Whitetail Chapel in Ivor, Virginia about 61 miles from Richmond, Virginia is a church where members worship in the nude. The pastor and congregation have taken the statement “Come as you are” very literal.
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Allen Parker, the pastor of Whitetail Chapel said, “Jesus was naked during some of his most important moments. When he was born he was naked, when he was crucified he was naked and when he arose he left his clothes in the tomb and he was naked. If God made us that way, how can that be wrong?” Pastor Parker further stated that the church is family-oriented and the members are very involved in helping others.
The pastor said: “I consider this a gift and a privilege God has given me. They’re caring, they’re understanding, and they’re community and family oriented. We have one of the most involved chapels anyplace around. I’ll put our church up against others around.”
Richard Foley, a congregant said, “I really don’t think God cares what you wear when you worship.”
Sabrina, a member of Whitetail says, ” I have been a member of this church and it is just the same as a “normal church.” I have sat in this chapel and the services are moving. You will not be turned away even if you go with clothes on. Whitetail Chapel is made up of regular people.”
A male member of the church said, “As for God, God would rather you be in church naked, piously worshiping and being a spiritual person with good morals than being out sinning and spreading hate with your clothes on.”
The Whitetail Chapel is part of the Whitetail Nudist Resort, the only year-round nudist resort in Virginia. It has been in existence since 1984 and is reported to be increasing. More than 10,000 people visit each year and the percentage goes up each year.