Who We Are
We're genuinely excited about what God is doing at Bible World, but we want God to do great things all over the Hampton Roads area, Virginia, the United States, and around the world–and we want to be a part of what He's doing elsewhere!
We support missions programs in the United States and abroad, including humanitarian needs, construction of churches, and Bible colleges. We currently support missionaries in many countries with monthly offerings and prayer. Bible World also sponsors ministerial training seminars, which Pastor Cunningham teaches around the world.
Come and visit us during any of our services. We would love for you to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life!
Bible World Church began as The First United Pentecostal Church of Chesapeake in 1961. The church has been blessed with great leadership and a revival spirit since it’s beginning.
Reverend Roy R. Hall was the founding pastor. He served as pastor until 1970 when he resigned due to Mrs. Hall’s failing health. The present property on Happy Acres Road in Chesapeake was purchased during Pastor Roy Hall’s tenure.
On January 16, 1971, Reverend Robert and Mrs. Ida Hall assumed the pastorate of the church. During their tenure the church built a beautiful sanctuary and family life center. The church grew to an average attendance of 264 under Pastor Robert Hall’s leadership. In April of 2004 Robert and Ida Hall retired.
May 1, 2004 Pastor and Mrs. Jack Cunningham assumed the pastorate of Bible World Church. The church has enjoyed significant growth under the leadership of Pastor Cunningham, from an average Sunday morning attendance of 264 (in April 2004) to over 600 (in July of 2009). Literally hundreds have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit during his tenure. Pastor Cunningham is presently leading the church in building a new state-of-the-art 1500 seat sanctuary.
Bible World Church currently has approximately 650 constituents and 220 family units and is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church International, which has a worldwide constituency of more than 4 million in over 32,000 congregations in 181 countries.
Our vision is to evangelize and equip people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, in spirit and truth, for the glory of God.
Bible World Church exists to glorify God through authentic worship and the proclamation of His Word and seeks to provide a place for everyone to come to know and experience Jesus Christ for themselves in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God loves everyone and that everyone is therefore important, and so we've striven to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and comfortable to worship God with us.
If you were to walk into one of our services and look around at the people present, you would probably be struck by the different kinds of people there. You would probably see someone like you! Our congregation is composed of people of various races, ethnic origins, nationalities, ages, and social backgrounds. We are different in many ways, but we are united as a community by a common experience of the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.
The diversity of people in our congregation is reflected in the diversity of ministries at Bible World. There is a place for everyone to be a part, but more importantly to be involved and to make a difference. We firmly believe that people are most happy and fulfilled when they have discovered God's purpose for their lives and are actively pursuing it. And we are committed to helping everyone find their purpose and uncover the gifts that God has given them to serve Him and to bless others.