Relics from Greek church may end up in future Sandestin chapel

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM.

Becnel said he will continue to work on finding a site, believing that since Sandestin is a family resort area it needs a chapel.

"Many would like to have one for weddings, baptisms, family gatherings, and even so older couples could renew their vows there," he said. "And The Gathering, now meeting at the Linkside Conference Center in the Sandestin Resort would be welcome."

The old Destin church at 303 U.S. Highway 98, built by Maltezo's daughters and other family members as a family chapel, was dedicated in 1984 to John George Maltezo, Destin pioneer and shipbuilder.

Many in Destin, especially the Marlers and Maltezos, family members of the original builders, have vivid memories of the times they spent at St. John's for weddings, baptisms, funerals and the annual cross dive. The pews contain nameplates and are dedicated to family members.

After the location for the new chapel is found, the pews will be refurbished and installed — giving these relics a new life and creating new memories for generations to come.

"All the people who loved the old Destin church are welcome to come and visit them," Becnel said.

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