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(RNS) Tyler Watts, an economics professor at Ball State University, said it probably took him about 12 hours spread over three days to complete the chapel, complete with a cross carved out of snow.

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


  1. Neat little structure. Reminds me of an art/architecture exercise led by a Fargo woman (Marjorie Schlosman???). They called the small structures of various materials chaplets.

  2. I taught him everything he knows. I wasn’t surprised to find that he used a level to build an igloo, because one of his nicknames is “Triple-Check.” I do wonder, though: did he get a permit like he did for that house in Pueblo?

  3. Tyler there is so much talent in our family. I was amazed you did this and I think you should come to Colorado and build another Chapel for us to enjoy. Great job, we loved it as I am sure many others are.