Jesus said one thing is necessary:

"Mary... sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word... Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10)

We meet each week to worship God -- the God who created us and the God who has saved us. We are committed to reformed worship, expository preaching, congregational prayer, and the sacraments. Out of this flow ministries of discipleship, fellowship, service, outreach, evangelism, and world missions.

Who we are

"Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, sexually immoral, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners... And such were some of us. But we were washed, we were sanctified, we were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. But now in Christ Jesus we who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." (1 Cor. 6:9ff.)

Contrary to common belief, the church is not a building. Neither is it a group of people who are "better than you." The Bible tells us that we are all sinners; the church is comprised of sinners who have been forgiven and delivered from their sins by Jesus Christ.

Our beliefs

Our congregation is part of the Christian Church. Our beliefs are determined by the Bible. The elders at Immanuel Presbyterian Church subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, documents which summarize Biblical doctrine in a unified and carefully constructed statement of faith. We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

Our pastor

William Harrell is the founding pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. In 1981, he and his wife Debra were called to serve the new congregation, then meeting at the YMCA. For nearly 35 years, "Pastor Bill" has faithfully served the flock in preaching, teaching, and pastoring.


Morning and Evening Worship

10:30 AM  Morning Worship *
5:30 PM  Evening Worship *

We meet twice on the Lord's Day--once in the morning and once in the evening. Our worship of God consists of prayer, singing, the reading and preaching of the Word, and the sacraments. The Lord's Supper is observed weekly.

  * Nursery provided

Christian Education & Prayer

7:00 PM  Christian Education and Prayer

Our Christian Education meeting offers classes for children and adults. The children's classes cycle through the Old and New Testament stories. The middle school class cycles through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The adult class studies a variety of topics, from Scripture, theology, history, Christian living, etc. We close this time with small groups of congregational prayer.


Address: 4700 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23508

Immanuel Presbyterian Church is located in Norfolk, Virginia, just east of Old Dominion University, and south of the Norfolk Naval Base.

Local Directions From Hampton via I-64

  • Take exit 276 onto Terminal Boulevard and follow to Hampton Boulevard.
  • Turn left on Hampton Boulevard and follow to Jamestown Crescent.
  • Turn left onto Jamestown Crescent. Jamestown Crescent becomes Colley Avenue.
  • The Church will be on the left.

Local Directions From Chesapeake/Virginia Beach

  • Get to I-264 and exit onto Waterside Drive.
  • Waterside Drive becomes Boush St. Turn left onto Brambleton Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Colley Ave.
  • Follow to 4700 Block. The Church will be on your right.

Local Directions From Portsmouth/Suffolk:

  • Take the Midtown Tunnel to Hampton Boulevard, North Exit.
  • Turn right onto 38th Street.
  • Follow to Colley Avenue. Turn left onto Colley Avenue.
  • The Church will be on your right.

Daily Readings and More

Below are the monthly minister's letter, daily Bible reading notes, and other resources. Weekly sermons can be found here:

The Minister's Letter

The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control
God's Sinless Use of Our Sins
Righteous Self-Regard
Letter from Bill

Previous years (in PDF):
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1989 1984 1983 1982 1981

Daily Bible Reading Notes

Job 13:6-14:22
Job 15-16:8
Job 16:8-17:16

Previous years (in PDF):
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997

Things to Read and Hear


Full sermon website can be found here:

Contact Info

Telephone:  (757) 440-1100
Address:  4700 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23508
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