Christian Way Ministries (CWM) is a Non-Denominational Contemporary Christian Church that began on August 9th, 2015 out of Norfolk, Virginia. We are a brand new ministry for Jesus Christ who stands firm on his Life, Death, Resurrection, and His Word (The Bible). Meaning, we will not compromise the integrity of the Gospel. Why? Because we consider the Bible to be the highest standard of goodness and truth regarding morality, creation, history, the fallen state of humanity, redemption, and God himself. One of our main objectives is to preach the truth of God's word and to fulfill the will of the Lord on earth as it is in heaven by executing our assignment for the Great Commission. Jesus commanded the disciples in Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Since the time Jesus uttered these words to his disciples almost two thousand years ago, not only has Christianity become the largest faith in the world, but Christians throughout the generations have carried the baton of the Gospel, giving the church today an opportunity to fulfill their part of the Great Commission. Therefore, CWM will continue to carry the baton until it is our turn to pass it. The mission Jesus called the church to do is an ongoing marathon that will require perseverance, endurance, longsuffering, and faith to continue the race, especially when considering the current needs of the world. With the trends of poverty, disease, unreached people, persecution, liberalism, false doctrines, etc., there is still plenty of work that needs to be done. Hence, CWM is going to continue to develop and grow through our ministry by reaching out to the world and to other parishes in effort to demonstrate the love and power of God. It is our prayers that God continues to mold us into his purposes and allows CWM to grow into a ministry that can reach its efforts globally.
“Leading God’s People to the Way to be Saved;
Where Creativity, Relativity, Ingenuity, and Continuity of the Gospel is our Top Priority.”
In Acts 16:17 it says, “This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, these men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you 'The Way' to be saved."
Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am ‘The Way’ and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Peter also said in Acts 4:12, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is 'NO' other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
The very first thing Jesus preached after he was tempted 3 times in the wilderness by Satan in Matthew 4:17 is to "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Paul says in Romans 10:9, “That whoever confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead shall be saved.”
Peter also said in Acts 2:38, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
And in 1 John 1:9 it says that "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
To receive forgiveness, deliverance, salvation, reconciliation, grace, wisdom, eternity, and a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Which, in turn will prevent you from receiving God’s wrath, judgement, and condemnation. In John 3:18 Jesus said, “Whoever believes in him (The Way) is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
* Christian Way Ministries will bring forth the vision of God for this ministry by adhering and exercising the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Jesus in Matthew 28:19 which says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
* Christian Way Ministries will make disciples by leading them towards Jesus Christ who is the "Only" way to be saved, by teaching them everything Jesus commanded in the scriptures, and by baptizing them by water and by the Spirit in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
* Christian Way Ministries will equip God's people for works of service according to Ephesians 4:12-13 by calling them to a life of repentance, by preaching the truth out of love, by teaching them how to live holy as our Father in heaven is holy, by demonstrating how to put the Word of God into practice, by empowering the call God placed on their life, and by raising our children in the ways of the Lord so as they grow they shall not depart from the foundation given to them. This will allow them to exercise their part of the Great Commission, to serve God in their local congregations, to go out and deliver the hope of the Gospel, and to reach their hands out to the less fortunate. James 1:27 says, "Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
* Christian Way Ministries will therefore achieve its goal by remaining on the narrow road that leads to righteousness, by not conforming to the patterns of the world, by being aware of the signs of the times, by standing firm on the Word of God, by operating in faith, by being prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, by casting down every argument that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, by providing answers to the more difficult criticisms and questions surrounding the Christian Faith, by utilizing our website www.road2thecross.org, and by engaging all of our social media platforms to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to advance the kingdom of God for his glory.
* Christian Way Ministries will accomplish the will of the Lord for this ministry by always placing God first, by being led by the Holy Spirit, by always praying without ceasing, by meditating on his word day and night, and by making the most of every opportunity afforded to this ministry that God has provided.
* Christian Way Ministries will use these efforts to lead God’s people to the right and only way to be saved through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen!
Deuteronomy 6:4 says, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One
David Martinez is the Pastor of Christian Way Ministries and a Diocesan Bishop with the World Council of Independent Christian Churches for the state of Virginia since 2013. Pastor David is a Hospice Chaplain with Intrepid USA and currently serves as a Chaplain Assistant with the United States Army Reserves for over fifteen years. He deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2004 where he received Christ and was baptized in the land Abraham our patriarch once roamed; the land of Ur. Pastor David is a graduate from Tidewater Community College with an Associate Degree in General Studies; from Liberty University with a Bachelor Degree in Biblical Counseling; from Liberty Theological Seminary with a Masters Degree in Divinity, and is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Patient Counseling/Clinical Pastoral Education. His ministry includes 4 years as a Chaplain Assistant where he served on Active Duty at the Regimental Memorial Chapel; 5 years with the 80th Training Command as a Chaplain Candidate; 1 1/2 years as a Youth Pastor at Victory Life Fellowship; and now the Pastor of Christian Way Ministries. He is married to his beautiful wife Britani of 10 years and is a dad to their two little boys Christian (9) and Elijah (6).
