Our Wedding Chapel
Our Chapel is nestled on a magnificent, tropical campus located on Longboat Key, the coast’s most pristine and glamorous barrier island. When you arrive on our five-acre campus you will immediately feel the tranquility and see the “Old Florida” charm of the setting. Our Friendship Garden is truly a botanical treasure with a plethora of trees and plants. It borders Sarasota Bay. The brick walkways through the garden lead you to the gazebo and a large sailboat dock with views of the bay. Public access to the white sand beach of the Gulf of Mexico is moments away by car. The three settings: garden, bay and beach offer dramatic and exquisite settings for your wedding photographs.
Our staff is totally dedicated to making your event at the Chapel a very positive and memorable experience. Our Senior Minister has served over 30 years as an ordained professional minister. His extensive experience allows him to address every possible need that a wedding couple may wish to discuss. The wedding coordinator will assist you with planning your unique ceremony, in a budget sensitive manner, and ensure that your wedding experience is perfectly choreographed. In addition to the services offered at the Chapel, we personally know and can recommend wedding professionals in the surrounding area that can assist with every service that you may desire for your wedding event.
Our Senior Minister
The Rev. Bill Friederich
Your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. As a minister with over 30 years of experience, I can assure you that whatever your needs are regarding the service, pre-marital counseling or other sacraments (baptism and holy communion) can be professionally provided as needed. As you prepare to choose a wedding venue for this blessed event we hope that you consider the Longboat Island Chapel. While there are many beautiful opportunities, we would like you to consider our Garden, the Prayer Chapel or our Main Sanctuary for your wedding ceremony. These options secure you against any environmental challenges. The aforementioned selections plus other options including our on-site reception area provide a full-service opportunity for this important moment. The Chapel’s experienced wedding coordinator will be able to fully explain all of the wonderful choices available to you. I hope that you consider visiting our beautiful campus and choose one from the many options that we can provide.
The Rev. Bill Friederich has been an ordained, professional Christian minister for over 30 years. He holds Masters Degrees from Wheaton Graduate School in Chicago and Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine. He has served churches in Illinois, Maine, Germany, and now Florida.
Growing up as a child in Illinois in the Evangelical and Reformed tradition of the United Church of Christ, has given Bill a deep respect for the liturgies, theologies, and the sacraments of baptism and communion.
As a UCC minister and now credentialed with the ICCC, the Chapel’s affiliation, his strengths as a minister are shaped by a profound experience for compassion and empathy, open-heartedness, embracing diversity and inclusivity, with a mission towards collaborative ministry. Bill’s style is to work in the community on projects and to dream our missions together.
Music and the Arts are an important passion he shares. He hopes to plan worship experiences with individuals who share similar passions for expressing our faith and the Gospel through creative styles while simultaneously honoring traditional worship.
Rev. Bill is a person who concurs with the Chapel’s Affirmation of Faith, the “Service is our Prayer”. We believe we can be the people God intended for us to be by reaching out to those who are marginalized, rejected, powerless, hurting, and without a voice. His ministry is focused on being agents of change and transformation as well as healing and loving those who have been excluded.
Bill’s deepest desire is to work towards creating a welcoming sacred space where there will always be room at the table for those who have no place.
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key , FL 34228