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Our Story

We hope you will find Westminster to be a place where God is exalted and where you can be renewed in his image. When you enter our doors we want you to feel welcomed and excited to be in the house of the Lord.

Our Vision and Mission

Vision

We are a community called to image Jesus Christ in his renewing of all things.

At creation, God made the first human beings in his image so that they would worship him, govern wisely, and extend his presence in the world. The intrusion of sin has sabotaged this plan, but God in his grace sent Jesus to restore us in his image so that we might be his agents of renewal in all things and in all places.

Mission

We image Jesus Christ in this renewal by worshipping God, developing followers of Jesus, cultivating community, engaging in evangelism, transforming culture, and caring for creation.

It's hard to unpack what all of this means on a website. Come visit us and see for yourself what God is doing in and through Westminster Church.

Values

Our values are the guiding principles that help us stay focused on what's most important. We have seven core values:

 

  • Explicitly God-centered
  • Biblically grounded
  • Dignity of humanity
  • Holistically missional
  • Transformational discipleship
  • Intentionally relational
  • Reformed minded

 

God's Story

We believe that the God of the Bible is the God of all creation and that he is on a mission to bring about a glorious kingdom here on earth through the power of Jesus the Messiah who died for our sins and who was raised back to life by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that he is accomplishing that mission through his body, the Church and that one day Jesus will return to complete this new creation.

What makes a church Presbyterian?

We are a part of the Presbyterian Church in America. As such, we hold to the system of teachings found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. While we do not think these documents are perfect, we do believe that they provide a good framework for understanding the Bible.

What does "Reformed" mean?

One of the questions we are sometimes asked is, “What does 'Reformed' mean in the name Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church?” It’s a good question and not easy to summarize in a few paragraphs. The word comes to us out of the 16th-century era known as the Reformation, in which certain Christian leaders sought to reform the church. Their emphases can be summarized under the categories of creation and salvation.

CREATION

God created the world in order to express his goodness and spread his rule. Everything that was made was pronounced good, including people and trees and animals and fish and plants and dirt. All of it not only tells us something about God, it also tells us something about why humankind was made: to extend God's gracious and loving rule on the earth.

SALVATION

But evil, sinful powers entered God’s good creation and severely distorted his good world. So he has been on a mission ever since to restore what he made; to save both people and nature. Sin and its effects are so strong and resistant that it requires God’s initiative and power to accomplish this rescuing. This restoration project culminated in the sending of God’s Son, Jesus the Messiah. By his death and resurrection, God has defeated the sin that has distorted his world and set in motion a new power of life that will one day completely reestablish his goodness and rule in creation. It is the church’s mission both to embody and implement this salvation today.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Every year we offer a class called "What Is Reformed?" In that class, we touch on some other specific aspects of Reformed thought and theology. We'd love for you to join us!

 

FAQs about Westminster

WHAT MAKES A CHURCH PRESBYTERIAN?

We are a part of the Presbyterian Church in America. As such, we hold to the system of teachings found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. While we do not think these documents are perfect, we do believe that they provide a good framework for understanding the Bible.

WHAT DOES ‘REFORMED’ MEAN?

It’s a good question and deserves a thoughtful answer. The word actually grew out of the 16th-century era known as the Reformation, in which certain Christian leaders sought to reform the church. It can be summarized like this: Reformed refers to a God-centered way of thinking about the world that culminates in Jesus Christ.

  • First of all, it emphasizes a God-centered way of looking at life. God is seen as central and foremost in all of life. We exist to glorify God and enjoy him forever. By his grace, he has chosen a people out of the world to be his and to be like him.
  • Second, Reformed people seek to study God’s word, the Bible, and live according to its precepts. The scriptures are held in high regard and are the basis for a life that pleases God, both in the church and in the world.
  • Third, we seek to develop a world and life view that embraces all aspects of our existence. Everything we do, from our vocation to our schools, to our worship, is meant to honor God. There is no divide between the secular and sacred. All of life is God’s.
  • Finally, we believe that the coming of Jesus Christ is the culmination of all of history. All that God has planned for his people and this world finds its fulfillment in Christ. Personal salvation and creation renewal are only possible because of the life, death, resurrection, exaltation and coming again of Jesus.

Westminster Church is located in the heart of Suffolk, Virginia. We hope to be an indispensable part of our community as we worship together, grow together, and serve God by serving his world.