Local Missions

Back to God Ministries International
Mission Statement: to use God’s story to reframe lives all around the world, using media to share the Gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church.

Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) is the media ministry of our denomination. It began back in 1939 as a radio program called The Back to God Hour. The ministry not only produces radio programs, but also television broadcasts, The Today devotional booklets, smartphone apps, and Internet websites. Content is produced in 10 languages. One of the notable English radio programs is Kids Corner, the half-hour episodes of child-friendly drama. The program teaches God’s truth in a fun way. There are a half-dozen English websites including Family Fire (a resource about families, dating, marriage, parenting and more, run by pastors and counselors), Think Christian (an online magazine that thoughtfully analyzes contemporary culture from a Christian viewpoint). Resources and programs from Back to God Ministries spread the message of salvation to many corners around the globe. It is one of the most far-reaching ministries of our denomination.

Our Value: We believe that it is critical for us to support innovative ways to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to every corner of the earth.

Bethany Christian Services
Mission Statement: Our mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services.
In the hope that we will bring glory to God in everything we do.

Since 1944, Bethany Christian Services has been reaching out to children who are alone or vulnerable. Globally, Bethany is known as a worldwide and community leader in adoption and family services.
Bethany is the nation’s largest adoption and family services agency, offering a wide range of services such as adoption, foster care, refugee assistance, counseling, adoption preparation, support groups, infertility ministry, and a crisis pregnancy hotline.
The Virginia Beach branch specializes in foster care, infant and international adoptions as well as pre- and post-pregnancy support for mothers and newborns. Bethany counselors can be reached (757)499-9367 or 1-800-BETHANY (24-hour hotline).

Our Value: We believe God deeply cares for vulnerable children. Scripture tells us that our Heavenly Father accepts “looking after orphans in their distress” as a “pure and faultless” religion (James 1:27). This is why we are passionate about ministries that share God’s heart for foster care, orphan care, and adoption.

Local Christian Schools
Summit Christian Academy, Mission Statement: to partner with parents to educate and disciple young men and women through a Christian and classical education.
Ocean View Christian Academy, Mission Statement: To equip students spiritually, intellectually, and physically to love God, love people, and make disciples.
Classical Conversations, Purpose Statement: to lead the home-centered education movement by teaching parents and students the classical tools of learning in order to discover God’s created order and beauty, and as a result, enable others to do the same.

As a congregation, we support Christian day-school education and homeschooling by having a special collection toward defraying student tuition at local Christian schools. Currently the two schools we support are: Summit Christian Academy (Yorktown, est. 1996) accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges Schools (SACS) and Ocean View Christian Academy (Norfolk, est. 1994) accredited by Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS). We also support the homeschooling community called Classical Conversations of Norfolk which meets at Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Our Value: As a covenantal community, we are committed to Christian schools as the social agent that can make Christian education effective in the totality of life. We affirm that Christian school education is a communal as well as a parental responsibility. We want to encourage the children of the church to be educated in a way that acknowledges the lordship of Jesus Christ in all subject areas. This is why we support Christian schools that teach the biblical, Reformed vision of Christ’s lordship over all creation.

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater
Mission Statement: to reach out to those women and families involved in crisis-related pregnancies, offering them real help for the present, hope for the future, and healing for their past.

In South Hampton Roads, ⅓ of babies lose their life to abortion. This means that abortion is the number 1 cause of death. CPC exists to save lives, spare hearts and further the gospel of Jesus Christ. CPC operates 3 medical clinics and 2 pregnancy centers, known as The Keim Centers. Medical clinics offer ultrasound services, prenatal vitamins, and medical consults. All locations offer pregnancy testing, counseling, community referrals, practical help, discipleship classes for new believers, parenting classes and post abortive classes with Bible study. CPC does not provide or refer for abortions. All services free of charge, which allows them to extend genuine care without any financial gain from pregnancy decision. The ministry of CPC is supported through private funding.

Our Value: We believe that all human beings are image bearers of God and affirm the unique value of all human life. We believe that the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13), includes the unborn.

Dordt College
Mission Statement: to develop and implement an understanding of the entire creation in the liberating light of the Scripture. We desire to be an institution of Reformed, Christian learning for the benefit of both students and the broader community by providing serviceable insight to prepare students for competent, obedient service in all aspects of contemporary life.

