Deep Creek Baptist Church in Chesapeake has seen significant growth over the years under the leadership of its senior pastor, Ernie Myers. As Pastor Ernie prayed about the future of Deep Creek’s Gospel impact in Hampton Roads, he felt impressed to consider moving to a multi-campus model. Pastor Ernie shared the vision with key leaders in the church and received positive feedback. The congregation got on board and raised over $100,000 over the next several months to fund either the purchase or lease of a property to house their extension campus.
As they began researching the ideal location, Pastor Ernie heard there was a church in Portsmouth that was struggling. Multiple factors over time led to a decline at Western Branch Baptist Church, which put its future in jeopardy. The last major blow to the church was a moral failure of a church staff member, which received publicity in the local media. Not only did the church lose people, but anyone who Googled the church name saw news reports about that incident. Western Branch found it difficult to recover with such a tarnished reputation in the community. With only a handful of folks remaining, they were contemplating their next steps.
Pastor Ernie reached out to the leadership at Western Branch. After multiple discussions and a church vote, Western Branch Baptist Church became Deep Creek Baptist Church’s Portsmouth Campus.
Deep Creek made adjustments to the facilities, including a major overhaul of the sanctuary. Children’s facilities were updated to appeal to younger families. Deep Creek Portsmouth Campus launched in April 2017 with over 100 present.
They have continued to grow and have had multiple baptisms. Where there was once a struggling church with a damaged reputation in the community, there is now a vibrant Gospel witness that is making disciples of Christ.