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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

    Nov
    19
    Sun
    all-day Help Needed with CAST
    Help Needed with CAST
    Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day
    Help Needed with CAST
    Sign up to help with the Chesapeake Area Shelter Team (CAST). CAST will be hosted at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church from Wednesday 12/28/17 to Wednesday 1/3/18. For this mission, Great Bridge Presbyterian will provide food[...]
    Dec
    2
    Sat
    10:00 pm Advent Wreath Workshop
    Advent Wreath Workshop
    Dec 2 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Advent Wreath Workshop
    December 2nd @ 10 am. The Advent Wreath is an important symbol of Advent and a constant reminder of the holy season. Celebrating with an Advent wreath during the weeks prior to Christmas is a[...]
    Dec
    3
    Sun
    6:30 pm Service of Remembrance @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Service of Remembrance @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Dec 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Service of Remembrance @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church | Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    Join us for this special service where we remember those we love who have passed.
    Dec
    10
    Sun
    8:15 am Men’s Retreat Registration
    Men’s Retreat Registration
    Dec 10 @ 8:15 am – 12:00 pm
    Men's Retreat Registration
    Men’s Retreat:  January 26th-28th, 2018 For men ages 14 and up. Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk Guest Speaker: Pastor Nate Griffin Pastor Nate currently serves as Pastor and Founder of  a new, dynamic, Christ-centered ministry[...]
    Dec
    16
    Sat
    8:30 am Jingle Jog 5K @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Jingle Jog 5K @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Dec 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
    Jingle Jog 5K @ Great Bridge Presbyterian Church | Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    Run with competitive athletes or walk for the fun of it! Adults and children and all ability levels are welcome to participate.  Participants will receive:· Jingle Jog T-shirts (optional), breakfast, professionally timed race, children through adult[...]
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    333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 547-4706
    Preschool
    (757) 549-4303
    Great Bridge Presbyterian Church © 2016 - website design by Biz Tools One