Boat-In Worship on Lake Wawasee
This summer’s worship service on the lake has grown to where there are around 1000 people that attend on Sunday from 8:30 – 9:00. Memorial Day through Labor Day (15 Sundays). Each Sunday, a music group sings, and a local pastor has a 10-minute sermon. The service is heard from a sound system of the Lilly Pad Boat. There are three ways to attend:
- Ride the Lilly Pad Boat for free.
- Bring a chair and sit on the shore at the Oakwood Inn and Resort.
- Bring your boat and anchor around the Lilly Pad.
Harlan Steffen grew up in Kidron, Ohio. He went to school at Eastern Mennonite and was called to the ministry at age 22. He pastored his home church in Sonnenburg, Ohio, attended Asbury Theological Seminary, and graduated from Goshen Biblical Seminary. He became pastor at the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel in 1956 and is still an associate there. Harlan helped begin the Boat-in Worship in 1969 on Lake Wawasee. He also formed Steffen Realty in Syracuse and has been involved in real estate for 56 years. He’s married to Evelyn Steffen, and they have four children and ten grandchildren.