Our History

Since our founding in 1995, Chapel Hill has been a stronghold of the Kingdom, a place where the message of God’s grace and love has been boldly proclaimed and lived by its members.

A Legacy of Grace

1995

Chapel Hill was founded by members of the former Bethel United Methodist Church (at Estelle & Waterman in Wichita, Kansas) who had a vision to reach the growing outer northeast area of Wichita.

On January 15, 1995 the first meeting to start planning the new congregation was held. The following Sunday, a group of 12 people started meeting weekly at the home of Paul and Jan Longhofer for prayer and planning.

Approximately 43 acres of undeveloped land at the northwest corner of 13th Street North and K-96 Highway was purchased by the Wichita United Methodist District Union with support from the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In March of 1995, the founders met on the land to pray and seek God’s direction. The first official Chapel Hill service was held Sunday, October 1, 1995 at Wichita Collegiate High School.

2001

On July 8, 2001, Chapel Hill held its groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the future building at 13th Street North and K-96. A groundbreaking service was held Sunday, October 18, 2001 with more than 300 people in attendance.

2002

After nearly a year of construction, Chapel Hill opened the doors to its new home at 1550 N. Chapel Hill Drive. The service of consecration was held on October 6, 2002, with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 people.

About Our Bell Tower: Our bell was a gift to us by the congregation at Isabel, Kansas. Most of the congregation gathered together to lay sod and watch the bell’s installation.

2009

Chapel Hill helps form the Planeview Transformation Coalition, a partnership of agencies focused on the needs of the most impoverished area in Wichita. The partnership would result in the building of a new health care clinic and the opening of the south campus of the Lord’s Diner.

2010

Attendance jumps from 550 to 650, with three Sunday morning and one Saturday evening services. In response to the sustained growth, a building committee is elected in December 2010. All leaders and staff begin strategic visions for the future of each ministry.

2012

Following a successful capital campaign, new ground is broken for the expansion of Chapel Hill, providing a 850-seat worship center, larger kitchen, and significant new space for infant and children’s ministries, youth and adult ministries, and administrative offices. Additional parking will also be available.

2014

Bishop Scott Jones celebrated Easter with Chapel Hill on April 20, 2014, by consecrating the new Sanctuary and facilities including classrooms and preschool space.

We invite you to share in our excitement as we recognize the many ways God is working through Chapel Hill.