Wightman Chapel

large chapel with wooden pews and organ

Wightman Chapel

Built in 1928, this beautiful place of worship is named in honor of Mrs. Maria Davies Wightman, President of the Women’s Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, from 1894 to 1908. These were crucial years in the struggle for women’s rights in the church and across the nation, and Maria Davies Wightman was a pioneer in that struggle. She advocated for the training of women as missionaries for the denomination.

Built in classic gothic cathedral style, Wightman Chapel is a historical and architectural treasure. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in Wightman Chapel on April 25, 1957. The Chapel was also featured in the PBS television production, “Designed for Worship”, as one of the finest sacred places in Nashville. Built for acoustics, music soars through its Gothic arches from the organ, vocalists, and instrumental groups in concerts.

Seating Capacity: 300   |   Aisle Length: 80 feet

Private Rental Inquiries

Weddings, Funerals, and Worship Services
For weddings, funerals, or other worship services, please contact our Weddings & Special Events team.

Conferences & Events

For use of  Wightman Chapel during retreats, conferences or other events, please contact our Conference & Event Sales team at sales@scarrittbennett.org.

Film Shoots

Wightman Chapel is available for filming on select weekdays only. Live flame, food, and drink are not permitted in the space at any time (eucharist excepted). Scarritt Bennett Center is a tobacco, alcohol, and weapon-free campus.

Price for filming:
$1200 for 10 hours in the space

To check availability for filming in Wightman, contact sales@scarrittbennett.org.