our first chapel home.

CBTS's Old Post Exchange Building 1948

Lots were purchased on Butler Avenue for our permanent facilities. On Christmas Eve in 1961 we worshipped and celebrated in the newly completed "phase one" of our "three-phase" building program.

November 22, 1966 was a day of dual celebration-dedication of the new vestibule and groundbreaking for the new annex, which was completed and dedicated on September 11, 1988. As of December 31, 1994, we are debt free!

The journey from the old PX building to our present facilities has been one for uplifting Jesus Christ, and accomplished only through God's grace and some hard struggles and sacrifices by some very dedicated men, women, and children.

On January 25, 1998, we celebrated 50 years of ministry. Our golden jubilee is depicted in the following quilt which currently hangs within our chapel:

CBTS's Golden Jubilee Quilt

The Rev. David C. Laughner is our present pastor and under-shepherd. God continues to bless Chapel by the Sea and we praise and glorify our God and Savior for this.

Chapel by the Sea (2009)

Chapel by the Sea Baptist Church
811 Butler Avenue (Corner of Butler Ave and 9th St.)
Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 786-4647