Watch our August 26, 2022 Friday family night service (Thailand)

Watch our August 26, 2022 Friday family night service with a focus Thailand by missionary Ron Myers.

This service includes hymn singing, prayer, and the presentation by Thailand by missionary Ron Myers. He discussed his ministry there, Buddhism, evangelism, and the importance of grounding the gospel in creation (God the creator) for Buddhists.

Read more on Ron Myers creation evangelism for Buddhists HERE

Watch our August 5, 2022 Friday family night service (Israel Again with Ed Dickinson!)

Watch our August 5, 2022 Friday family night service with a focus on Israel again with Ed Dickinson and his family!

This service includes hymn singing, prayer, and the presentation by visiting missionary from Israel Ed Dickinson and his family. He and his family did a skit introducing the issues in the Jewish evangelism. This is our second Friday Family Night about Israel. Also, Ed lead our night’s “Rehearse the Verse” which was psalm 117 in both English and Hebrew!

You can watch more of our Friday Family Nights HERE or directly on our YouTube channel

Watch our July 29, 2022 Friday family night service (Costa Rica)

Watch our July 29, 2022 Friday family night service with a focus on Costa Rica.

This service includes hymn singing, prayer, and the presentation by Don A. Don had been to Costa Rica several times. He told about its culture, industries, and politics. It sounds like a great place! He also talked about its spiritual needs.

Portuguese Language Countries – July 15, 2022 Friday Family Night (the Burtons)

Watch our July 15, 2022 Friday family night service on Portuguese language countries by retired missionaries to Brazil Sam and Betsy Burton. This service includes hymn singing, prayer, and the presentation by these retired missionaries.

Our Friday Family Nights start at about 6 PM with a potluck at Mader Hall across from the Chapel building. Afterwards, we have a short service like the one above.

Mader Hall
Mader Hall

For our next Friday Family Nights and more details, check out our Calendar

Watch our past Friday family nights from our Website
or directly on YouTube.

Watch our May 8, 2022 Worship service, sermon by Sam Burton (John 10:1-10)

Watch our May 8, 2022 Worship service. It includes singing, announcements, special music, a missionary report, and a sermon by retired missionary Dr. Sam Burton from John 10:1-10.

We sang the hymns “We’re Marching to Zion,” “Near to the Heart of God,” The Light of the World is Jesus,” and “Have You any Room for Jesus?”

We had a missionary report from Brazil. Dan told about the training of pastors, how churches were doing, and the teaching of children.

Next, retired missionary Sam Burton gave a sermon from The gospel of John (John 10:1-10), “The Door of Salvation.” Sam showed that Jesus is the great I Am (Exodus 3:14). He noted that this verse was in the present tense. He also taught from Isaiah 53:6, and compared Jesus the door to the door of the ark of safety and salvation.

Sam pointed out that there are two doors. Jesus is the door of salvation. Also, there is the door of our hearts that we are to open (Revelation 3:20). He also pointed out that Jesus coming into our hearts is not just our salvation but a daily pattern.

Watch more of our sermons here on our Website or directly on YouTube.

Read Sam Burton’s Testimony

(Read Sam Burton’s Testimony. Sam is a deacon at the Chapel and preaches the sermon on the second Sunday of the month.)


By Dr. Sam W. Burton

Saturday, May 12, 1945 –Okinawa

“Anchored in Keremo Retto. Loaded ammo. … During last night’s action, the DD Hanby was repeatedly attacked while on radar picket duty. She shot down nineteen planes and was hit by five others. She was later abandoned and sank. At dusk this evening two Japanese planes came … and attacked the Wick (U.S.S. Wichita) and the New Mexico. Ours was the first and crashed about 1,000 yards on our starboard beam. While everyone was engaged in our “buzz boy” the second came in low astern of the New Mexico strafing her the fall length of her stern and crashing into her at the base of her stacks and bridge. She burned fiercely for about ten minutes, and there were several explosions before the fire was brought under control. While firing at these planes, a destroyer fired a 5″ shell into our catapult, spraying two 40 MM mounts with shrapnel. Thirteen men were injured One died at 0130, Three suicide boats were sunk during the night, with two more probably sunk.”

Tuesday, May 15, 1945

“Bombarded all day and all night. Two enemy plane raids, but no attacks.”
This was during the Battle of Okinawa. I was aboard the U.S.S. Wichita during this time.
But, the “rest of the story!”:

I was born in New York City (Manhatten) of parents who were in the theater. Because of their careers, they came to Hollywood and San Francisco and left me with a family when I was 1 1/2 years to 2 years old — from 2-7 years old — 5 years during the Depression, Of course, I owe my lífe to that family, the Benke family.

