In 2013, Watts Chapel Young Adult Missionary Ministry members made their first international missions trip to Haiti. Watts Chapel began and completed the addition of more than 250 parking spaces to accommodate our growing congregation! The first “Find Your Fit Day” was held to give members an opportunity to connect with church ministries and become more active.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2014, several hundred Watts Chapel members, joined by members from a few other churches, helped pack more than 40,000 meals to send to third-world countries through the “Stop Hunger Now” project. This was just one of the many activities undertaken by the church to provide assistance to persons in need. Others include a mission trip to Ghana by a group of Watts Chapel youth, sending clothes and toiletries to incarcerated men and women, building Habitat for Humanity houses, and the “Christmas in the Carolinas” project filled an entire panel truck with needed items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Several new initiatives designed to enrich the lives of the Watts membership are now part of Watts Chapel life: Financial Peace University, a Business Directory, Zumba classes, Marriage Enrichment Retreats, numerous health and wellness activities, and much more.
Watts Chapel suffered a great personal loss with the death of Pastor Emeritus Frank B. Weaver on May 8,2014. His life of faithful service, dedication to God and strong leadership of Watts Chapel was celebrated on May 17, 2014.
Under the leadership of Rev. White, several new initiatives: HBCU Sunday, Social Media Sundays, Greek Week, Wednesdays in the Word, and Saturday Night Live services all helped to bring new members to Watts, By the end of the summer of 2014, membership had grown to more than 2200. Several overflow rooms were created to provide access to Sunday Worship services when the sanctuary is filled to capacity. Additional upgrades include major changes in media resources in the sanctuary. More changes are planned to accommodate our burgeoning membership.
The Watts Chapel Baptist Church Family is proud of its history, which contains a great deal of Christian progress, along with some setbacks. No matter what experiences have fallen upon the Watts Chapel family, we have held steadfast to our goal of Christian fellowship. With the grace and guidance of God Almighty, strong faith, and the hard work of our pastor and membership, there is deep optimism that the Watts Chapel family will continue to prosper, individually and collectively. We must hold fast to the strong heritage and legacy that has brought us thus far and will carry us into the future.