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OUR BEGINNINGS


Nine months after retiring in 2002, Warren Milanowski, “Ski”, a retired airline employee, attended Workplace Ministry Training at Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel (FCAP) headquarters in Fayetteville, Georgia.

One year later, Ski returned to Fayetteville to inquire about the possibility of becoming a Field Staff representative with FCAP serving as chaplain at the airport. After six months, Ski officially achieved Field Staff status, started raising support to open the chapel, and began efforts to bring airport personnel together for prayer and/or bible study. During this time the necessity for the chapel was further confirmed as meeting space was limited.  The airport work environment made it difficult for long term commitments as work schedules changed frequently.  Over the next four years, Ski talked with many friends, pastors, ministry leaders about the prospect of opening an airport chapel and received a very positive response. On August 1, 2007, the chapel was opened.

Since the ministry began many years ago, Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel has faithfully encouraged and prayed for us in Boise. At various times, Ski has been assisted by dedicated volunteers. More recently, he has been joined by another chaplain, Doug Human. Additional volunteers have come on board and additional staff are being considered. Since the beginning, we have been blessed by the many opportunities God has provided to build relationships and trust among employees.  This has led to more occasions to pray with and for them as well as the traveling public. FCAP training has also been a focus of the ministry.

We in Boise have been blessed by an Airport Administration that has been supportive of the ministry. We enjoy making the time to interact with many people holding different faith backgrounds and openly sharing and always ready to “give a defense” for our faith, with “gentleness and reverence” 1 Peter 3:15.




Comments From Chapel Visitors and Employees


“Your chapel is delightfully equipped. Thanks.”

“The right place at the right time.”

“Peaceful spot in a busy place. God bless.”

“Beautifully relaxing and peaceful. Thank you.”

“Thank you for providing this peaceful place. What a blessing to those who need a place of rest.”

“Thank you for a peaceful place to pray and think-This was much needed.”

“Every time I come to Boise, I come to this chapel to grieve and celebrate. I’m so grateful for your prayers. You have gotten me through so much,”

“The music is calming. Thank you.”

“I’m not a big believer but it’s nice there’s a chapel here.  P.S. I did take a New Testament.”

“I think your chapel may have saved me. Thank you. I love Boise, Idaho!”

“Such a delightful respite; the verse on the wall, the music, the photos, wonderful.”

“Thank you for the beauty and peaceful feeling in this place. Surely it is Holy ground.”

“Thank you dear brother for your loving kindness to me and my family.”

“…Your guidance, unending support and friendship mean more than you know.”

“Thanks for all you do not only for me but for the BOI airport community as well.”

“I’m always thrilled to hear of new ministries in the public sector.”

“We all appreciated so much your attendance at [name omitted] memorial.  Your encouragement, comments, and support have helped us through this very difficult time.”

“Merry Christmas! Thank you for your help during the government shutdown.  Your card blessed us and we appreciated your words.”