Figure 8 Island Church
15 Bridge Road
Wilmington, NC 28411

Figure 8 Island Church

The Figure 8 Island Church invites invites residents and guests to join its services each Sunday morning at 8:30 am in the Yacht Club. Weekly services begin on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and continue through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Once again this year our managing minister will be Rev. Bob Haywood, who has been with us since 1996.

2019 Summer Schedule

  • April 21, Rev. Jerry Bron

  • May 26, Rev. Ron Abrams

  • June 2, Rev. Bob Haywood

  • June 9, Rev. Bob Haywood

  • June 16, Kristi Overton Johnson

  • June 23, Rev. Bob Hudak

  • June 30, Rt. Rev. Henry Nutt Parsley

  • July 7, Rev. Bob Haywood

  • July 14, Rev. Dan Matthews

  • July 21, Rev. Bob Haywood

  • July 28, Rev. Jay Sidebotham

  • August 4, Rev. Bob Haywood

  • August 11, Rev. Paul Johansson

  • August 18, Rev. Steve Hein

  • August 25, Rev. Bob Haywood

  • September 1, Rev. Bob Haywood

Read more about this season's guest speakers below.

All services will be a time for refreshments and fellowship afterwards in the Lobby Lounge.

Rev. Robert W. Haywood III

Bob is a retired Presbyterian minister who has served Figure 8 Island Church since 1996. He has spent his career as Campus Minister at universities in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. Most recently, he served as Campus Minister twenty-eight years at UNCW Wilmington. A lifelong sailor, he and wife Deborah love to travel. They have lived in Wilmington since 1980 and are blessed to have two of their four children, and two grandchildren living nearby. 

2017 Guest Speakers

2018 Guest Speakers

Rev. Ron Abrams, Guest Speaker

May 26, 2019

Rev. Ron Abrams has served as the Rector of St. James’ Parish, Wilmington since 1999. Prior to moving to Wilmington Abrams served as Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Fayetteville, where he worked extensively with military families. In 2000, Ron re-established services at Lebanon Chapel near Wrightsville Beach. This once abandoned chapel now attracts over three hundred people each Sunday during the summer season. Ron is married to Kathleen and they have two sons, Kyle and Oliver.

Kristi Overton Johnson, Guest Speaker

June 16, 2019

In her thirty-five-year water ski career, Kristi Overton Johnson fell every day. Yet in the midst of her falls and failures, she became one of the most decorated women water skiers of all times, holding the world record in women’s slalom from 1992-2010 and accumulating over 80 professional world titles.

Her experiences as a professional athlete and her relationship with Jesus Christ taught Kristi the valuable truth that falls don’t prevent victory—on the water or in life­­. Instead, it’s how one respond to the falls and which power source one connects to that determine the outcome. 

It is this message of perseverance, truth, and hope that Kristi has dedicated her life to sharing. Her message of second chances has been especially impacting within the prison system.

In 2013, God used a simple visit with an incarcerated friend to open Kristi’s eyes to the hopelessness of life behind bars and the need for imprisoned men and women to know the God of second chances.

Since them, Kristi and her ministry team have been committed to being a voice of hope to inmates across the United States through its Victorious Living magazine, Prison Correspondence Outreach, and on-site prison events.

Kristi married her best friend, Tim Johnson, in 1994. They have three children: Ty, Dalton, and Ivy. Tim and Kristi reside in Central Florida, home base to Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries and In His Wakes, both nonprofit ministries Kristi founded. Her family, Parker and Becky Overton, and brother Michael live in Greenville and enjoy their summers on Figure 8.

Kristi is the published author of Running the Course and Hit It! And the publisher of Victorious Living magazine. She has brought her magazine today as a gift for you. 

