United Methodist Church was organized September 7, 1952, with 87 charter members meeting at the
Kempsville Community House. The Rev. Douglas Newman, pastor of Oak Grove
Methodist, was the founding pastor. In Oct. 1952, the congregation
moved into Kempsville High School. The
first worship service in the new sanctuary was on October 10, 1954. A
parsonage was built next to the Church. There were 333 members.
By 1955, with a membership over 400, the first addition (office and scout
room) was built. A second addition was built during the pastorate of
Rev. Roach (1955 - 1960) and we had our first acolytes and the Men's
Fellowship began. Our third pastor, Rev. Moseley (1960 - 1962) saw to
it that the property located on Alton Road was purchased. Community Methodist went to two Sunday morning worship
services during the pastorate of Rev. Kibler when our membership rose to
1,148. After having four different Pastors serve Community during the
eighteen months from January 1967 to June 1968, the Rev. Abe Moyer was
appointed. We built our current parsonage. Rev. Rose came to our
church in 1974 and his strong guidance brought stability back to
Community. We paid our debt off in full and restarted the United Methodist Men.
present sanctuary was completed in 1984 under the pastorate of Rev. Logan,
and we went back to two Sunday morning worship services. In
1989, during the pastorate of Rev. Morgan, the two-story educational
unit was built and membership reached 1,600 in 1991. Community continued to see
growth throughout the 1990's. In the early 2000's, brought many new changes and
challenges for Community. In 2001, we launched a contemporary worship service
on Sunday mornings. During the same period, It became necessary to expand our
facilities once again and the new office wing and social hall were dedicated in
2002. Shortly there after, our congregation began to see a decline in worship
attendance that unfortunately became a trend that lasted for more than 10
2020 & Onward
The Christian story is one of resurrection and new life, and we have experienced God at work in so many ways among us.
It is a new day at Community and worship attendance and number of persons
engaging in ministry are growing. Even during the pandemic, our ministries in the community and fellowship in small groups have remained as active as ever. Our
story continues onward and we are excited about the things God is doing among
us. We hope that you will be a part of it too!