Our Story

Baylake United Methodist Church


Baylake UMC has been serving Jesus Christ through our ministries and outreach projects for over 50 years! In 1955, the church was created as part of a planting initiative by the Norfolk District of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve the community of Bayside located in Princess Anne County.

Epworth Church in Norfolk was the sponsor church under the leadership of Dr. Edgar Potts. Nearly two-acres of land was purchased for the planned facility in the Baylake Pines neighborhood at a cost of $18,700. The Reverend E. Fay Bennett was appointed to serve as pastor of the project. Assisted by the young people from Epworth Church, Rev. Bennett began a house-to-house membership recruitment drive in the surrounding area.  Worship services originally took place at the residence of newly recruited members followed by services at Ocean Park Fire Station on Shore Drive as the membership expanded. The church grew rapidly and has been able to maintain its membership over many decades thus, having a sustained impact within the communities we serve. 

Today, the people of Baylake UMC serve in ministries to spread the good news of Jesus Christ's love and salvation, develop mature Disciples of Christ, and provide outreach services to those in need ensuring social justice for all people. The ministries are designed for people of many ages including young children, youth and adults and offers opportunities for growth in faith through worship, small groups and mission projects. Baylake UMC is part of the United Methodist denomination and is connected to the Elizabeth River District and the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The church is located in the geographic area of Baylake Pines, Thoroughgood and Shore Drive area within the City of Virginia Beach.