Park Place United Methodist Church

Servants of Christ serving Park Place Norfolk, VA
Park Place United Methodist Church

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500 W 34th St
Norfolk, VA 23508

757 622-3363


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Who We Are

A congregation poised for rebirth in a challenging but rewarding urban environment. Is Christ calling you to serve the city? Come serve with us!

About Us

Casual, Down to Earth, Neighborhood-focused

Community Service, Food Pantry, School

Traditional Hymns

Methodist (UMC)



Our Services

What are services like?
We follow a traditional liturgy, but in a conversational style. The Sunday service usually runs 45 minutes. Older congregants usually dress up, because that's comfortable for them. They pass no judgment on other styles, however.

What is the community like?
Park Place UMC IS a community ... of congregations, ministry partners, and participants in various events. The core of the congregation which worships on Sunday morning is a determined group that refused to follow "white flight" out to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s. As their circle contracted, they opened the doors of the building to other ministries with connections to the changing neighborhood. Park Place School has served at-risk students for 15 years. Park Place Community Suppers serves more than 20,000 meals a year and distributes hundreds of tons of groceries and commodities to the working poor and disabled living near the church. Project Light and New Fire for Christ bring Scripture-based literacy and ministry with youth around the world.

What if I'm not a Christian?
The Wesleyan tradition holds that each of us is responsible to God -- and not to anyone else -- for our both our personal Christian commitment and for the shape of Christian lives. Any Methodist congregation will enfold people at different places on their faith journeys. Ours is no different. Some find the diversity of Methodists challenging, but it's our way..

Leadership View all

Stephen Wall-Smith

Stephen Wall-Smith

Ordained in 1978, Dr. Wall-Smith has served for more than three decades as a "tent-maker," or bi-vocational minister. He served congregations in New York, Connecticut, and Missouri before coming to Virginia. He retired from the Navy Reserve in 2011 after 25 years as a chaplain. He has also worked in higher education as a teacher and administrator.

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