MILCOM Ministries

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Mil/Com Ministries is an outreach of Great Bridge Community Church committed to sharing God’s love to the Military Community in Hampton Roads.

The ministry is led by Pastor to the Military, Mike Dingman. With the densest military population in the world, opportunities to interact with and minister to those in the military abound. However, the right to minister on military installations as a civilian is limited due to access requirements and regulations. Therefore, Mil/Com Ministries seeks to come alongside Chaplains to assist them in what they are already doing, rather than reinventing the wheel.  Many Chaplains are so busy with counseling and other duties that they often do not have the time they would like for personal ministry. This is where Mil/Com Ministries comes in.

The ministries main focus is currently at Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek in Virginia Beach, a Navy Amphibious Base, and has five main activities.

Coffee House Ministry

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Sunday afternoons at 5 PM Soldiers, Sailors and Marines are invited to the Chapel Annex for a meal, fellowship, Worship and Bible study. Many of those who attend are students at the Army and Navy Schools of Music, and sometimes they even help lead our worship with their musical talent. These are important times for building relationships with service members and of sharing the gospel with them. Pastor Dingman is often invited to teach during these sessions.

Barracks Cookout and Bible Study

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On Thursday afternoons at 5 PM during the Spring, Summer and Fall months a cookout is held in front of the barracks with Bible Study following. During the winter months the Bible Study is moved inside the Barracks Quarterdeck. Pizza or some other easy to serve food, soft drinks and bottled water are provided.

Good News Clubs

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On Tuesdays and Wednesdays Pastor Dingman helps run Good News Clubs at Hermitage and Shelton Elementary Schools in Virginia Beach near JEB Little Creek, averaging about 70 children each week. Both schools have a heavy concentration of children from military families, and for many, this may be the only “church” experience they have all week.

Personal Discipleship

During the week Pastor Dingman meets with Soldiers, Sailors or Marines who are interested in individual Bible Study and accountability.

 Financial Support

Mil/Com Ministries is a faith mission’s ministry supported entirely by the gifts of individuals who have a heart for ministry to the military. Gifts can be sent to:

Mil/Com Ministries
C/O Great Bridge Community Church
173 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Make checks out to “GBCC” and write on the Memo Line “Mil/Com Ministries” or include a note stating that the gift is for Mil/Com Ministries.

About Pastor Dingman

Pastor Dingman served as a combat medic in Vietnam spending eight months with an infantry platoon in the 3rd Battalion 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  His battalion spearheaded the Northern invasion of Cambodia in May of 1970. He has spent over thirty-five years in Christian ministry including Prison, Camping and Pastoral Ministries. His experience as a combat medic and as a pastor has uniquely equipped him to minister to our men and women serving in the armed forces.

Conferences and Special Services

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Pastor Dingman is available to speak at Conferences and other services sharing his experiences in Vietnam and how his faith impacted his time there.

Mil/Com Ministries

“Showing God’s love to the military community.”

Great Bridge Community Church
173 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 404-0845