Our Mission

The mission of the Island Chapel is to take care of the flock and to win people to Christ. One acronym best expresses the main focus of The Island Chapel: WIFE.
W = Worship God in all we do
I = Instruction – do all we can to share the Word of God with others
F = Fellowship – An integral part of our mission.
E = Evangelism, or expression of our faith.

About Us

The Island Chapel started modestly, as a bible study at the home of James and Dorothy Hair for a year. The group grew quickly when Dr. Mike Wetzel and his wife, Maria moved from New Orleans to establish the church. They moved to a local resort in 1992.

The local Bank purchased a large parcel of land to build a bank, but did not need all of the land. They approached Dr. Wetzel with a proposal to sell a portion of the land for a church building. The Island Chapel’s current building was completed in 2001, and the church has continued to grow.

Dr. Mike Wetzel’s sermons are bible-based, practical, relevant and applicable to our daily lives. The education program offers something for every age group. Worship services always include music and singing.

The Island Chapel is active in community events such as our Easter Sunrise Service, Easter Egg Hunt, Fall Harvest Festival, Children’s Christmas Party, the Christmas Cantata, Vacation Bible School, Baseball Concessions, as well as year-round adult and children’s education programs, local, national and international mission outreach programs. There are many ways to participate, through volunteer opportunities, depending on individual skills and interest.

The Island Chapel welcomes you!


Our Beliefs


There is one and only one God. He is the Creator of the universe.
The eternal God reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


God the Father

He is all powerful, loving, and holy. God is Father in the truth to those who become children of God.

God the Son

Jesus is the incarnate flesh of God. Conceived of the Spirit, and born of virgin Mary.

Jesus was God and perfectly lived and did the will of God as a human being, yet never sinned. His death on the cross provided the means of redemption for man.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He convicts of sin and always exalts Christ.

His presence in the life of a believer is promised by God. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.


The Bible

The Bible was written by men that were divinely inspired by God.

It has God for it's author and is without any mixture of error.


Man is created in the image of God. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can restore man back to fellowship with Him.


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.

The Church

The church is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant and faith. The church has one purpose and that is to glorify God. The church has four objectives to accomplish the one purpose. The objectives are Worship, Instruction, Fellowship, and Expression.




8:00 am and 10:00 am
Nursery Provided
– Ages 3½ and Under

Adult Sunday Bible Study
9:00 am

Children’s Sunday School 10:00 am

The Island Chapel
1271 Pinellas Bayway
Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Phone: 727-866-7362

Email: info@theislandchapel.org