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.
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.
Thinking about visiting for the first time? Here is some information about our weekend services.Learn More
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.Learn More
We are offer a place for middle and high school students to have a safe and fun place to learn about God. Every week we offer an opportunity to connect and learn how to build a healthy relationship with God and others.
That’s why we are committed to creating safe and fun environments where your children are taught about the Bible and the love of Jesus through relevant, age-appropriate kids services. Our ultimate hope is to see a generation of children come to know God at an early age.
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, 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.