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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 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​.


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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), Rev. Kenneth 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