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Bethesda-by-the-Sea is an Episcopal Church by the Lake Worth Lagoon in Palm Beach, Florida.[1] It is the oldest house of worship in Palm Beach. The church consists of the main building featuring an example of the gothic revival style surrounding a courtyard.


Initially the church began in the Little Red Schoolhouse in January 1889. The initial church was built of mostly wood from lumber from the beach with service beginning in April that year. There was little access to the church aside from by boat. A larger new lot was sought in the following years with a rectory being built in 1890 and a second church built in the spring of 1895. The second church held its last service on Easter Sunday April 12, 1925.[2]

Second church

The church held the first service at its current location on Christmas Day 1926.

Donald and Melania Trump were married in the church on January 22, 2005.[3] Trump's youngest son, Barron, was christened at the church.[4] They have attended Christmas Eve and Easter Celebrations here in 2016, 2017, and 2019 after Trump's election as President of the United States.[5]

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto were married at the church on April 27, 2013.[6]


  1. ^ "Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal, Palm Beach, FL". The Episcopal Church. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  2. ^ Michele, Dargan (October 26, 2010). "Bethesda-by-the-Sea had modest beginning from one-room schoolhouse". Palm Beach Daily News. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. ^ Brown, Tina (January 27, 2005). "Donald Trump, Settling Down". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  4. ^ "NEW: The Palm Beach church where Trump attended Easter service". palmbeachpost. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  5. ^ MJ Lee: God and the Don. In:, June 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Sturrock, Staci (June 25, 2015). "Which 5 celebrities got married in Palm Beach (and Jupiter)?". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 19 April 2016.

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Coordinates: 26°42′40″N 80°02′13″W / 26.71111°N 80.03694°W / 26.71111; -80.03694