About Us


Messick Baptist Church is located in the eastern part of Poquoson, Virginia, and has been in operation since 1989. It began as a desire on the part of Rev. Jay Lawson of Emmaus Baptist Church in western Poquoson to establish an outreach ministry to reach people across the city who were not going to any of the existing churches. Retired Emmaus pastor Dr. J. Howard Tew was also instrumental in getting the mission started. The mission moved from meeting in people’s homes to renting space in the local Elementary School on Sundays. Dr. Tew’s former ministry student, Rev. H. Benny Topping, was brought in to lead the mission. Land was purchased and a building was build at the present location, 1118 Poquoson Avenue, with funds provided by the Baptist General Association of Virginia, by Emmaus, and by anonymous donars from other local churches. The building was built by Riggins Construction Co., and the mortgage was signed by Emmaus.

In 1999, the Messick Baptist Chapel constituted as Messick Baptist Church when the constitution was presented and approved by the mission body. Benny Topping stayed on with the church until about 2010, when Pastoral Team Lonnie and Annie Correll came in with their music ministry to lead the church though a time of transition until 2013. The constitution was revised in 2012 in order to provide more structure to the organization of the church. Pastor Marcus Dulin led the church from 2013 until 2016 with his ministry of reconciliation between sinful man and a righteous God. We continue to be blessed through our church ministers with Rev. Joel Meitz who has been leading us since March 2016.

Throughout this time, the purpose of Messick Baptist Chapel, and now Messick Baptist Church, has been to provide outreach to the community to reach to lost with the Gospel message, and to provide a place where a less formal atmosphere would be welcoming to those who may not feel comfortable in a more formal setting. As Rev. Tew used to say, “Come as you are, because that’s the only way any of us can come anyway!” So the mission has been to compliment, rather than to compete against, other churches in the area.


The Good News, or the Gospel, is that God made provision for restoring fellowship between Himself and sinful mankind, despite our sin nature, by paying the price for those sins on the cross at Calvary. Because of that sacrifice, as confirmed through His resurrection [1], believers look forward to spending eternity in the presence of God and in fellowship with other believers, both in this life and in the next. The greatest commandment is to love God [2a], and the second greatest is to love each other [2b]. The sign that we are followers of the Messiah is that we love each other as Jesus loves us [3]. Jesus demonstrated that love for us in that was willing to give His life on the cross for us [4]. That perfect, Agape, love is characterized by 1 Corinthians chapter 13.

We are to become born again [5], by dedicating our lives to Jesus (as our Lord), accepting His forgiveness of our sins (as our Savior), and we are to encourage others to do the same. That new birth is symbolized through baptism. The Church was founded through the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the day of Pentecost [6]. The great commission is for us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” [7]. We encourage each one reading this to find a church home among God-fearing people, and to enter into the mercy (forgiveness) and grace (unmerited favor) of a relationship with Jesus. We encourage you to consider joining this fellowship at Messick Church, if you live in this area.

[1] 1 Corinthians 1:17-25
[2] Matthew 22:34-38, 39-40
[3] John 13:34-35
[4] John 15:10-15
[5] John 3:1-21
[6] Acts 2:1-47
[7] Matthew 28:18-20