Our Pastor

Pastor Kirk was raised in Chesapeake, VA and graduated Deep Creek High School. Pastor Kirk was baptized in Deep Creek Methodist Church and became a confirmed member of Deep Creek United Methodist Church after the merger of several churches formed the United Methodist denomination. As a teenager, he moved his membership to Indiana United Methodist Church in the Bowers Hill section of Chesapeake and remained a member there until entering the ministry in June of 2001.

Pastor Kirk worked for the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years retiring in 2011, but remaining as a Auxiliary Captain which was the rank he held at retirement.

In June of 2001, he accepted a part-time appointment as an Associate Pastor at Community United Methodist Church, serving alongside of Frank Jennings and Mike Putnam. Pastors Mike, Frank, and Kirk developed a life long love and friendship for each other. In June of 2002, he was appointed to St. Mark United Methodist Church and has been there ever since. In 2012, Community and St. Mark came together as a single charge after the passing of Rev. Mike and Pastor Kirk is the pastor for both churches.

Pastor Kirk has studied at Tidewater Community College, St. Leo University and Duke Divinity School at Duke University. At Duke, he became well acquainted with the writings and teachings of James Effird and through those classes, Pastor Kirk has a passion for discerning scripture through history and the culture of the time when it was written which so many times helps to discern exactly why some of the parts of the Bible are there. He also has likes to relate how the passages are relevant to our lives today making the Bible truly a living document which is still relevant in all its parts forever.

In addition to serving the local churches, Pastor Kirk is the Virginia Conference Emergency Response Team Coordinator and a member of the Elizabeth River Finance Committee.

 

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