Britani Martinez is the Director of Children's Church and she is one of the main reason's outside of God for why this ministry is growing; because the children just love coming to church. Britani is also a Business Analyst for the Department of Commissary. She graduated Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor in Human Resources and with a Master in Business Administration. Britani is highly dedicated to education, to achieving her goals, to her career, to her family, and to the children of God.
Pieri Burton is our Associate Pastor who is a man of many talents. He served as the Treasurer for Piney Grove Baptist Church for approximately 13 years. Pieri is the coordinator for the homeless shelter in Virginia Beach; a Real Estate agent; an entrepreneur for Scratch Masters; and he ran for Virginia Beach City Council. On his spare time, Pieri loves to spend time with his wife Adora and his daughter Alana. He also loves to serve the community in many ways through charities, events, and conferences. There's not many things Pieri cannot do, and CWM is privileged to have him serve in this ministry where he will excel in the calling God placed on his life.
James Tucker is one of the Elders for Christian Way Ministries and is the Sunday Bible School teacher. His commitment and faithfulness to God reflects in his teaching of God's word. If you want to hear a good message before Sunday Service, we definitely invite you at 8:30AM on Sunday Mornings. His ministerial experience is quite impressive as he has served more than 30 years. When it comes to "fighting the good fight for the faith" James exemplifies it!
Harold Tucker is our other Elder for Christian Way Ministries who handles quite a few things for this ministry. He is a medically retired Vietnam Veteran who earned a Purple Heart for his service. His passion for God and for this ministry reflects in all the work he does to make CWM the best experience for anyone who visits. His spirit, his testimony, and his commitment to serve God regardless of anything he might be going through is an inspiration to us all!
Eleanor Lee Makinen is a newly commissioned Deaconess for Christian Way Ministries. Born and raised in New York, Eleanor is the oldest of six children and has been raised with a strong Christian background. She is married to Tom and has two children; a son Darien who is 22 and a daughter Alexis who is 16. Eleanor has a Certificate of Completion from a two year diakonia program and has been leading a Bible Study group of women in her home for over a year now. Eleanor is very excited to become part of CWM family and is in the process of posting her Bible Studies online.
Grant Vanderpool is one of the Deacon's for Christian Way Ministries and one of the Praise and Worship Leaders. When it comes to working behind the scenes, Grant is always at the forefront to serve God. Not only can he get his hands dirty in labor for the Lord, but he also makes a joyful noise, which is why he is one of the leaders for Praise and Worship. Grant's ministerial experience also stretches more than 30 years, which began during his deployment to Germany in 1982 with the United States Army when he got baptized and joined the Neckarsulm Gospel Choir.
Darius Burton is a newly commissioned Deacon for our church who is on fire for the Lord and who is all about serving and going out into the community speaking the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Darius is married to his beautiful wife Jacquelyn and has three amazing daughters. We thank God for adding to our increase by bringing Darius and his family to serve Him in this ministry!
Harriet Vanderpool is the wife and co-leader with her husband Grant Vanderpool for praise and worship. Harriet has a voice that should be featured on the television show "The Voice." She has been singing since she was a little girl almost 30 years ago. Harriet has performed solos, directed choirs, and even made a few C.D's, and now she is displaying her God-given talents at Christian Way Ministries.
Tiffany Tucker is one of our Laywomen who is faithful and committed to serving the Lord. She is extremely dedicated to hard-work as she has been employed by the state of Virginia for 10 years at Norfolk City Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Tiffany has a beautiful daughter, Derrianna who is 7 years old going on "grown", and a baby boy Nasir who is growing by the second. Her love for God and family is one of the main reasons why CWM is so blessed to have her part of our Family!
Jackie Vanderpool is one of our other Laywomen who is also committed to serving God and this ministry. She is highly intelligent as she just recently graduated with her Associates Degree in Medical Administration at Bryant & Stratton College and accepted into Old Dominion University to pursue her undergraduate degree. Jackie has a beautiful daughter Janiya who is 9 years old who hopes to follow in her mother's footsteps in attending Old Dominion University. Words cannot express how blessed we are to have such wonderful people like Jackie to be part of the CWM Family!
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Rico & Alicia Jones! A little over a year ago in May of 2016, they came into our ministry on fire and eager to see what God had in stored for them. Little did they know then that Rico would become a newly commissioned Deacon for our church, and his wife Alicia (Lord willing) will soon be one of our Lady Minister's. Rico has been on fire for the Lord since his apprenticeship days at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard where he has been employed now for over 10 years. And Alicia has been serving the Lord in a multitude of capacities to include praying, mime dancing, and evangelism. We are beyond excited to have this power couple serve God in our ministry along with their three beautiful children, and it is our prayer that God will continue to activate his will on earth as it is in heaven in their lives!
Christian Way Ministries is affiliated with the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC), which is one of the largest ecclesiastical non-denominational/independent churches represented in seventy-nine countries around the world. They provide a platform to independent churches such as CWM that are deprived of the collective support of mainline denominations where they encourage member churches to preserve our Christian heritage, and separation from doctrinal impurity. The WCICC provides direction to churches and members for faithful adherence to the Word of God in an era where the integrity of the Gospel is compromised in many different ways, and Christian Way Ministries values their sacrifice and commitment in their stance on scripture. For more information, please visit http://wcicc.org.