About Us

"Invest in the future by strengthening our foundation."

We will accomplish our goal through:

Renewing our Faith – Commitment – Stewardship – Teaching – Fellowship –
Communication – Shepherding our “Lost Sheep” – Bringing People to God Through all of the Church’s doors

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History of
West End United

This church was established in the West End section of Portsmouth in February 1942 in the midst of World War II by approximately 15 families. They first met in the Westhaven Community Hall on March 15, 1942. By April 5, 1942 (Easter Sunday) they had their first preaching service with 41 persons present.

About
Pastor Lynda Moore

Pastor Linda was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.   She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and received a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. She retired after 30 years from Richmond City Department of Social Services.

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Susan Heely

Director of Music

Susan Heely is retired from teaching music in the Portsmouth Public Schools. She has been a music theory teacher and accompanist at Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk since 2014. Her BMus Ed is from James Madison University, and her MS Ed is from Old Dominion University .  Her major instrument is piano, and she minored in organ and voice. She has been a church organist/choirmaster for 44 years, currently at West End United Methodist Church in Portsmouth. As a competition Pipe Band member, she has performed in the Virginia International Tattoo for over 16 years.  In addition, she has accompanied the Tidewater Opera Initiative, competed on the East Coast of United States with Tidewater Pipes and Drums, and specializes in 15-17th century instrumental music from Scotland and Ireland. In 2014, she received the Alli Award for Hampton Roads Outstanding Arts Educator. She has performed instrumentally throughout the United States and Australia. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

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Administrative Assistant

My name is Suchada Harris, but everyone calls me Sue. I was born in Thailand and have been in the states since the tender age of 3. I was saved at the age of 10 while my family was stationed in Spain and am grateful to be a child of the one true God. I graduated high school from Denbigh Baptist Christian School in Newport News, Va. I am a military “brat” as well as military spouse. My husband and I met in college. Military life is all we know and we have had the privilege of living in many different places. We were married in 1993 and are blessed to have 2 amazing boys. Our older son, Zachary, will be working at the NN shipyard as a welder very soon. Sammy, our youngest just finished 8th grade and has been a skilled soccer player since he was in kindergarten.

In 2015, we returned home to VA after my husband retired from the USAF. He now works at Huntington Ingalls as a Quality Analyst. In 2009, I made the decision to become a “stay at home mom” so that I could be both mom & dad to my boys during my husband’s deployments. Trust me, when I say that I was busier as a stay at home mom than when I worked outside of the home. Although I’ve had many jobs ranging from Jr. Manager at DQ to Assistant Site Coordinator for multiple school sites with afterschool programs, no job was more important to me than being a mom to my boys!! During my time working from home, I was able to go on every field trip, volunteer for everything I could possibly do, work as the treasurer for my sons Pack/Troop in Cub Scouts and even start a homeless ministry while we were stationed at Nellis AFB, NV. God has been truly good to our family. I’m so blessed that West End UMC (soon to be Crossroads) has welcomed me with open arms. Stop by and say “hello” if you are ever in the office Mon-Fri.

Crossroad's Lay Leadership Team for 2018

 

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West End United loves our church family and loves to share our events with everyone.

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