The following are the staff members and ministry leaders of our church:

Pastoral Staff

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Bishop and First Lady Michael & Lori Blankenship
Mark & Patsy Bembry
Associate Pastor Mark & Patsy Bembry 

Church Elders

 Robery & Sandy Austin
Elder Robert & Sandy Austin
 Curdell & Cindy Pettis
Elder Curdell & Cindy Pettis
Randy & Georgia Barnes
Elder Randy & Georgia Barnes 
Lawrence & Betsy Weaver
Elder Lawrence & Betsy Weaver 
Daniel & Christina Maisuwan
Elder Daniel & Christina Maisuwan
Jordan & Alicia Midey
Elder Jordan & Alicia Midey 
Natonia & Amy Clay
Elder Natonia & Amy Clay 
Elder Rev. Albert Andreoli

Support Staff

Pastoral Secretary Sandy Austin
 Patsy Bembry
Financial Secretary Patsy Bembry 

Graphic Arts Director Emily Everage
Lawrence & Betsy Weaver
Maintenance Director Lawrence Weaver

Ministry Leaders

Jan Marie Holzberger
Bus Ministry Director Jan Marie Holzberger 
 Carla Wilson
Children's Ministries Director Carla Wilson 
Natonia Clay
Children's Church Director Natonia Clay
 John Serrano
Finance Committe Director John Serrano

Head Usher Tim Smith 
 Avon Murphy
Fleet Maintenance Director Avon Murphy

Fishermen's Net Preschool Director Terri Etheridge

Food Service Director Rick Desordi

GAP Singles Director Heather Hines 
Jail Chaplain Rev. Albert Andreoli

Janitorial Director Debra Ghormley 
Bible Quizzing Coach Ashley Desordi
Military Liason Oscar & Lisa Garcia
Nursery Director Connie Thomas
Prayer Director Deborah Burnette
Purpose Institute Director Joe Austin
Senior Bible Quizzing Coach Bill Holzberger
Silver Eagle Assistant Holly Thomas
Silver Eagles Director Anthony Caprio

Spanish Interpreter Roberta Dominguez 

THis Youth Dept. Kevin & Sandra Townes 

Ladies Ministries


The Holy Ghost

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Start with Old Testament Prophecy:
Ezekiel 36: 26-27 - "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."

Joel 2:28 - "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."

Then it happened for the first time:
Acts 2:1-4 - "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

Jesus prophesied this also:
John 7:38-39 - "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"

You do not receive the Holy Ghost automatically when you believe.
It is a separate but dynamic experience that is part of the new birth!
Acts 19:1-6 - "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

Paul found believers, but they needed their experience with God upated! Even though they had been baptized unto John's baptism, it was not enough. They were rebaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus!


Is the Holy Ghost necessary for Salvation?
Ephesians 1:13 - "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,"

Some ask honestly, "But won't church attendance and being a good person save me?"
Acts 10:1-4 - "There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God."

He was led to full salvation by the Apostle Peter! 
The point is, being devout does not save you! You must seek truth! Update your spirituality! Seek and ye shall find!

The single common sign of Baptism of the Holy Ghost was "Speaking with Tongues"

Old Testament Prophecy:
Isaiah 28:11 - "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people."

Tongues was the initial or immediate evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism. Acts 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:6 all mention tongues as the sign when receiving the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:39 - "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."


Who Jesus Really Was

Repentance | Water Baptism | Who Jesus Really Was | The Holy Ghost

The name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is Jesus! 
The disciples never had a single conflict over baptism in the New Testament. Why? Because they understood the singleness or oneness of God.

John 14:10-11 - "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."
John 10:30 - "I and my Father are one."
John 14:8-11 - "Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."
John 14:15-20 - "If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."
John 14:25-27 - "These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Jesus said, "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you." The Holy Ghost is Jesus in Spirit form!

These three titles refer to the different roles of the same One God!

  • He is Father in creation
  • Son in redemption
  • Holy Ghost in his body, the Church

II Corinthians 5:19 - "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."
Deuteronomy 6:4 - "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:"

Listen to the Old Testament prophecy concerning Jesus
Isaiah 9:6 - "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Now you are ready for the wonderful gift of >> the Holy Ghost!

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Norfolk Apostolic Church
3131 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23513


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