Our Story

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

    Jun
    5
    Wed
    6:00 pm Summer Turbo Life Groups
    Summer Turbo Life Groups
    Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Summer Turbo Life Groups
    Four-Week Summer Small Group Experiences! Three great options on Wednesday Nights! 6:30 pm—7:45 pm Gilligan’s Island: This series is designed to offer practical help from several experts about how to live a more ordered life. [...]
    Jun
    11
    Tue
    6:00 pm Women’s Celebration Dinner
    Women’s Celebration Dinner
    Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Women's Celebration Dinner
    Presbyterian Women will celebrate the women of the church and honor this year’s scholarship winner. Also,  two ladies will receive the Presbyterian Women’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  All women of the church are invited.  Cost is[...]
    Jun
    17
    Mon
    all-day Golf Tournament
    Golf Tournament
    Jun 17 all-day
    Golf Tournament @ Greenbriar Country Club
    Come and join us for a fun-filled day of golf, food and fellowship to support our mission team to the Vida Joven camp in Nicaragua.  The team of 30 volunteers will travel on July 27-August[...]
    Jun
    23
    Sun
    4:00 pm Candlelight Concert
    Candlelight Concert
    Jun 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Candlelight Concert @ Chesapeake | Virginia | United States
    “Soli Deo Gloria” Tour to Italy Bon Voyage Concert Featuring the choirs of Great Bridge Presbyterian Church,   Royster Presbyterian Church, & instrumentalists Billye Brown Youmans, Director  
    Jul
    7
    Sun
    12:00 pm Welcome Reception for the Nieto ...
    Welcome Reception for the Nieto ...
    Jul 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Welcome Reception for the Nieto Family
    Join us as we meet and greet our new Pastors, Revs. Mike & Kelly Nieto, along with their two sons on Sunday, July 7th.  Details will be announced soon. Save the date!  Learn more about the[...]
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