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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

    6:30 pm VBS
    Jul 16 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 19 @ 8:30 pm
    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS COMING AND YOU ARE INVITED TO GO ON A JOURNEY OFF THE MAP!    Join us Sunday, July 15th-19th from 6:15-8:00 p.m. for our preschoolers ages 3 and up.  And 6:30-8:30 pm for our rising  K-8th graders.  During[...]
    9:30 am Special Worship
    Special Worship
    Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Special Worship @ Hellertown | Pennsylvania | United States
    9:30 am & 11 am worship services (no 8:15 am) Join us as the kids sing their favorite VBS songs! We’ll share highlights, see the drama and hear Pastor Ralph preach about Paul & Silas’[...]
    10:30 am Picnic
    Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Picnic @ Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    VBS Picnic There will be a picnic following each worship service.  We’ll have tables and chairs, but bring your own lawn chair if you have one.   Games for the kids!  
    12:00 pm Senior Adult Luncheon
    Senior Adult Luncheon
    Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Senior Adult Luncheon
    Join the Seasoned Saints in the East End Lounge. This year’s speakers: July 27 – Joe Mathews, the steel industry and Africa August 24- Emory Dixon, Gemstones in the Bible, with his collection. September 28[...]
    6:45 pm Tides Game @ Harbor Park
    Tides Game @ Harbor Park
    Jul 27 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    Tides Game @ Harbor Park | Norfolk | Virginia | United States
    Senior adults will take a bus ride to the Tides’ Baseball game in the evening.  Game starts at 7 pm. We leave on church at 5:30 pm. Call Judi Morgan at 410-1696 or email at[...]
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    (757) 547-4706
    (757) 549-4303
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    333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 547-4706
    (757) 549-4303
    Great Bridge Presbyterian Church © 2016 - website design by Biz Tools One