Clothing Optional at White Tail Chapel, Virginia Nudist Church
A church in southeastern Virginia is encouraging worshippers to come as they are, even if they aren’t wearing any clothes.
“Some of the biggest moments in Jesus’ life he was naked,” Allen Parker, pastor of White Tail Chapel in Ivor, 40 miles (64 km) west of Norfolk, told WVEC. “When he was born he was naked, when he was crucified he was naked, and when he arose he left his clothes in the tomb and he was naked.”
Parker added: “If God made us that way, how can that be wrong?”
White Tail Chapel is located on the grounds of the White Tail Resort, which describes itself as a “family nudist community” that has been open since 1984. More than 10,000 people visited the resort last year, a 12 percent increase from 2012.
“Obviously, we’re doing something people like,” resort office manager Michael Dougherty told WVEC.
According to the station, “Visitors say being a nudist is about being free from societal judgments. They say it’s a stress-free environment where everyone is equal and there’s no pressure to be anything other than who you really are.”
Pastor Parker agrees.
“I consider this a gift and a privilege God has given me,” he said. “They’re caring, they’re understanding and they’re community and family oriented. We have one of the most involved chapels anyplace around. I’ll put our church up against others around.”
Katie and Robert Church got married at White Tail Chapel.
“Once we were married, and we were here, this whole place became our family,” Katie told WWBT. “I feel like I can turn to anyone in this church, or even in this park, and they will be there to help me.”