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Abyssinia Baptist Church


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We are a Family of Faith committed to making Disciples.

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The services at ABC have been designed with you in mind. We offer uplifting music; strong teaching that is relevant to the issues you face in life, plus programs for children of all ages. Services at ABC are approximately 90 minutes long, and start promptly at the given service time. Please feel free to dress in whatever style you are comfortable in as long as it is respectful of the Lord?s house. Our congregation attends dressed anywhere from casual to dressy.


Sheridan D Nelson

Dr. Sheridan Nelson, Senior Pastor of Abyssinia Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, is a native of Lakeland, Florida. He is the oldest son of the (late) Rev. Levi Nelson and Mrs. Vela Nelson. Rev. Nelson is married to the former Jodi Cox of Chesapeake, Virginia; and they are the proud parents of two sons, Sheridan II, and Joshua.

Dr. Nelson is a graduate of Mulberry High School in Florida. He furthered his studies at Norfolk State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Business Management, and he graduated from Virginia Union University with a Masters of Divinity degree.

Dr. Nelson received his doctoral degree in Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Nelson was licensed to preach the gospel on December 19, 1993, and was ordained on September 1, 1996.

Dr. Nelson has served as Campus Pastor for Norfolk State University; Youth Minister for Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia; and Youth Minister for Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Nelson has also served in denominational ministry for the past ten years, working with Lifeway Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, and most recently as the Youth and Young Adult Director of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia.

Dr. Nelson?s mission is to empower people to become holistic disciples of Jesus Christ.


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About Joni Fitzgerald

Born and raised in California of the Christian faith. I am a mother of four and a grandmother of 6, single, live in caregiver for my parents. I work part time outside of the home and always learn something new everyday. Life experiences are many and lessons learned are not a few. Former teacher of Bible classes for children of all ages, currently a wayward college student returning after 33 years. My major is Psychology and my goal is to assist others who have been given their second chances in life. My second chance has me a survivor of domestic violence, rape, multiple suicide attempts, drug addiction, alcoholism and depression. Most of all, I have a personal relationship with God and He is with me all the time.