Dordt is a liberal arts college which was founded in 1955 by members of the Christian Reformed Church. Dordt College is a comprehensive college with more than 90 majors to choose from in Sioux Center, Iowa. Dordt offers an excellent education from a Reformed Christian perspective. The college welcomes all students who are interested in a biblical, Christ-centered education.

Our Value: As a covenantal community, we are committed to Christian schools as the social agent that can make Christian education effective in the totality of life. We affirm that Christian school education is a communal as well as a parental responsibility. We want to encourage the children of the church to be educated in a way that acknowledges the lordship of Jesus Christ in all subject areas. This is why we support Christian schools that teach the biblical, Reformed vision of Christ’s lordship over all creation.

Gideons International
Mission Statement: The Gideons International is an interdenominational association of Christian business and professional men who are members of Protestant / evangelical churches. Our members are dedicated to winning the lost through personal witnessing and the distribution of God's Word in more than 190 countries around the world.

Gideons International serves as an extended missionary arm of the church. Their sole purpose is to win men, women, boys and girls to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through association for service, personal testimony, and distributing the Bible in populated areas and streams of everyday life.

Our Value: We believe that God’s Word is powerful and that everyone needs to come in contact with it. In Isaiah 55:11, God says that His word “will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Luke Society
Mission Statement: The Luke Society comes alongside indigenous health professionals who are called to serve their own people. Our primary purpose is to empower them to provide quality medical care and health education as they share the Gospel of Jesus. We equip these Christian visionaries through encouragement, prayer support, mentoring and financial assistance. Ours is a Christ-centered ministry of evangelism and discipleship, transforming communities by reconciling man to man and man to God through the truth of the Gospel.

In 1964, a group of Christian Reformed physicians and dentists organized together to prevent the closure of the Rehoboth Mission Hospital in Gallup, New Mexico. That group of doctors became the Luke Society. These doctors started clinics in the Mississippi delta. Soon after Luke Society ministries were started in the Philippines, India, Honduras, Perú, Ghana, Romania, the Dominican Republic, Romania, México, Indonesia and Ukraine. The Luke Society currently has partnerships with more than 30 ministries in 35 countries around the world.

Our Value: Our Savior, Jesus Christ shows compassion on those who were physically sick. We want to empower Christian physicians to bring physical healing and the message of the gospel hand-in-hand.

Union Mission Ministries
Mission Statement: To aid the poor and needy; to reform the erring; to help those that are out of the way; to feed the hungry; to shelter the homeless; to preach the gospel; and to rescue the perishing.

The Union Mission Ministries is a well-known Gospel Rescue Mission in our area. The mission serves the ‘least of these’ of our community. They provide for physical needs by offering hot meals and warm beds, showers, laundry, and clean clothing. Union Mission trains for job and life skills and offers counseling. Alongside meeting physical needs, the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ is shared through the gospel, and people find hope for a better future.

The Union Mission Ministries has been caring for the poor and needy of our community since 1892. The Union Mission was founded by a group of Methodist businessmen. From its beginnings as a small shelter in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, to its present status as the capstone of eight different vital ministries in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Union Mission remains true to its original purpose.

Our Value: We partner with Union Mission Ministries because we and they take seriously Jesus’ message in Matthew 25:35-36, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads
Mission Statement: Youth Challenge is committed to restoring lives and families that have been devastated by drug addiction and alcoholism, rebuilding character based on integrity and Biblical moral values, and establishing sober citizens back into the community who are, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally prepared to live a productive life.

Founded in 1979, Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads is a Christ-centered residential discipleship program for men and women, ages 18 and up whose lives have been devastated by drug addiction and alcoholism. Youth Challenge is committed to the restoration, rebuilding and establishing of sound minds, bodies and spirits of their residents. Youth Challenge offer a long-term residential program using a Christ-centered approach to addiction. The program addresses the spiritual root of addition, along with practical tools which equip residents to maintain lifelong sobriety. The residential program provides group and individual counseling, an educational component where participants can obtain their GED, life skills classes, spiritual discipleship, and vocational training. It also provides housing, meals, hygiene needs, and transportation to and from court dates and doctor appointments to the residents.

Our Value: We support Youth Challenge in their work, because we believe that the only lasting way to attain sobriety is by the power of Jesus Christ.