Montreat, NC
Date of Completion: 1998
Project Size: 220-Seat Sanctuary SF

The Chapel of the Prodigal is a 220-seat sanctuary completed in the fall of 1998. The Chapel’s artistic treasure is a fresco on the “Return of the Prodigal Son” by internationally known artist Ben Long. In mountain Gothic style, the building rises on a base of river stone. The entry is framed in heavy reclaimed fir timbers, which were used for the roof trusses within the sanctuary. The sanctuary includes a balcony nestled up within the trusses. The McGowan Center for Christian Studies is housed in a space below the sanctuary level and includes classrooms, conference rooms, and faculty offices.