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In 1960, the Norfolk Presbytery recognized a need for a church in the Great Bridge area and purchased six and one-half acres of land on the corner of Cedar Road and Briarfield Drive (across from the current Chesapeake City Hall) in anticipation of building a church on that site. Rev. Ira B. Watson,  Jr., began his work in 1962 and after two months of ministry had 35 in Sunday School and 48 in worship. The faithful met for two years in the Great Bridge Elementary School (now Great Bridge Primary School), and Great Bridge Presbyterian Church was formally organized on February 23, 1964.  The dream for a dedicated place of worship was recognized with the completion of a sanctuary in 1967.  Additional building projects included a preschool wing in the 1980’s and a new sanctuary completed in 1999.

In 2014, GBPC celebrated 50 years of ministry and mission, providing many opportunities for people to worship, grow and serve in our church, community, country and throughout the world.  Three long-term pastorates have provided stability for this ministry and mission. Rev. Conrad Crow succeeded Rev. Watson in 1982 and served GBPC for 14 years.  Rev. Ralph R. Herbert, the current senior pastor of GBPC, was called in 1996.

Ministries include a vibrant preschool that has educated the children of the community since 1972. Mid-week programs, Sunday School, retreats, Vacation Bible School and dedicated staff ensure that children and youth learn about the love of God and his promise of salvation.  Adults are encouraged to connect in a myriad of small group opportunities to study the word, share, pray and serve together. A dynamic music ministry encourages the use of musical gifts by providing vocal choirs for all ages, flutes, handbells, praise team, instrumental ensemble, sign language, and drama.

In 2001, a mission trip to Nicaragua ignited a passion for serving and telling others about Jesus in our community, country, and around the world.  We define mission broadly, and support ministries that teach literacy, house the homeless, provide clean water, resource the disadvantaged, help the broken-hearted, visit the imprisoned and seek to touch all we encounter with the love of Christ. We send mission teams each year to support the work of Vida Joven (Young Life) in Nicaragua and install clean water systems through Living Waters for the World.  We also send a team to a location in the United States in conjunction with the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, as well as having 1-2 annual youth mission trips to places such as Washington DC and the Eastern Shore.

  • Upcoming Events

    Jul
    26
    Wed
    7:30 pm Festival Worship Service @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Festival Worship Service @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Festival Worship Service @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church | Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    Virginia Wesleyan Sacred Music Conference Worship Service at GBPC “Light of the World, Shine on Us” Featuring the Wesleyan Worship Choir, under the direction of David Schwoebel, with Rev. Brandon Nichols, worship leader, and Dr. Matthew Russell, organist. (open[...]
    Aug
    13
    Sun
    6:30 pm Talent Night! @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Talent Night! @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Aug 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Talent Night! @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church | Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    Ice Cream Social in the Fellowship Hall Sign up to show us your talent! This fun night will feature highlights from our “Practice & Pizza” College Choir and the GBPC Dance Team, directed by our summer[...]
    Aug
    30
    Wed
    6:00 pm CPR/AED Training @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    CPR/AED Training @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    CPR/AED Training @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church | Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    Learn to save a life with Hands Only CPR/AED training!
    Sep
    19
    Tue
    2:00 pm Red Cross Blood Drive @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Red Cross Blood Drive @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Red Cross Blood Drive @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church | Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday September 19th, from 2pm to 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a great way to serve our community.  There is currently no substitute for donated blood[...]
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    333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 547-4706
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    (757) 549-4303
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