Chesapeake Christian Center began with the will of our Heavenly Father in the prayer of a wife, Beulah Duke, who believed God for the salvation of her husband, Marvin. His heart became overwhelmed by the goodness of God. So, in the quietness of his own home, he gave his life to Jesus Christ and received him as Lord and Savior. Shortly afterwards he received the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” and an incessant appetite for the Word of God.
The Holy Spirit began to reveal the word of faith to him in a mighty way, and he was completely transformed. Soon, God began to use him to minister in a number of area churches. It was during this time that the Lord began showing him how so many in the body of Christ lacked knowledge they needed to live victorious lives. God began to impress on Marvin’s heart the need for a teaching ministry in the Chesapeake area.
In January 1992, with a handful of believers and a vision (“Changing lives spiritually, physically, and materially through the teaching of the word of God”), Chesapeake Christian Center was born. Initially the ministry held monthly meetings on every second Sunday at the Holiday Inn, Greenbrier at 6:30pm.
In July 1992, Marvin joined the Fellowship of Inner City Word of Faith Ministries, established by Dr. Fred Price. Marvin was ordained in September 1992 by Elder Little Joe Powell of Samuel Chapel Holiness Church of Moyock, North Carolina.
In October 1992, Chesapeake Christian Center began holding weekly services. In August 1993, Chesapeake Christian Center began meeting at Indian River Middle School. After making our daily confessions of faith for 5 years, on November 22, 1998 we celebrated the opening of our brand new sanctuary at 300 Liberty Street in Chesapeake, Virginia. On May 16, 2000, Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Founder and President of Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, California dedicated the new building. To accommodate the growth rate a million dollar new addition was built and dedicated on June 29th, 2008. The new expansion includes a beautiful cathedral lobby area, larger bookstore, fellowship and banquet hall, choir room as well as a media room including a larger nursery and personal ministry room. To God be the glory!