“As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one  another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.”
 1 Peter 4:10

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    "Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the  same time pray for us too, that God may open a door for the message so  that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may make it known as I should."  Colossians 4:2-4 (New Living Translation)

    The Whitehead Family

    Rob Whitehead

    Pastor Whitehead

    Rev. Dr. Robert Ashley Whitehead, Sr., is the third of seven children born to the late James W. Whitehead, Sr., and the late Geraldine J. Whitehead of Portsmouth, Virginia.

    Educated  in the Portsmouth public schools, Dr. Whitehead received a B.A. in  Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters of  Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia  Union University, and Doctor of Divinity from Regent University in  Virginia Beach, with an emphasis on Leadership and Renewal. He has also  taken additional graduate courses in business from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.

    As Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Whitehead has overseen the expansion of church involvement in the broader community on issues such as  education, mentoring, health and stewardship. He is a member of the  Williamsburg Tri-County Pastor's Council, past board member of the  Williamsburg Aids Network, past board member of Faith In Action, and  past board member of Housing Partnerships of Williamsburg. Dr. Whitehead is currently on the Pastoral Advisory Council at Sentara Regional  Hospital, a Silver Life Member of NAACP, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    While  serving as part-time Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Whitehead  also had a career in finance and accounting with the former Circuit City Stores,  Inc., at their Corporate Offices in Richmond, VA. He worked for Circuit  City for more than 14 years and was part of their management team.

    Dr. Whitehead is married to Dr. Jocelyn Henry-Whitehead. They have two sons, Robert, Jr. and Matthew.


    Several members of the Whitehead family are accomplished musicians. Robert Jr. plays drums and  keyboard and directs the young adult group, “Infinite Praise”, while Matthew plays drums. Dr. Jocelyn Whitehead plays piano, harp, and bass and directs the Senior Choir.

    Bobby on Piano 1B
    Jocelyn & Matt with Instruments 1
    Jocelyn H Whitehead 200 px
    Robert Whitehead Jr & Matthew 300 px

    Dr. Jocelyn H. Whitehead is Director for the Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency’s Head Start Program. Dr. Whitehead also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences at the Richmond Campus for the  University of Phoenix.

    Matthew  Whitehead shown left,  is a student at The University of Maryland - Eastern Shore, Virginia. Robert A. Whitehead, Jr. shown right,  is a graduate of Liberty  University, Lynchburg, Virginia.

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