A Note From Our President, Wendy Lake

As I write this, my first Note From Our President, it’s a beautiful Spring day in Carthage, Missouri.  Outside my office window, trees are budding, birds are chirping, and a child’s laughter catches my ear.  Then, in an instant, all the beautiful serenity of this Spring day is shattered with the ringing of my office phone and chiming of my computer and cell phone. 

In this age of technology and seemingly constant communication, it is easy to lose focus and get lost in the hustle and bustle of life. 

A long time guest recently told me the Precious Moments Chapel is her “happy place”.   Another said it was her “place of respite”.   Now having the privilege of working on-site, I am quickly understanding those ladies’ opinions, and see how the serenity and beautiful natural surroundings made it an easy decision for Mr. Butcher to choose this location to build his Chapel. 

For me, it takes only a walk from the Visitor Center to the Chapel to calm my nerves, reset my mind, and re-evaluate my priorities.  For others, it’s opening that heavy, carved wooden door, stepping inside the Chapel and marveling in awe at the incredible works of art that wait within. 

The Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens is a place of quiet beauty. It’s a place of inspiration.   It’s a place to disconnect from ringing phones, chiming computers, and other distractions and feel the peace. 

I’m going to take my own advice and enjoy a walk of the Chapel grounds.   What a privilege it is to work in an area of such tranquility and inspiration!  What a privilege it is to work for the Precious Moments Foundation – an organization that brings such peace and inspiration to so many.  

Wendy Lake
President, Precious Moments Foundation


Welcome to the Precious Moments Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an emphasis in the arts. We are dedicated to keeping the Precious Moments Chapel free of charge for all visitors to enjoy the art and inspiration of Precious Moments Founding Artist, Samuel J. Butcher.

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