"Holding Forth the Word of Life"
The Terry Center
Terry Center is used for the Chapel Office, Sunday School, Bible Study, Fellowship, and Social Events.
of Melbourne Beach
Roy M. Terry (1915-1988)
On February 7, 1982 Roy Terry conducted his first service at the Chapel as full time minister. He and his family had been residents of Melbourne Beach since 1974. His last appearance on the pulpit was on Christmas Eve of 1987, when he led a candlelight service.
Chaplain, Major General Roy M. Terry, retired Air Force Chief of Chaplains, was a native of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree and Yale University Divinity degrees in 1942. He served as pastor of the Methodist Church in Georgetown, Connecticut from 1939 to 1942. Joining the Army Air Corps in 1942, he attended Chaplain's School and then went on to Tunisia, Sicily and Italy during World War II. After the war he served in Connecticut, Alabama, the Philippines, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Maryland, the Office of the Air Force Chief of Chaplain, Japan and Colorado before he became Deputy Chief and then Chief of Air Force Chaplains.
During World War II, he was recipient
of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit Bronze
Star. When deactivated briefly after the war, he was
headmaster of a Connecticut boys' academy. Upon retirement
in 1974, General Terry became National Director of the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a post he held for three
Chaplain Terry initiated year-round services at the Chapel. He refused remuneration for the summer months and would only accept a one year contract at the time. "He moved the community into the Chapel, and the Chapel into the community", observed The Reverend Paul Allen. He was chaplain of the Greater South Brevard Area Chamber of Commerce and Man of the Year in 1979. At the Chamber's roast and toast of Chaplain Terry, he was described "as the George Burns of the clergy". Mayor of Melbourne Beach, Louis W. Conroy, Jr. related that Chaplain Terry often entered City Hall with a "wouldn't it be a good idea to ...." and often left with a commitment of 75 percent of the staff.
Chaplain Terry initiated the Chamber-sponsored Ecumenical Service and the Festival of Lessons and Carols for area high school choirs, and was an integral part in the growth of the Chamber prayer breakfast.
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association and the Patrick Air Force Base Officers Club. His many honors include an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, the B'nai B'rith Interfaith Award in 1972, and four awards from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.
Chaplain Terry was a charter member and first president of the Melbourne Beach Rotary Club. He was elected Man-of-the-Year in 1986 and was past president of the Indialantic Rotary Club.
He also spearheaded many civic projects, including Founder's Day at Melbourne Beach. As the centennial program coordinator, he asked the Chapel congregation to attend service on May 15, 1983 dressed in the garb of a hundred years ago. The Altar Guild decorated and rode on a float in the Centennial Parade of Melbourne Beach dressed in costumes of 1883.
Chaplain Roy M. Terry
He was fund-raising
chairman for the Melbourne Beach pier restoration project.
This historical land mark was built in 1889 and restored in
1985. It was listed on the National Register of Historic
Places on April 12, 1984.
Chaplain Terry was married to the former Emily F. Parks. Their three children are Roy M. Terry III of Naples, Florida; daughters, Pamela Terry-Racz of Indialantic, Florida and Emily Cofer of Jacksonville, Florida. There are five grandchildren, Roy M. Terry IV, Kathryn Terry, Stacey Terry-Racz, Laura Cofer, and Anne Cofer.
The Chapel congregation became familiar with all the civic projects and personal highlights which interested Chaplain Terry. They also learned to love ''Peanuts '' as he did. He initiated Maundy Thursday- a Communion service during Holy Week, the Advent Wreath with the candle lighting, the Bible study preceding church service for the weeks before Christmas and Easter. He led the transformation of the Manse into the Parish House. He distributed wedding brochures to bridal couples, religious publications to the congregation, and suggested the organization of the Altar Guild in 1982. Under his leadership, attendance climbed to 100 worshippers each Sunday
He spearheaded the Men's Breakfast Club or "Vice-President's Club", whose members performed necessary tasks around the grounds, started the annual Men's Cookie Bake-Off contest at Christmas time, and held fellowship with punch and cookies after service on a quarterly basis.
He requested Miss Julia Fowler, a Chapel member, to write a history of the Community Chapel for publication in The First Hundred Years - History of Melbourne Beach by Frank Thomas.
Chaplain Terry used the young people as acolytes and Scripture readers. He chose the theme of the Gospel Windows of stained glass, dedicated April 28, 1984.
He incorporated the observance of Mothers' Day into Christian Home Emphasis, which included mothers, fathers, parents and children.
A cassette ministry of his sermons was taken to shut-ins. Radio Station WMEL broadcast the Christmas Eve service each year.
He preached a sermon, "Golf", which is still fondly remembered Chaplain Terry's dream and goal for the Chapel was to build Fellowship Hall by the Chapel Centennial year 1992.
The Roy M. Terry Center for Christian Fellowship was dedicated January 10, 1992 on the Chapel's 100th birthday.