Pastors Robbie & Lynn Jones
lead pastors
Parkway Christian Center has been under the leadership of Pastors Robbie and Lynn Jones since 2003 and is looking forward to the promises of God for our church and our community. We celebrate that we have had the privilege to serve and minister in the Tidewater area for over 75 years.
Standing from left to right: Holly Flood, Joseph Stallings, III, Kryshana Felders, Jesse Wood, Ben Green, Lynn Jones, Robbie Jones, Javonte Knight, William Etheridge, II, Alyssa Etheridge, Jon Schmidt, Vermonica Smith, Becky Hudson.
IMPACT CHURCH has a long and rich history that should be celebrated as a foundation to the vision that we are actively pursuing today. The history of our church provides an understanding of God’s faithfulness and dedication of people who were willing to take risks so that many generations would come to realize the importance of living out the Gospel.

In January of 2020, IMPACT CHURCH celebrated 88 years of ministry in the Hampton Roads region. It all began with nine women who had a passion to see a “Spirit-filled” congregation come to life that would influence their community and the world. This pioneering spirit has existed since the very beginning and continues to be a driving force for us today.

The early days of the church saw the congregation move to several different locations around Norfolk including hosting services in a tent, a rented chapel on East 27th Street, and the upstairs of Tatum’s Drug Store on Brambleton Avenue. The Reverend O.E. Sproul was a traveling evangelist that was very instrumental in the early growth of the church, but the first listed pastor was the Reverend J.A. Synan in 1932, who later became the Bishop of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

The first permanent facility was built under the leadership of Pastor L.B. Edge in 1937 on Lens Avenue in the Fairmont Park section of Norfolk. This facility served the church for the next 23 years, when the new pastor, Herbert Spence felt the need to build a larger facility on the corner of Chesapeake Boulevard and Shoop Avenue. The congregation moved into the larger facility on Christmas Sunday in 1960.

E.L. Trueblood became the lead pastor of the church in September of 1961 and led the congregation to an unparallel season of growth and influence for the next 41 years. It was under Pastor Trueblood’s leadership that the church decided to move to Volvo Parkway in Chesapeake, Virginia. This move to a growing and changing community was significant to the life and vision of the church that became Parkway Temple.

Our current pastor, Robbie Jones, became the lead pastor in July 2003. During the past eighteen years the church has continued to focus on being multi-generational while creating one of the most multi-ethnic faith communities in Hampton Roads. In 2018, Parkway started its second campus on Twin Pines Road in Portsmouth, Virginia with an emphasis of racial reconciliation.

2018 saw our ministry expand again by planting a house church in Colonial Heights, Virginia under the leadership of Rick and Sunshine Hackett.

In 2019, the congregation sold its property on Volvo Parkway and is planning to relocate the Chesapeake Campus with a new facility on Innovation Drive. It has been during this season that the church decided to change its name to IMPACT CHURCH. The new facility should be ready by Christmas of 2021.
IMPACT CHURCH believes that we have been created to worship. True worship invites us to enter into God’s presence which frees us from self to discover His magnificence. I Chronicles 16:29

IMPACT CHURCH embraces discipleship
as the method that Jesus commanded to use in reaching the world with the Gospel. It is the responsibility of each follower of Jesus to make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20

IMPACT CHURCH celebrates the different cultures, talents, and gifts that God has created throughout the world. This is what makes our faith community unique. Revelation 7:9

IMPACT CHURCH enjoys coming together to laugh and celebrate life’s achievements, while offering support during those difficult moments. Romans 12:5

IMPACT CHURCH considers the family to be an essential component in God’s Kingdom.
We strive to preserve and protect the family no matter the uniqueness because it has been God’s plan from the beginning. Genesis 1:29
IMPACT CHURCH has beliefs that are unchangeable and undeniable. Truths that flavor our worship gatherings, opportunities of service, and our daily lives.

1. We believe the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, an infallible revelation from God to man. II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21

2. We believe that there is only one true and eternal God revealed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10-11, Matthew 28:19.

3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death on the cross to save us from our sin nature, resurrection from the dead, and ascension back to God the Father. Matthew 1:21-23, John 1:1-2, John 3:16, Acts 1:2-3.

4. We believe in the sinful nature of all mankind and the need of salvation. Salvation is only available through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, believing and receiving Him as Savior. Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-7.

5. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit that enables believers to live a holy life, a lifestyle that is dedicated to God, which begins as an act of faith and continues throughout the life of a believer. Galatians 5:22-23, I Thessalonians 4:3-5, II Peter 3:18.

6. We believe in the experience with the Holy Spirit which is promised to all believers subsequent to salvation as the entrance to a spiritual realm that includes one’s prayer language (tongues), the manifestation and ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the power to be a witness and anointed servant of God. Joel 2:28-29, Luke 3:26, Acts 2:4-5, Romans 12:6-8, I Corinthians 12:4-11.

7. We believe that the finished work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the body. Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, I Peter 2:24, James 5:14-15.

8. We believe in two important teachings and actions of Jesus: Water Baptism and Communion. Water Baptism symbolizes the spiritual cleansing of an individual as an act of identifying with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Romans 6:1-11 Communion is observed to acknowledge and remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his command to all disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19-20

9. We believe in the personal, imminent return of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:16-18.

10. We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-20.
Mailing Address:
Impact Church
732 Eden Way North
#552, Suite E
Chesapeake, VA 23320
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