Virginia Chesapeake Mission

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Bridge near Chesapeake, VA. By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District [CC-BY-2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Bridge near Chesapeake, VA. By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District [CC-BY-2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

The work is going so well in Virginia and North Carolina that the Church recently created the Virginia Chesapeake mission! Check back in a year to hear what the first missionaries in the Virginia Chesapeake mission have to say!

The Church

There are 5 stakes located within the Virginia Chesapeake Mission, some of which also contain YSA and Spanish-language wards or branches, as well as FamilySearch centers.  Church growth in the region has led to the recent creation of this mission.


Missionaries can expect to find similar food to other areas in the United States while serving in the Virginia Chesapeake mission.  Fish and seafood restaurants are popular thanks to the areas coastal location.  Another distinct food of the region is Eastern Carolina-style barbecue.  Eastern Carolina barbecue is made from slow-cooked pork and then usually served as pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw, though ribs are also popular.  Eastern Carolina barbecue is distinct in that its sauce is vinegar-based, whereas most American barbecue sauces are tomato-based.  Cheerwine, a cherry soda, is also unique to the region.

Carolina BBQ pulled pork sandwich. Picture from


Like most stateside missions, missionaries will mostly use either cars or bikes in their areas.  Designations are generally based on the size of the area and leadership positions. The region also has intercity bus services that travel between Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton. Trains connect major East Coast cities, including some within the Chesapeake Mission. Norfolk also has its own light rail train system, called the Tide.




Safety varies from city to city within the region.  The city of Virginia Beach was named the safest city in America in 2004, however, its neighbors Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth all have higher crime rates.  Missionaries should be aware of their surroundings (especially in inner-city areas) and leave if the situation appears dangerous.

Local Lingo

The Tidewater accent is unique to the region.  The “r” sound is often dropped if it appears before a consonant in a word, and the “l” is also sometimes dropped.  For example, the r and l sounds are often dropped when pronouncing the name of the city Norfolk.  Some speakers replace “ou” sounds (such as in about or mouse) with a long “o” sound (like in the word code).

Some examples of slang include:

“Make groceries” = Buy Groceries

“Over yonder” = Over there

“The park/parks” = Projects/slum areas

Additional Info

Statue of John Smith, located in Jamestown, VA.

The Virginia Chesapeake Mission is also home to several historic cities, such as Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, all of which feature sites detailing Virginia’s colonial history.

Flag of Virginia Chesapeake Mission


United States
President Alan J. Baker

1115 Cherokee Rd
Portsmouth VA 23701
United States


English, Spanish
1.7 million in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, which comprises much of the mission area.
Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, United Methodist Church
Hot and humid during the summer, with temperatures generally reaching around 90 degrees F. Spring and summer are especially rainy. Winters are milder, with snowfall being infrequent.
Virginia Beach, Newport News, Norfolk, Williamsburg (VA), Greenville, Beaufort, Goldsboro (NC)

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