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Who We Are

For over a century, the Prince of Peace Church has served as a beacon of hope and community in Portsmouth's vibrant Brighton neighborhood. 

We're not just another church. We're a family, a sanctuary for the weary, and a launchpad for those seeking to make a difference. We believe in the transformative power of faith, the strength of intergenerational connection, and the boundless potential within each individual.

POPCVA isn't just a historical landmark; it's a living testament to the enduring power of faith and the collective spirit. We invite you to come experience it for yourself. Discover your purpose, connect with a vibrant community, and be part of something truly special.


Come, find your voice, and change the world with us.

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The Prince of Peace Church wants to be a Christ-centered intergenerational and innovative church that transforms people into world changers - by building community, making disciples, and reaching the lost.


To be an intergenerational church that attracts people from all walks of life and connects them to God through Jesus Christ. 


We believe that Everybody is Somebody and Jesus is Lord!

Our Senior Servant

DeAndre R. Carswell, M.DIV, M.EngM.
Senior Pastor, The Prince of Peace Church

With his unwavering faith, nurturing spirit, and tireless dedication to the well-being of his flock, DeAndre R. Carswell stands as a compassionate pastor, a faithful teacher, a lifelong scholar, and an inspiring leader. As a bi-vocational pastor who also serves as a full-time engineer, he believes that his two passions intersect - as both are centralized around “building,” leading to an unwavering belief that the 21st Century Church should thrive at the intersection of Commitment, Christ, and Community.

"I believe that true ministry resides in the intersection of heartfelt commitment, unwavering devotion to Christ, and an unbreakable bond with the community we serve."

- B.S., Old Dominion University, 2014
- M.EngM., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 2017
- M.Div., Virginia Union University, 2023
- D.Min., Boston University, 2026

Meet Our Board Of Trustees

Leadership Team


Brenda Y. Williams, B.S

Executive Pastor


Darryl E. Williams

Deacon, Facilities Director


Arian L. Tyler

Community Development & Communications Director


Jackie Shephard

Coordinator, Community Outreach


Renae Barnslater-Delk

Coordinator, Church Administration

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Shelby Carswell

Coordinator, Women's Ministry 


Triauna Hall

Co-Treasurer, Finance &

Compliance Manager


Marion Anderson

Church Mother


Barbara Holloman

Church Mother

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Join Our Mission.

Interested in being a part of the POPCVA mission? Do you want to join a team of volunteers who love Christ, love community, and are committed to servant leadership? Reach out today to learn more about open positions within our leadership team!

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