October 1981

Atlantic Shores Baptist Church began with George Sweet as the founding senior pastor until 1997. The church met in the banquet room of the Virginia Beach Ramada Inn with an attendance of 7 for Sunday School and 13 for the morning worship service, including the Sweet family.

January 1982

The church relocates to Providence Elementary School and experiences growth.

October 1983

The church acquires 8.72 acres of land at Kempsville Road and Centerville Parkway. Rise up and build!

August 1985

Nationally recognized Sunday School growth expert, Elmer Towns, calls Atlantic Shores Baptist Church “something of a miracle” for reaching 800 people in attendance without a building of its own.

September 1985

The church moves into its first building. Soon after, it begins two morning worship services. By April of the next year, it reaches a high attendance of 1,222 people in morning worship.

September 1985

The church starts Atlantic Shores Christian School.

Easter 1988

The church achieves a high attendance day of over 2,300 people.

October 1997

Former executive pastor, Jim Wolfcale, becomes the second senior pastor in the history of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church and serves from 1997 to 2007

December 1998

The church purchases additional 5-acre parcel of land located on Centerville Turnpike and breaks ground on the 38,000 SF Life Center in 2002.

January 2010

Kyle Wall becomes the third senior pastor in the history of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church and serves from 2010 to 2014.

July 2011

In partnership with World Help, the church commits to help transform a village and plant a church in Guatemala by committing $100,000 over 5 years.

April 2014

Following a difficult season in the life of the church, Atlantic Shores Baptist Church prepares for a new era of pastoral leadership ith the help of the Church Health Institute by updating the Constitution and By-laws. The new governing document includes oversight by an elder body.

October 2015

Dr. Ron Jones becomes the fourth senior (lead) pastor in the history of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church and serves from 2015 to present. Revitalization of the ministry begins. 

November 2015

A nationally syndicated Christian radio broadcast called Something Good with Dr. Ron Jones begins airing daily in the Hampton Roads area on WWIP “The Word in Praise” and WPMH. Soon after, the church sees many new people visiting for Sunday worship.

January 2016

Inspired by the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), the church embraces a new and intentional disciple-making mission that replicates followers of Jesus. We exist to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ who go and make disciples. It also adopts a 5G strategy based on the purposes of the church: Gather (worship), Grow (discipleship), Give (ministry), Go (evangelism), and Grace (fellowship).

September 2017

While remaining autonomous in governance and practice, Atlantic Shores Baptist Church affiliates with The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) to partner in church planting and global missionary outreach.

July 2018

Atlantic Shores Baptist Church and Atlantic Shores Christian School become separate and independent ministries.


September 2019

Dr. Ron Jones and the elder body begin casting vision for the future by encouraging the church family to reach FORWARD to what lies ahead. The FORWARD initiatives include campus renovation, ministry revitalization, and church planting.

October 2019

The church hosts 10,000 people from the community for a fall outreach called Hallelujah Harvest (Trunk or Treat).

April 2020

A worldwide pandemic called COVID-19 interrupts progress on the FORWARD initiatives. Live-stream broadcasting of our Sunday morning worship gatherings begins.

July 2020

The church achieves the goal of becoming a healthy, tithing church by allocating the first ten percent of donations to local gospel outreach and global missions.

January 2022

As part of our FORWARD initiatives, the church commits $100,000 over 5 years to transform a second village and plant another church in Guatemala in partnership with World Help.

December 2022

As part of our FORWARD initiatives, the church begins a major campus renovation to update facilities and continue revitalizing the church. Work begins with the demolition of some parts of our buildings so that we can rebuild.

April 2024

On Vision Sunday, the elders announce the Atlantic Shores Baptist Church is now Crossway Church.

July 2024

A new era in the ministry of the church begins as Crossway Church holds the first public worship services in newly renovated facilities.