On the first Sunday of January 1979, Keith and Yvonne Davey met for the first time with several believers to establish the Colonial Baptist Church of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Several months later in October, the church held its charter service, and 30 members signed the new church charter. From 1979-1984, the church met at the Green Run Elementary School in Virginia Beach on Sundays, and in 1983 they began their Wednesday Evening Prayer Services and AWANA ministry in rented facilities in the Green Run area of Virginia Beach at the St. Mark United Methodist Church.
In 1982, Daniel and Martha Davey accepted a call to this young church, and Daniel began serving as the Associate Pastor to his father July 1, 1982. In the summer of 1983, the church purchased 10 acres of land on Centerville Turnpike, and in 1984 built its first building. In 1987 a second building was added which included a gymnasium to accommodate the needs of the growing church.
In October of 1987, Keith Davey, prompted by the desire to spend more time in his role with Missions To Military, resigned as the pastor of the church effective January 1, 1988. For the next two months the church interviewed, prayed and focused on Daniel Davey to fill the position his father vacated. In March 1988 Daniel accepted the unanimous call of the church to the position of pastor.
In 1989 the church renovated its sanctuary to accommodate its growth, and because of continued growth the church held two morning services from 1990 to1994. During this time (June 1993) the church acquired an 8,000-sq. ft. modular building (the Nehemiah Building) to accommodate the needed children’s classroom space. In 1995 the church gymnasium was converted into a sanctuary, and the old sanctuary was divided into a Chapel and Office Complex. In 1996 Central Baptist Theological Seminary opened its doors, and in 1997 the church finished a building project to house the seminary classes and library. Also, the building project included a new gymnasium with locker rooms and a commercial kitchen. Again, as the growth continued, in November 2000, the church began two morning services in its renovated gymnasium.
During this “growing and building time” the church has continually focused on increasing its mission efforts around the world. The fellowship supports more than 45 missionaries and ministry projects, gives about 30% of its general budget to world evangelization, and sponsors numerous short-term mission trips by its members.
In addition to the world-mission efforts of the church, CBC has planted two local daughter churches: one in the Oceana area of Virginia Beach (August 2002), and the other as a revitalization work in the historic city of Williamsburg (May 2005).
In November 2005, the church stopped its Sunday morning, two-service schedule, and began a one-service format with video-cable service to the gymnasium and the parlor for the overflow crowd.
In April 2006, the church finished a major building project that included, an additional 250-space parking area for cars, a two-story adult-education project (which also became the new home for Central Baptist Seminary, housing its theological library and faculty and staff offices), and the renovating of the former CBTS space into a Youth Room to accommodate the growing needs of the 8th 12th grades.
The church has a master-plan for its current property that includes two new building projects: (1) a new children’s building, and (2) a new sanctuary.