Senior Pastor, Dr. J. D. Norris, Jr., had successful pastorates in five states prior to becoming the pastor of Virginia Beach FWB Church. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Tool and Die Program, Raleigh, NC, and the Free Will Baptist Bible College, Nashville, TN. In addition, he holds an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Gulf Coast Seminary in Panama City, FL. He received his License to Preach in 1968.
Pastor Norris has been pastoring for over 45 years, and was a member of the Home Mission Board of the National Association of Free Will Baptist for 12 years. He has been used of God across the country as a Home Missionary, an evangelist in local church meetings, area-wide mission conferences, Bible conferences, and crusades. He is known for his “old time” preaching style, reaching out with God’s message for today.
Becoming the pastor at Virginia Beach FWB Church in 1996, Bro. Jay (as he is affectionately known) has led the church to grow from a hand full of people to a membership of over 300. The church completed the building of a new worship center in September of 2001. We are excited about what God has done for us over the years, and for what He has in store for us in the future. Pastor Norris and his wife, Beverly, were happily married for 57 years, until God saw fit to call her home in May of 2017. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren, plus 1 waiting for them in heaven, and 2 great-grandchildren.
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Jane is a life long resident of the Hampton Roads area. Saved at the age of 8, being a part of a Free Will Baptist Church is all she has ever known, and faithfulness to serving the Lord was inbred in her by her Christian parents, Jack & Elizabeth Goodfellow.
Jane was involved in Christian education, teaching in 3 different schools in the past, and also worked in Christian Retail. She has been on staff here since September 2003, managing the church office, and acting as the Personal Assistant to the pastor. She also is very involved in the Music Ministry of our church, leading worship and playing keyboard.
She has been happily married to her husband Ralph for almost 43 years. They have been blessed with 3 children, 3 wonderful "in-law" children, 7 grandchildren and 1 step-grandchild.
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