About Virginia Beach Boat Church

Learn more about Virginia Beach Boat Church and who we are.



The Virginia Beach Boat Church started on May 31, 2020, with its first-ever service in the Narrows off First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. The date was chosen to commemorate the first anniversary of the horrific tragedy where 12 people, mostly city workers,  were killed at the Municipal Center. Mayor Bobby Dyer offered remarks and prayed for the victims families. Boat Church is modeled after a small Baptist Boat Church at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, that’s been holding church services on the water for over 35 years. It’s been a dream of the organizers to bring the opportunity to worship on the water to the hallowed ground of First Landing State Park, where the first English settlers landed in April 1607 and the Reverend Robert L. Hunt planted a cross and claimed this land for Christ.


The mission of Boat Church is to attract more people to hear the word of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ, by worshiping God in prayer and song from a boat or the beach. We want people to be able to go to church in a fun and casual environment,  followed by boating, fishing, or just sitting on the beach, without changing clothes or leaving their boats. We especially want families with young children to attend under the canopy of Gods creation without concern for making noise.  Boat Church is open to people of all ages and faiths.

Come see us and worship on the water by beach or by boat. If attending by boat, come to the white sandy beaches of the Narrows at the southeast end of Broad Bay.  You may anchor in the water, or pull your boat up on the beach. For those who are driving, take 64th Street west from Pacific Avenue, and park at the end near the boat ramp. Look for the pink “Boat Church” and “Worship on the Water“ signs.