The History of The Chapel Through the Recollections of Chapel Pastors
Proclaiming Christ Since 1972
The Chapel on the Campus was established in 1972 by a group of people who were concerned for the spiritual needs of students on the LSU campus. They called Donald Tabb as the founding pastor.
During the first three years, The Chapel met in many different locations. Recognizing that a growing church needed a more permanent identity, the leadership secured land on the LSU campus and completed building the sanctuary in the fall of 1976. By 1985 a second two-story educational facility was added at the rear of the original buildings. The church continued to grow and flourish under Donald Tabb’s leadership until his transition to Pastor Emeritus in 2001.
In 2002 a growing ministry to families made it obvious The Chapel’s impact was moving beyond the campus. Under the leadership of Dr. Dennis Eenigenburg, Senior Pastor from 2001-2011, the elders initiated a stewardship campaign to provide funding to revitalize campus ministry and to relocate part of the congregation to a new facility. Ministry to collegians was enhanced by starting a Sunday evening service called Refuge 7:37 and opening a free coffee shop named Common Grounds.
A second Chapel location was established at The Dunham School in June 2003. This temporary location found a permanent home when The Chapel received The Oaks Community Church and merged ministries in October 2006. This second location, named The Chapel in the Oaks, offers facilities, including a gym, commercial grade kitchen, football field and classroom space, that make it ideal for community focused ministry.
With two permanent locations and an increasing number of college-oriented venues, one thing has not changed and that is The Chapel’s founding vision to proclaim Jesus on the campus, in the community, and around the world. Chapel leadership has consistently stepped out in faith, confident that God would provide a place for the ministry passion He placed in their hearts.
The Chapel, under the leadership of Dr. Kevin McKee who became Senior Pastor in 2011, looks toward 2020 with renewed vision to pray, prepare people for ministry and plant churches.