Expecting miracles, we commit ourselves to sharing God's love as we make disciples.
Our motto is – come as you are! We are excited that you are interested in attending our worship service. We are dedicated to ensuring that you and your family have a safe, fun, and meaningful experience when you come to worship. We provide a free childcare ministry staffed with competent, enthusiastic, loving, and screened workers to assist with infants through kindergarten. You may drop off preschool-aged children and younger before worship if you’d like. Older children may worship with you for the entire service or may be dismissed to Children’s Church prior to the sermon, which allows them to learn from our Student Minister, who teaches a similar concept as our Pastor, but with the little ones in mind.Service Times & Parking
We hope you’ll join us for our Sunday School Bible studies at 9:30 am, and then attend our 11:00 am worship service to see what we’re all about. Our 11:00 am service is our only Sunday service. Through diverse music and practical messages, the truths of the Bible are presented in a format that are easy to understand and practical to apply even if you’ve never been to church! Our 11:00 am service is a blended worship with a traditional choir and worship team leading the congregation in hymns, anthems, as well as praise and worship music. It truly is fun for the whole family, so we invite you to join us on Sunday.
Parking for the main entrance is on the north side of the building by the marquee, and it is free parking. Our staff members will be present in the Welcome Center following worship to meet guests and answer questions, so please stop by and say hi!
St. John’s Baptist church has historic roots in Virginia Beach, established over many centuries. Generations of congregations have worshipped and praised the Word of God over the years. From a small congregation of only 22 members to a large and thriving Baptist church today with tremendous community involvement, St. John’s has stood the test of time, endured struggles, experienced periods of growth, and continues to flourish at a rapid pace in the city of Virginia Beach.Read More
In 1853, the need was recognized for a church in the Courthouse area of Princess Anne County, and 22 members from London Bridge Baptist Church were tasked with creating a new congregation. Organized on October 16, 1853, they proceeded to construct a building which was completed in 1854. During the trying times of the Civil War, the church was almost dissolved.
However, in July of 1869, with the help of the Princess Anne Union, interest was revived. While these were difficult years, the church overcame many obstacles but eventually recovered. Throughout this time, St. John’s maintained a close relationship with London Bridge Baptist Church, the original church. From 1890-1943, the pastors of London Bridge, Oak Grove, Creeds and Centerville churches shared preaching responsibilities and helped keep the church alive.
In 1943, under the leadership of Dr. Walter Meade, morning worship, Sunday school, and evening worship were held on a regular basis. The church grew at a steady but slow pace throughout the ensuing years as different pastors filled the pulpit and ministered to the congregation. Two additional structures were added in the 1950s: the south wing in 1952 and the north wing in 1956. The first phase of the educational building was constructed in 1968.
In 1973, the church called Rev. Dorsel Moyers as its Pastor. Under his leadership, many new programs were implemented, and the church flourished. The surrounding area began to change, as the old Princess Anne County became the new City of Virginia Beach. New housing sub-divisions were constructed, shopping centers were added, and community leaders created businesses and roads. With the bustling new economy, more people began filtering into the Princess Anne area, and soon Holland Road became a major growth corridor for the city. Upon Rev. Moyer’s retirement, the church, led by Rev. Hank Brooks, continued to prosper and grow.
By 1995, two acres behind the church were purchased and the ground cleared for the construction of an addition to the education building. A master plan was adopted and approved by the city, and plans were developed for a future sanctuary. In 1999, St. John’s Baptist Church was recognized as the “Church of the Year” by the Norfolk Baptist Association.
In 2003, the church celebrated its 150th anniversary, and the sanctuary was placed on the Virginia Beach Registry of Historic Buildings. As growth continued, the church began to prepare for a new sanctuary building. New Pastor Dr. James R. (Bob) Pipkin and his family were welcomed to the church. A groundbreaking service was held in September of 2008, and construction began. On October 4, 2009, the church dedicated its new sanctuary building, housing a worship center, parlor, library, administrative area, and welcome center.
After serving the church for five years, Pastor Bob Pipkin resigned, and the church called Dr. W. Chreston Holoman as Interim Pastor. An experienced leader, Dr. Holoman provided guidance and ministry for the congregation of St. John’s. On October 5, 2014, Pastor Chuck Haley was welcomed. As the pastor, he brought vitality to the church as it sought to serve the needs of a growing community together.
Rev. Haley resigned in early March 2017, and the pulpit was filled for a short period of time by various qualified men of the church. In early July 2017, Rev. Charlie Brown was called to be Interim Pastor at St. John’s, where he currently serves as the Pastor.
St. John’s continues to be active in the work of the denomination through the associational Bridge Network of Churches, the Virginia Baptist General Association, and the Southern Baptist Convention. Not only is it a strong supporter of local missions, it also supports those of state, national, and international stature. It continues to be a place of ministry and service to the surrounding community, the state, and the world, with an appreciation of its heritage and anticipation of its future.