Our Mission & Vision

When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment, he replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Matthew 22:33-39

The mission statement of Girdwood Chapel originates from these words and remains; “Love God. Love Others.  Change the World.”  Over the last year this mission has been in the forefront of our studies, our planning, our decision making, and the actions we have taken in service to our community.
 
Girdwood chapel has a unique position in the community as the only congregation with a church building and a pastor living and working in the community. Because of this distinction, our pastor is able to serve the community in multiple ways including serving as the Chaplain for the Girdwood Fire Department, leading Easter and Christmas Eve services, and the church can open its doors for community use. Boys and Girls Scouts, the Girdwood Health Clinic, Alcoholics Anonymous, fitness class, Adam’s Camp are some of the groups using the church.
 
As a congregation, we have worked together in service to our community. Once a month we collect “noisy change” and give it to people and organizations in need. We host the food pantry with a hot meal once a month and twice a month during the resorts off season. We also provide a community meal once a week during that time. Those weekly meals serve about 20 people. We organize and co-host the community Thanksgiving dinner. This year there were about 500 folks served. We’ve begun work to renew and improve the Community Garden. We’ve also implemented a Teen Ministry that has been met with wonderful success, averaging 15 teens every other weekend. This ministry feeds, educates, and provides a safe place for teens from 5th grade to high school. Currently we are working on plans to remodel the library for a space that will allow this program to grow.
 
If you do not yet have a church home, we hope that you will find it here with us here at Girdwood Chapel!
 

Our Pastor:

Nico Reijns was appointed to serve with us here in Girdwood and the Turnagain arm area starting in July 2019. He, his wife Laura, and their dogs (Calvin & Addie) arrived after serving churches in Seattle and Anchorage. Nico has also served in campus ministry at Boston University and for many years in camping and retreat ministries in Washington.
 
Pastor Nico is an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. He loves accompanying people through their own spiritual journeys and is passionate about connecting our faith to the community and world around us. He has spent years helping communities tackle issues around affordable housing, food security, education, and access to medical and mental healthcare. Nico is so excited to be partnering with the folks of Girdwood Chapel as we Love God, Love Each Other, and Change the World.
 
Nico skis, runs, hikes, bikes, kayaks, fishes, and generally spends as much time playing outside as possible. He also dabbles in some woodworking, and loves to cook almost as much as he loves to eat.