About

Senior Pastor

Reverend Tim Craig has been pastoring churches in the Virginia Annual Conference for 28 years. He has degrees from Loyola University and Duke University.

Tim is married to Ann and is the father of four grown children: Keriann, Courtney, Brendan, and Meghan. Tim and Ann have two pets, Solomon a Bengal cat and Gracie a Siberian Husky.

Tim's favorite hobbies are roasting coffee and enjoying life to the fullest. His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:4

     "Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Pastor of Discipleship Ministries

Reverend Elizabeth Villegas joined Great Bridge United Methodist in the beginning of 2021. She was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA. Elizabeth left Virginia to pursue degrees from Chowan University and Campbell University.

Elizabeth is married to Rev. Jason Villegas, together they have 3 young children: Worth, Philip, and Miriam. The Villlegas Family loves animals. Their pets include a Standard Poodle named Sobrino, a rescued cat named Hitchhike, and 7 chickens.

Elizabeth loves to travel to National and State parks to camp with her family. Her favorite Bible passage is 1 Peter 3:11
"let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it."


Our Vision


OUR CORE VALUES:

Compassion

We value and care about you just as you are! We seek authentic relationships with one another.

Communion

Everything happens around the Table. We understand the Table to be Christ's Table. All are welcome, regardless of your faith journey, age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or church membership.

Joy

Each day is a new opportunity to embrace life in Christ!

Servant Leadership

Service in the name of Christ is at the heart of being a disciple.


OUR BELIEFS:

We believe the Bible is God’s word
and through it, God reveals Himself to us, showing his character, and His will. Though written by man, the Bible is inspired by God and is without error. The Bible is our source of truth and guides us in our beliefs and lifestyle. It leads us to love God and others.  

We Believe in the Holy Trinity, that God exists in three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal in power and are one God.

We believe that salvation is a gift from God. We have not earned salvation, nor can we prove ourselves to be “good enough” through our actions to receive God’s approval. We are saved by grace through faith , and Jesus has paid the penalty of sin through his sacrifice on the cross.  

We believe that God is the sovereign Creator. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless life in human form and offered himself as a sacrifice for humanity. He died on the cross and arose from the dead on the third day, revealing his power over sin and death. He then ascended to heaven where he resides with God the father until his return.  



Communion

"Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. Christ invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another."

We use these words of assurance in the communion preparation. Communion has been called a means of grace, Grace is the undeserved, unmerited and loving action of God.  Communion is one of the ways in which we encounter God's freely-given love. We observe communion as a remembrance of Jesus’ final dinner with his friends the night before his crucifixion. On that night, he gave them bread and wine saying that these parcels of food were his body and his blood, and that whenever they partook in them they should remember him..

At Great Bridge United Methodist Church communion is celebrated once a month, on the first Sunday.

Marriage

A service of Christian marriage is a celebration of love, but not simply the romantic love of the couple. It also celebrates the love of God for us, and the love Jesus calls us Christians to share with the world.


Wedding Ceremony Request

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Baptism

The Bible teaches that God made human beings in the image of God, and all of creation to be good. Sin caused a "distortion of the image of God in us and the degrading of the whole of creation," In baptism, we reject the power of sin and begin our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Through the waters of baptism, we are cleansed of our sin and born into a new way of living. Whether an infant or adult, this is just the beginning.



Baptism Request