At seven I was put on a train headed for California with other children and a nanny. In California I met people I did not know, my parents. I was put in boarding schools during my elementary school years but did live with my parents in Laguna Beach, CA, during my high school years.

Upon graduation on June 8, 1944, I went immediately into the Navy on June 10, 1944, and went through “boot camp” in San Diego, CA. I received a New Testament from the Gideons and put it in my “ditty bag”.

After boarding the Wichita in the South Pacific (Ulithi) and being in several naval battles, we found ourselves on a 10 month deportation and the Battle of Okinawa. During this time, I practiced boxing aboard and began reading the Gideon’s New Testament. One thing was a great embarrassment to me, a filthy mouth. The Lord convicted me as I read this New Testament and led me into His truth. I read,” Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6),”Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). And then I read: Rom.: 3:23, 6:23, Eph 2:8,9.

After reading the entire Gideon’s New Testament and the decision page, I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior on May 15, 1945. During this time I also attended a Bible study on board ship led by Hudson Armerding, my radar division officer and later president of Wheaton College. We studied Fundamentals of the Christian Faith from Moody Bible Institute. At the end of the War, the ship went through the Panama Canal to Philadelphia. I met some Christian young people at a Servicemen’s Center and attended church and was baptized on April 4, 1946. I was 20 years old.

I thank the Lord for the Navy. I learned to say, “yes, Sir”, and “no, Sir”; I was saved by reading a Gideon’s New Testament and I got four years of GI Bill of Rights education. From 1946-1950 I attended Westmont College as a history major. It was here that I met Betsy who has been such a tremendous blessing to me for 70 years. Dr. Charles Ryrie married us on April 29, 1951. While at Westmont my new found Christian faith was grounded through Bible courses, the Navigator memory system and practical Christian ministry with the American Sunday School Union (now the American Missionary Fellowship) and two summers with the Canadian Sunday School Mission.

After graduating from Westmont, I studied at UCSB for a teaching credential and a year
of Bible and Theology at Multnmah School of the Bible in Portland, OR. After teaching school
on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in Northern California for three years, and after much prayer, Betsy and I and our three little girls moved to upstate New York where I taught school.

On October, 1957, we boarded a German freighter, the Bertioga, and headed for Argentina. It was our privilege and joy to serve as missionaries for 38 years in Argentina, Uruguay, the Amazon River in Brazil in church establishing, and in Mexico and Guatemala in Theological Education by Extension which grew from 80 students to 700. Our family grew from 3 children to 8 including an adopted Brazilian.

I was able also to continue studying and received an M.A. in Education from Azasa Pacific University and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern California Bible College and Seminary. My doctoral dissertation was published by William Carey Library Publishers in Pasadena with the title Disciple Mentoring – Theological Education by Extension.

What a privilege, too, to teach Intercultural Studies (Missions) at Christian Heritage College in El Cajon for 15 years as an adjunct professor (adding my junk – Ha!). I am now teaching courses with SCBC and S, mostly in Spanish.

AND — all because of that Gideon’s New. Testament. Thank you Gideons International!
Praise the Lord!


Sam Burton’s Testimony Friday Family Night at the Chapel.
Sam Burton teaching

Watch some of his sermons during our worship services HERE on our website. More on our YOUTUBE

Watch our August 27, 2021 Friday Family Night

Watch our August 27, 2021 Friday Family Night service, the last one for this year, including prayers, hymn singing, and the testimony of Jose. We started our online videos of Friday family night testimonies with one by one Jose, and we’re ending with one by another Jose! The verse he chose was Revelation 3:20.

We have Friday family nights for the summer months of July and August.

Watch our August 20, 2021 Friday Family Night

Watch our August 20, 2021 Friday Family Night

Watch our August 20, 2021 Friday Family Night service including prayers, hymn singing, and the testimonies of visiting eldest daughter Becky and son-in-law Loren of the pastor who found the chapel, Pastor Jim Mader.

Becky discusses being raised in the Chapel, being saved here, and going to Prairie Bible Institute. Loren talks how about meeting Becky there, their experiences as missionaries, his working as a registrar at Northwestern Baptist Seminary, and the great significance Colossians 3:17 had on his life.

We have Friday family nights for the summer months of July and August. Join us for our last Family night this year with a 6:15 PM potluck and our 7:15 PM informal Friday night service.