ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Our church building is conveniently located at 4136 Holland Road
in Virginia Beach, about 2 miles south of Town Center. Because of our location, we love to worship with those on a getaway and meet people from different places. We invite you to join us as we draw closer to God together.
MANY CULTURES, ONE GOD
Our church family consists of a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. As a part of the 18 million member world wide family of Seventh-day Adventist believers, we have attendees from places such as North, Central, and South America, China, India, Korea, the Philippines, Syria, and the West Indies. Though diverse in heritage, we unite under the God we worship and serve.
THE LIGHTHOUSE OF THE ATLANTIC SHORE
We strive to be that “city set on a hill” Jesus talked about in Matthew 5:14. We desire to “let [our] light shine before others…” (Matt. 5:16), showing them to “…the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Realizing that we live in a world that needs to know about Jesus, our goal is to show people the way to a personal God who loves them, cares for them, and calls them His own. Read more about that God in this article entitled "My Whole Life
WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect to be greeted at the door by our spiffily dressed (and sometimes goofy
) greeters. If you show up at 9:30am, you can join us for a group praise time and devotional. At 10am, we separate for group Bible study (we call it Sabbath School). If you have children with you, we have classes for them to. Just ask one of the greeters which class you should send them to. As far as attire goes, you will see a wide variety of styles. From formal to quite casual, we care about you, not what you're wearing. We hope that you will feel the warmth and friendship of our congregation.
You will likely see some of our children and youth up on the platform–we are proud to involve our younger generations
. You may also notice the variety of ethic backgrounds of our members. We are a multicultural church and welcome individuals of many different nationalities. See the above list
of some of the different cultures represented in our church.
Our service is attended by 80-100 individuals per week and features a fairly traditional service, regularly including a variety of worship styles. When the service ends, typically around 12:15, we invite you to join us for one of our international lunches where you can go around the world in one meal.
What will you be doing this Saturday morning? We hope that you will be spending it with us at the Virginia Beach Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Pastor Ely V. Magtanong
Pastor Ely Magtanong has been in pastoral ministry since 1984. His pastoral work has encompassed leadership positions in the Philippines, Canada, and the United States. Additionally Pastor Ely has worked in education ministry and in a hospice ministry as the chaplain. Pastor Ely has served as the pastor of the Virginia Beach Seventh-day Adventist Church since July 2012. He holds a graduate degree in Pastoral Studies and is currently pursing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Regent University. Pastor Ely and his wife Amy, a Nurse Practitioner by training, have four children.
ABOUT SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura–the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.
The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to call all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, to proclaim the everlasting gospel embraced by the three angels’ messages (Revelation 14:6-12), and to prepare the world for Christ’s soon return. More >>
What Seventh-day Adventists Believe
As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways: More >>
Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. More >>