Providence has been the roadsign of my faith journey and when I stumble and fall I bleed Presbyterian. My life blessing began being born into a home of Christian parents, my father being a Presbyterian minister. My mother, now 101, resides at Sunnyside Presbyterian Home in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I am one of five Presbyterian clergy with my father and father-in-law (now deceased) being clergy, my sister serving Franklin Presbyterian Church and my brother-in-law serving as co-pastor at Highlands Presbyterian.
Following seminary at Princeton I was called to Petersburg Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, West Virginia, where I pastored for eleven years. The joys of pastoring in a small town were rich but when the Potomac RIver overflowed its banks in 1984 this crisis moment for the community also ultimately opened a door for me receive a call from Avondale Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. I pastored this congregation for a period of 31 years and retired from labors of committee meetings, preaching and pastoral care in 2017.
After a short three month stint of working for my brother-law driving truck for the US Postal Service I was called by Central Steele Creek, Charlotte, to serve as their Interim pastor. A door opened and I found myself wondering what God had in store. Now another door has opened to serve as Interim at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk. Again, wondering what God has in store.
My life partner is Nadja Sefcik-Earl who is an aquatics instructor and who finds joy in ringing handbells and playing flute. She understands the pastorate well and holds an equal devotion to the church. When time allows she loves reading and gardening. We have been blessed with two children, Mackenzie Sawyer and John Thomas Earl. Mackenzie and her husband Matt, who reside in Wrightsville Beach, gave birth this past December to our first grandchild. John Thomas resides in Charlotte as a computer programmer. Just another extension of God’s providence and grace at work.
Joan graduated from James Madison University in 1984 with a major in finance and accounting. She moved to Wilmington in the summer of 2000 and began employment with the Little Chapel in the fall of 2002. Joan also works with other churches in the Wilmington area, specializing in non-profit accounting.
Organist, harpsichordist, composer and author David Lee Heinzman has been a church musician since the age of 14. An active recitalist, David has given solo organ concerts and performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the country.
During his student days, David was a finalist in the Arthur Poister Organ Playing Competition (Syracuse, N.Y.) and First Place Winner in the Long Beach (California) AGO Competition. In addition, David has made recordings for various organ companies and conducted workshops on various topics relating to the organ and church music.
David earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with honors and distinction in organ performance from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Robert Glasgow. Post-graduate work was done at the University of Southern California where he studied organ with Cherry Rhodes and composition with James F. Hopkins.
Laurendale and Associates, Canticle Music Distributors publish his organ compositions as well as his book "MIDI Goes to Church". A career church musician, David has served a number of churches in Michigan and California and most recently in Wilmington, N.C. where he relocated three years ago to be closer to his family. David's mother is a native of Erwin, NC. For two years, David was accompanist for The Carolina Vocal Ensemble and is an active member of the Wilmington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Dan has been with the Little Chapel for eleven years. His work includes maintenance of all aspects of the buildings and grounds of Little Chapel. He attends Grace 210 Presbyterian Church. He has a daughter Emily, who is in college. In his spare time, Dan likes to travel, work in his workshop, swim, hike, or read.
Dan who is proficient in American Sign Language welcomes conversation and enjoys serving the church community.
Delores graduated from Strayer University with a degree in business. In her career path Delores has worked in the fields of architecture, manufacturing, construction, and IT; all the while putting her degree to good use.
A native of Virginia, Delores moved to Wilmington in 2015 and began working at Little Chapel in the spring of 2017. She resides in Wilmington with her husband Chris, daughter Sarah, Bulldog Axle, and Sammy the Green Wing McCaw.