Who We Are?

What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you can have a life-changing experience with God. At Upward Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. What people usually notice first about us is the life-giving nature of our ministry. Our goal is to infuse life and God’s love into people and families through engaging, powerful worship services that offer biblical truth in relevant and practical ways.

Our Mission

"To reach as many people for Christ as fast as we can, and make disciples."

We filter every idea, program, and budget request through our purpose statement. If what we plan doesn’t help us meet our purpose, then we don’t do it.

First Time Guest?

Thinking about visiting for the first time? Here is some information about our weekend services.

What to Expect

Our Beliefs

See how we view God, Jesus, the Bible, man, and many significant aspects of our faith. Firmly rooted in Scripture, the beliefs of Upward guide our decisions as a church.

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Core Values

1. Wholeheartedly put God first.
2. Provide an atmosphere of grace and mercy.
3. Connect with other believers through meaningful relationships.
4. Worship God in everything we do.
5. Strive for Excellence.
6. Honor God and His church with integrity and sound doctrine.
7. Share the love of Jesus Christ to our city and our world.

Lead Pastor

Craig Walker

Craig Walker is the Founding Lead Pastor of Upward Church, a multi-campus, multi-state church, with three locations in Norfolk, VA , Williamsburg, VA and Pensacola, FL. Upward Churches are spreading across America as they aggressively make the Gospel relevant and accessible to our generation. Pastor Craig has been blessed to speak and travel around the world. He and his wife Lezli are former missionaries and together have planted churches in China, Czechoslovakia, and America. He is the founder of Friends of Internationals Inc. and the author of the books, Born for the Extraordinary, Catch: The Art of Fishing for Souls, Secret: The Single Greatest Leadership Key, Taboo: God and Money, Right Message Wrong Method: Church Marketing in a Postmodern World, Forecast: Surviving and Thriving in the Coming Tsunami of Change, Last Minute God and #JOY. Craig holds a Master Degree of Theology. He has been married to his sweetheart Lezli for 29 years and they are blessed with two children, Christian and Candace. They currently live in Pensacola, FL.