Mission Partnerships

Missions Outreach Goal: To assist the church in choosing and funding the Christian organizations which are dedicated to the furthering of God’s word wherever opportunities exist. They may be local, statewide, national or international in scope.


The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Christ-centered services to children and families in need. The Children’s Homes has been serving abused, neglected and orphaned children since 1904. The Children’s Homes is an agency of the Florida Baptist Convention and is governed by a 24-member board of trustees. These trustees are elected by the Convention to serve three-year terms on a rotating basis. For more information, please visit www.fbchomes.org.

The Next Stepp
St. Petersburg Pregnancy Center
is a pregnancy center in the south side of St. Petersburg, Florida. The center is open for pregnancy tests, counseling to keep a child or give them up for adoption. The center also has a new mom closet that will provide clothing and baby items if they go through training and counseling. The Island Chapel held the second annual Children’s Christmas Party with the Next Stepp families in 2014. The children of The Island Chapel and the children from The Next Stepp Center shared games, crafts, singing, fun, food and fellowship. The center is located at 1210 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712 Phone: (727) 896-9119 http://nextstepp.org

Manna on Wheels’ mission is to help feed the homeless. The organization is local, and is currently working with the Hillsborough County Coalition for the Homeless. These organizations, along with several local churches, are partnering to feed the homeless in the southern and eastern sections of Hillsborough County. To learn more about this ministry, please visit www.mannaonwheels.org

Suncoast Baptist Association is a family of New Testament churches, partnering together, to fulfill the Great Commission both locally and globally. Our Vision: To join God and each other in the making of new disciples and the multiplication of new churches for His kingdom, until every person on the Florida Suncoast has had the opportunity to hear and respond to the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. To learn about  this group go to www.suncoastbaptist.com.

 S.T.A.A.R. You hear about it on the nightly news and in special interet stories from around the world, but it occurs daily in communities all around us. Every year, thousands of young women are forced into sexual exploitation. Most are under the age of 18. And after they turn 18, who is there to help? S.T.A.A.R. is a confidential Christian ministry primarily focused on the practical care and mentoring of victims of abuse, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. They offer safe housing, medical, dental, legal services and more, with a staff that works closely with law enforcement to provide a bridge of communications between the victim/survivor and law enforcement. To learn more about S.T.A.A.R, visit: www.starrministry.com





New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
- The Island Chapel currently covers the approximate cost of three student’s tuition per semester. The purpose of the seminary is to train men and women to minister in today’s world. To learn more about this organization, please visit www.nobts.edu.

North American Mission Board
is the domestic mission’s agency of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our defined mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, start New Testament congregations, minister to persons in the name of Christ, and assist churches in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories in effectively performing these functions. We do this by focusing on three major objectives: sharing Christ, starting churches, and sending missionaries. To learn more about NAMB go to www.namb.net

Jesus Project Ministries A ministry that supports poverty stricken children and families still recovering from the devasting New Orleans floods. The program provides a safe, nurturing environment for children to grow and learn through the Apple Street Learning Center, with free turnoring, after school supervision, snacks, and a brown bag take home lunch program for hungry children in the community. Christian education includes a discipleship program and a Friday night youth group, providing a safe enviorment to hang out and take part in Bible study. Community outreach projects include summer Bible camp, back to school outreach, Easter fish fry, Cajun Thanksgiving outreach, with give-away turkeys and groceries, and Christmas paryth and toy giveaway. www.jesusprojectministries.com



In response to God's love, grace and truth, the purpose of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is to establish and advance at colleges and universities, witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture and God's purposes in the world. The vision of InterVarsity is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed. www.intervarsity.org


North India Christian Ministry
’s goal is to reach every village in India that has not yet been reached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. North India Christian Ministries currently has programs in place in the regions of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other areas of North India. For more information, please visit www.nicministries.org.

Military Ministry - The vision of Military Ministry is to transform the nations of the world through the militaries of the world. The mission is to Win, Build, and Send in the power of the Holy Spirit and to establish movements of spiritual multiplication in the worldwide military community. To learn more about Military Ministry, please visit www.militaryministry.org.


Rafiki was founded in 1985 by former missionary and current general director, Rosemary Jensen. The Rafiki Foundation is a Christian Organization whose goal is to help orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa to become godly contributors to their communities and the world. If you would like to learn more about this organization, please visit www.rafiki-foundation.org.

The International Mission Board's main objective is presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to lead individuals to saving faith in Him and result in church-planting movements among all the peoples of the world. Almost 5,000 people groups - 1.6 billion people - still live with little or no access to the Gospel. We currently have over 5000 full time missionaries dealing with over 1100 people groups. To learn more about the IMB search at www.imb.org

New Hope Ministries, Haiti. is a Christian-run orphanage caring for abandoned and orphaned children in Haiti.  Our Haiti Mission teams have visited this orphanage during recent mission trips. Funds are used to provide much needed food, clothing and medical supplies. Due to the location and resources, they do not have a web presence at this time.

Special International Projects

Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. Every Christmas, The Island Chapel participates in Operation Christmas Child annually. Members of the church select gifts for girls and boys ages 2 – 14 and fill plastic “shoeboxes” with those gifts. More than 180 shoeboxes, along with funds to cover shipping were sent to Samaritan’s Purse for distribution for Christmas, 2013.

Location & Info

The Island Chapel
1271 Pinellas Bayway
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Telephone: 727-866-7362
Email: info@theislandchapel.org

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

Dr. Mike Wetzel drmikewetzel@theislandchapel.org

Director of Christian Education
Joshua Wolfenden

Worship Music Director
Angela Wolfenden

Administrative Assistant
Anita Mack


Nancy Johnson