Welcome to 

Gabriel Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church

 The Gabriel Chapel A.M.E Zion church is a designated historical landmark in Chesapeake, Va. It is the oldest church in what is known as the Long Ridge and Cuffeytown Community. Cuffeytown and was established in 1866 by the free African-Americans of the community. It still has its original stained-glass windows.

While the community is constantly developing, the original community can trace its origins to the colonial period of the United States. The Cuffeytown Historic cemetery, on the church property, also holds a historical designation. The cemetery inters thirteen civil war soldiers who were members of the “Colored Infantry” often referred to as the Cuffeytown 13, also referred to historically as Buffalo Soldiers. The church and descendants of original family members continue to uphold the legacy and prestige of the historic Cuffeytown community through outreach​.

We are developing an archive and visual display to highlight the church and community as a part of the Gabriel Community Outreach 501c Project.

A Message from the Pastor:

"Know that the Lord shall provide for those who grieve in Zion, and will bestow on them a crown of Beauty for Ashes to Glorify Him." Isaiah 61: 3

As many are aware, our church, Historic Gabriel Chapel AME Zion" was destroyed by fire after being struck by lightening during a severe electrical storm and nothing was salvaged.

Often, fire by lightening is referred to as " an Act of God." While we are perplexed, we are not in despair. While many grieve, we do not grieve like those without hope. God IS Faithful.​

As we move in faith, we look forward to the exceeding and abundant move of God as we BUILD our new edifice.

At its completion, we look forward to you joining us in fellowship.

We thank all who are partnering with us in prayer and finances to help bring our vision for building a new place of worship to fruition. As God touches your heart, we invite you to give to our "Building Fund" electronically through " Givelify" on our web-site.

You may also give by sending a check to:

P.O. Box 2232

Chesapeake, VA. 23320

Checks should be made payable to Gabriel Chapel AME Zion. Please place " Building Fund" on the MEMO line. We thank you and may God richly reward you.

*** Please know that we DO NOT have a "Go Fund Me" site so any "Go Fund Me" in Our Church Name is not an authorized entity of our church.

Dr. Sandi Brandon Hutchinson, Pastor


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A.M.E. Zion Leadership

Pictured left to right: Mrs. Sandra Crowder (International President of the Women's Home & Overseas Missionary Society), Rev. Kenneth W. Crowder (Presiding Elder of the Norfolk District), Rev. Leon Hutchinson (First Gentleman), Rev. Dr. Sandi B. Hutchinson (Pastor), Bishop W. Darin Moore (Presiding Prelate of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District), Mrs. Devieta Moore (Missionary Supervisor) 

Our Mission

Our mission is to train and equip believers to be credible, courageous, and committed Christian Disciples who lead others to Christ through their lifestyle, Christian testimonies and Christ – like deeds. Further, we strive to lift up the standards of holiness and to exalt Christ through every worship experience.

What We Believe 

We believe that Jesus, the son of God, should be the focal point of every worship experience. We believe that Jesus died once for our sins, was resurrected from the grave, and that He will come again, in glorious majesty. Then, the living and the dead will meet Him face to face.

Our Vision 

Our vision is to advance the Kingdom of God by being a church that leaves a Christian legacy of love and hope in the community​y for generations to come by teaching the saved to reach the unsaved through disciplining, as well as creating unique opportunities for service to the Kingdom of God.

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2216 Long Ridge Road

Chesapeake, VA 23322

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2216 Long Ridge Road

Chesapeake, VA 23322