Mark Johnson (above) and Kyle
Sullivan (opposite), both pastors and
surfers, speak at Wrightsville Beach
Surf Church, just north of Crystal Pier,
on May 30.
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by people just wanting to share their
testimony. Her 21-year-old son, Gibbs
Kramer, was a recent speaker.
“You just walk up in your wetsuit
and you’re good to go,” says Kramer.
“There’s a certain charm to that.”
Meeting outside at the height of
the pandemic when many church
services were canceled was also a
Area businesses including
Sweetwater Surf Shop and Donut Inn
have stepped up to help by provid-ing
supplies or weekly coffee and
doughnuts free or at discounted
prices. The group met at Jerry Allen’s
Sports Bar & Grill during the winter
season for their “Inside Edition” Surf
The message has resonated so
well that a new Carolina Beach Surf
Church began in May.
“It’s just a cool and easy environ-ment
to go into,” Rutherford says.
“It’s real, authentic and relatable. And
you don’t exactly have to pull some-one
by the leg when you say ‘Hey,
come worship at the beach.’”