We exists to guide people to life in Christ by Making Disciples and Planting Churches.
Our Mission


1. Reaching People

Every person has a story, and every story matters to God; therefore, they matter to us! We are laborers in His harvest. Reaching people is just the beginning!
(John 3:16-17, Matt. 9: 36-38, Matt. 28:18-20)

2. Growing People

Spiritual growth happens best in discipleship focused relationships. We all need a guide and we should all be guiding someone else to life in Christ. We will foster a growth-focused environment for people in all stages.
(Matt. 28:18-20, Heb. 5:12-14)

3. Generosity

Generosity is a heart condition that leads to a lifestyle. Generosity comes from within and is about so much more than money. We are generous with our time, talent, treasure, and testimony.
(2 Cor. 9:6-13, Phil. 4:17, 1 Pet. 3:15)

4. Community

Communities form when people have a common interest and a common mission. Our common interest is Jesus and our common mission is His Great Commission.
(Matt. 22:37-40, Matt. 28:18-20, Heb. 10:25)

5. Encouragement

Scripture is filled with encouragement and we want to be a people of encouragement. The church should be a place where people are built up, encouraged, and empowered to live for Christ.
(Eph. 4:11-16)

6. Excellence

Excellence is giving God your very best, in obedience to Him, over time. Doing things with excellence demonstrates that we want to honor God and honor those He sends our way.
(Matt. 22:37-40, 2 Tim. 4:6-8, Heb. 12:1-2)

7. Dreaming Big

We want to dream God-sized dreams and do our part as He shows Himself strong in us and through us. We pray believing that God will fulfill His will and that He is able to do far more than we can ask, think, or imagine.
(2 Tim. 1:7, Eph. 3:20-21)

Meet Our Team

Pastor Jay Blizzard

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I am a native of the Seven Cities, born in Portsmouth and raised in Suffolk, so it’s fitting that God would call me to minister to the people in our community. I grew up in a Christian home and attended Christian schools but walked away from the faith in my early twenties. During that time, I got involved in a lot of things I had no business being involved in, so like you, I have a past. It was through that time, however, that Jesus showed me how desperately I needed a savior, and He called me to Himself. I’m far from perfect, but by God’s grace, I do my best to live a God-honoring life through the power of His Holy Spirit.

I love being a pastor! My passions in ministry are teaching others how to study God's word and helping them grow spiritually. My wife, Rashidah, and I live in Suffolk, VA with our English Lab, Max. We have a blended family with five adult children and one grandchild. I love sports (especially football and basketball), BBQ, reading, and strength training. My prayer is that God work through Seven Cities Church to help you grow in your faith and to help you reach the people that matter to you with the good news of faith in Jesus.


Pastor Brian Wood

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I grew up in small town USA, a little town named Hamlet, NC. I set out after High School to become a Registered Nurse. After graduation and serving the needs of patients that came through the Emergency Departments that I worked in, my desire and heart to serve, love and meet the needs of people began to shift towards full-time ministry. I took a step of faith and got out of full-time nursing to become a Student Pastor. Through my first vocational ministry job, my heart for church planting began to swell. I knew one day that I would plant a church but wasn’t sure when, where or how. Several years into full time ministry, I accepted a position in Chesapeake VA. Through my time in that position, church planting became more and more real. I knew that God had brought my family to this area for “such a time as this.” Church Planting has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things that I have ever done. I love this area; I love the people and I love His Church.

I am married to the best woman alive, Kristen. We have SIX kids, three biological and three adopted. Our kids are Graysen, Emma Rae, Blake, Katie, Viktoria, and Makenna. Our three youngest all have different special needs. Our hearts for adoption, foster care and special needs families and children is full! Our lives are an adventure, and no two days are the same. I love being outdoors. I love to hunt, play golf, go to the gym, and meet new people. I am honored to serve as one of the pastors at Seven Cities Church and believe that our best days are ahead of us.

Caleb Berryman

Student Minister

Danielle Smith

Worship Leader


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