About Our Church

All Presbyterian Churches in Norfolk, including Royster descended from the “Bell Church,” built in 1801, which housed Norfolk’s first church bell. In the early 1930’s growth around Wards Corner led the Presbytery to search for a new church site. Due to the influence of a First Presbyterian member, Mrs. Frank Sheppard Royster, who wanted a memorial to her husband, the Newport Avenue location owned by the family was secured. The first service was held October 12, 1941, and the church was dedicated and the deed presented by Mr. William S. Royster on November 2, 1941.

Although the building has changed and grown over the years, we have continued to be a vibrant and serving community seeking to live out the gospel at the intersection of faith and life. At the heart of our many activities is the worshiping congregation affirming the inclusive love of God, which is made known through Jesus Christ.

Through prayer and music, friendship and service, laughter and learning, we seek to know God in our midst and make God known to others.

Our congregation includes people from diverse backgrounds, denominations and faith traditions. We warmly welcome you to membership and invite you to participate fully in church life here at Royster.

Our members and staff are ready and available to be of help in any possible way.