In the year 1991, a plan was developed to launch Coastlands Community Church while Pastor Pat Crowder was service as Associate Pastor at Bayview Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia and attending graduate school at Regent University. In the fall of 1991, a team of several families launched the church under the name Renaissance Community Church. Initial funding came from the families involved along with help from Bayview Baptist though the church launched without denomination affiliation.
The church met in the Brandon Middle School in Virginia Beach until 1997 when it moved to storefront facilities on Euclid Blvd in Virginia Beach. Prior to the move, Covenant Church of Tidewater merged with the congregation.
In July of 1998, the church became an official pioneer church affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel under the legal name Tidewater Foursquare Church. In April of 1999, the church became a fully chartered Foursquare Church. Over the years, the public name had been changed to Coastlands Community Church in order to avoid confusion with another church in the area and to reflect our regional vision of serving the community and launching daughter churches.
After starting two services, the church moved to larger facilities in June of 2000. The church began leasing the church building at 1119 Lindale Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia. The hope was to lease for 2-3 years then purchase the building or suitable land. In the spring of 2001, the congregation voted to purchase the building after a fundraising drive to culminate about April of 2002.
Over the years, the church has had close ties with Regent University and CBN, with many members coming from the faculty and staff. In addition, about half of the members are military families as the church has developed many ministries that serve the Tidewater community. An innovative ministerial training program helped produce numerous missionaries and pastors and plans include the launch of numerous Foursquare churches in Hampton Roads in the decades ahead.
In July of 2002, Pastor Pat Crowder accepted a call to LIFE Bible College in Christiansburg, Virginia, to become the Dean of Students. A transition team of pastors were assembled to continue the ministry until a new Senior Pastor was appointed.
In November of 2002, Foursquare District Supervisor, Dwight Saunders, installed Durant Kreider as the new Senior Pastor of Coastlands Community Church.
Our current objectives are to grow the church through evangelism, strengthen people through discipleship, and equip people for leadership. In the future, we hope to send out ‘daughter’ churches to extend Christ’s message.