Our ministry's consistent  focus is serving the people and their needs. Our hope is to provide a safe place for you to transform and strengthen in Christ.

All are welcome to an awesome worship experience and a relevant word at Refuge Nation Church!


We accept the scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice. 

About Scripture
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12)

About The Godhead
The triune Godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit.

About Man, His Fall and Redemption
Man was created good and upright for God said, "Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness". But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)

About The Salvation of Man
(a)    Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart--that is the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 28; Romans 10:8-10).

(b)   The evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.  "And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us" (1 John 3:23).

(c)    Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-11 and II Cor. 5:10).

our pastor
Joe Baker

Senior Pastor


Pastor Joe Baker, gained his distinct ability to relate to diverse groups of people from his own various experiences. He has made an impact on the lives of many in Hampton Roads for well over a decade. Like David, Pastor Baker’s introduction to the Kingdom began with music. However, he soon began feeling God tug him to a pastoral role.


He initially answered this call in 2000 when he became the Youth Pastor at Messiah Center under the leadership of Dr. David Wade Jr. Being the visionary that he is Pastor Baker envisioned a youth group that was passionate about the word and worship. With these two pillars the youth group started with 15 teenagers and began rapidly surpassing 100.    

After faithfully serving the Messiah Center for nearly 20 years, Pastor Baker was released in 2008 by Pastor Dwayne Seals to start Refuge Nation Church. Since the formation of the church, Pastor Baker has been noted as one of the most inspirational leaders in Hampton Roads by Blessed Magazine. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Theology from North Carolina College of Theology. While many great things can be said of this about this man, the most accurate would be that his love for people is only outdone by his love for God.