Rev. Bob Hudak, Guest Speaker

June 23, 2019

Rev. Bob Hudak retired in July, 2018, following a 13-year tenure as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC.  A native of Clifton, NJ, Bob did his undergraduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; and he received a Masters of Divinity at the Washington Theological Union, Silver Spring, MD, where he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1974.  Prior to getting married in 1991, Bob was a member of the Franciscan Order for 25 years – a religious community started by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.


Bob’s ministry experiences include hospice chaplaincy in Georgia, an interfaith AIDS ministry in Atlanta, and a juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania.  He was received as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Atlanta in 1998.

Rt. Rev. Henry Nutt Parsley, Guest Speaker

June 30, 2019

Henry served as Bishop of Alabama from 1996-2012 and previously as Rector of Christ Church in Charlotte for a decade. He was Chancellor of the University of the South, Sewanee from 2003-2009 and recently served as Bishop Provisional on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for two years.


With deep roots in the Wilmington community, Henry and his wife Becky are enjoying their retirement on Masonboro Sound with fishing, copious reading, and traveling. Their married son works with the Broadway show Hamilton.

Rev. Dan Matthews, Guest Speaker

July 14, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Paul Matthews, rector emeritus of historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, was born in Chicago. During grammar school years, he moved to Western North Carolina where he graduated from high school in the small mill town of Canton. He spent the first 20 years of his ministry as a priest in parishes in Tennessee. 


Since 1972, the hallmark of Dr. Matthews' work has been concentrated in larger, inner city parishes.  This phase of his service began when he moved to St. John's in Knoxville, TN.  The work of the parish there focused on the broad needs of the city both within and without the church.   In 1980 he was called to St. Luke’s in downtown Atlanta with its mammoth homeless ministry and in 1987 he received a call to become rector of 300-year-old Trinity Church, Wall Street where he served for 17 years. 


On September 11, 2001, Dr. Matthews saw the second plane fly into the south tower of the World Trade Center from his Parish’s offices nearby, and he was forced to evacuate lower Manhattan with his staff and the children of the Parish pre-school. Trinity’s historic chapel, St. Paul’s – across the street from the World Trade Center – served as a 24-hour center of refuge and relief to the emergency workers for eight months after the attack. On March 3, 2006, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his leadership at this time.


In retirement, he currently serves at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City where he maintains an office. Mrs. Matthews has been an innkeeper during the summer seasons for the past 38 years at The Swag Mountain Top Inn, a hiking resort, on the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Waynesville, NC. The couple now divides their time between Deerfield Retirement Center in Asheville, NC and their apartment in NYC.

Rev. Jay Sidebotham, Guest Speaker

July 28, 2019

Rev. Jay Sidebotham serves as Associate Rector at St. James’ Wilmington, and also as Director of RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement. RenewalWorks works with Episcopal congregations to build cultures of discipleship and to focus single-mindedly on spiritual growth. Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1990, he has served churched in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Manhattan, Rhode Island and North Carolina. The smartest thing he ever did was to marry Frances Murchison whose family has lived in Wilmington for many years. Jay and Frances moved here in 2014 and greatly enjoy this beautiful part of the world.

Rev. Paul Johansson, Guest Speaker

August 11, 2019

Paul is a Lutheran Pastor and the son-in-law of Van and Kay Weatherspoon, long-time homeowners on the island. Paul and his wife Martha are blessed with two sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. Paul grew up in East Africa as part of a missionary family and has served as a Pastor in Charlotte, NC, Hartford, CT, St. Cloud, MN and Elk River, MN.

Rev. Steve Hein, Guest Speaker

August 18, 2019

Steve, a retired Presbyterian minister, returns to lead this week's service. He most recently served at St. Andrew’s-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.

Steve graduated from Pittsburgh theological seminary in 1975; served four churches in 40 years, last serving at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church for 18 years retiring at the end of 2015. He received an honorary D. D. From the University of Malawi, Africa in June 2014.H He recently started a foundation to fund schools, farming, wells and health ministries in Zomba Malawi. His wife is Katherine and they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. He enjoys fishing, and travel (especially with family).