What's in a name?  Let's take a closer look....

"Ocean View" means that we are a local church serving the Ocean View area.  In 1960, a missionary was sent to Norfolk to work with military personnel.  In 1963, our church was formed with Rev. John C. Rickers serving as our first pastor.  Dan Mulder, after serving for eight years as the director of the servicemen's center, became our pastor in 1996 and served until June 19, 2005.  In September 2005, Rev. Gary Roest, who accepted a call from our congregation and served as our pastor until October 2015. Our current pastor, Rev. Petr Kornilov came October, 2015 and was installed as our minister on November 1, 2015.  Many of our members still live in Ocean View, and our mission has not changed: we remain committed to serving both this locality and area servicemen.

We are "Christian" because we believe that God the Father loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us. We are followers of His Son Jesus Christ who has taken the penalty of our sins away by His death on the cross.  Because He has created us and also died for us, we serve Him as our Lord.  We believe that He rose from the dead on the third day and that He went into heaven.  We believe that He will come again to judge us.  We also believe in the Holy Spirit, and without His working in our lives and converting us, no man, woman, or child can be saved.

We are "Reformed" because we believe the truths of the Reformation.  We must constantly examine our lives and reform them to God's holy standards.  We are Calvinists, who proclaim that Jesus Christ, God, is Lord of all areas of our lives.  As with the Reformers of ages past, we believe in salvation by "Faith Alone." We cannot earn our way to heaven.  We also believe in "Grace Alone." It is only through God's Riches At Christ's Expense (G-R-A-C-E) that we can live.  Finally we agree with "Scripture Alone." Scripture takes precedence over what men, both past and present, say.  The Bible is God's Word to us.  It is true and without mistake.

"Church" means that we are a body of believers united together to publicly worship God and to help each other as God's chosen children.  We are not ashamed of Jesus Christ.  We are not a cult, but have held the same beliefs for the last thousand years.

The symbol of the Christian Reformed Church is a cross superimposed upon a triangle.  The triangle represents the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit).  The center cross illustrates our risen Lord, who now sits at His Father's right hand in heaven.

CRC symbol

We hope you will explore our site further, and that after you do, you will want to visit us in person.  To find out how to get to us, click on Find us here or on the menu.  And may God bless you.

General questions:  info@OceanViewCRC.org
Meeting Times