About Us

We value our history, doctrine and ministry team; so it’s only fitting that we use this space to help you become more familiar with who we are and what we have to offer. We are an Apostolic Community.


The Emmanuel Way of the Cross Church Family invites you to join us in a spirit filled service as we worship and exalt the name of Jesus. This church participates in worship and praising God through devotional services, prayer, singing, bible study, and the reading of God’s Holy word. Come and you will discover that Emmanuel is the place for you if you desire to:

The Road to Salvation

Know the truth about the road to Salvation according to the Holy Scriptures.

Anointed Leadership

Hear the Word of God preached and taught through an anointed Man of God.

Biblical Grounding

Become knowledgeable about the Word of God and grow daily in the grace of God.

Community Support

Be surrounded by love and acceptance when you are troubled, confused, and hurt.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Church History


The seed of this ministry was planted over thirty-seven years ago. The ministry was originally established as the Apostolic Holiness Church and has undergone several name changes such Emmanuel Apostolic Holiness Church, and currently Emmanuel Way of the Cross Church. On October 16, 1975 Bishop Charlie Williams and the trustees of the Apostolic Holiness Church purchased a single room building in Sedley, VA, and organized a church. Bishop Charlie Williams entered into eternal rest in April 1983. In June 1983 Elder Fred E. Hill succeeded him as the Pastor of the church.

Elder Fred E. Hill faithfully led the ministry in Sedley, VA for twenty years. However, in September 2003 the ministry in Sedley, VA was visited by an act of God by the name of “Hurricane Isabel” which destroyed the church site. After seeking God for guidance and directions the church family felt directed to close out the ministry in Sedley, VA. On Thanksgiving Day (November 2003) the Church family met on the church site for the last time, and gave God thanks, praise, and glory for His unmerited favor and countless blessings. Believing God works all things together for the good of His Saints the Church family relocated to Chesapeake, VA and started to hold services in October 2003 at the Carver Intermediate School. The current location of 

the church is 1217 Godwin Ave. Chesapeake, VA 23324, United States.

The Church family can attest that God has been faithful, loving, and most kind to his people. For this we are eternally grateful. Therefore, Emmanuel Way of the Cross Church will joyfully embrace the future as Apostle Paul did in 1Corinthian 10:13 with this assurance in God that, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”