History

Church in the Forest opened its doors as a community chapel on September 13, 1987. It is located in the award winning Erdman Chapel at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. This chapel, designed by John Lyon Reid, is noted for its soaring ceilings, giant wooden pillars and lattice covered windows. A splendid glass wall behind the altar reveals a living tapestry of birds, trees and sky.

The Church was conceived by Joseph Wandke, President of the Stevenson School. The founding minister was L. Lamont Wiltsee, Episcopal Priest; assisted by Dr. Paul Woudenberg, a Methodist minister; and Clifford "Coach" Wilson, both Chaplains at Stevenson School. They combined the traditions of several denominations to create a beautiful worship service with particular attention to thoughtful and inspiring services and great music.

Programs include:

  • Sunday Music Concertino at 9:15 am
  • Sunday Services at 9:30 am
  • Sunday Bible study at 8:30 am
  • Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month, other Sundays are Morning Prayer
  • Weddings, Baptisms and Memorial services
  • Fellowship gatherings such as Twelfth Night burning of the greens on the beach, pre-Lenten hors d'oeuvres fest, Spring breakfast and the Fall anniversary party.

Of particular importance is the Greg Harrold pipe organ built and installed in 1992. This baroque instrument is perfectly sited high in the rear balcony. The traditional wine-glass shaped cabinet is made of mahogany. Pipe work is of wood and tin alloys; the exposed front metal pipes are gilded, polished and embossed. The wonderful acoustics of Erdman Chapel enhance the tonality of this exceptional instrument. In addition, Church in the Forest acquired a Steinway Model B Grand Piano in 1995 to complement its wonderful music program.

The members of Church in the Forest invite you to join us for a Sunday morning of visual, musical and spiritual growth and beauty.  See you in church!