24th Street Church of Christ
24th Street, Newport News, VA 23607
Northside Church of Christ
Northside Christian Church
 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway,
Yorktown, VA 23693


1902 1917 1970  
24th Street Church of Christ 24th Street Church of Christ
(close to intersection
of Roanoke Avenue)
 I-64 and US Route 17 location
I-64 and US Route 17 location
Courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/21/04
Thanks, Joe!
April 2005 June 2006 June 2006  
Photo of exterior of the activities building of Northside Christian Church, presently serving as the sanctuary and multi-purpose building. The Sanctuary will be built to the right of the existing structure and face Route 17. ...When I was home in June, I took pics of the old 24th Street Church of Christ, where I was baptized and my sister (Nat Woolard Cunningham -  Hampton HS '60) was married.  I noticed the one on the site is from 1917.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get back far enough to get the steeple.  

The other pic is the Sunday School building.  As you can see, it's now a Baptist church. 

Image by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/23/05
Thanks, Joe!
Images by Gloria Woolard Price (HHS - '65) of FL - 07/30/06
Thanks, Gloria!

Northside Church of Christ had its beginning in the East End of the downtown section of the city in 1899.
It was known as the "East End Christian Sunday School."

In 1902 property was purchased and a building erected on 24th Street and the church was renamed
as the "Twenty-fourth Street Church of Christ." For the next sixty-three years she remained
in the same location, adding a new auditorium and educational facilities as the need arose.

In 1963 a five-acre tract of land was purchased on the cloverleaf of Interstate 64 and U.S. Route 17.
After five years the building was expanded to seat over 1,000 people and recreational facilities added.
This structure was destroyed by a fire that engulfed the building.

This tract was sold, and property further north on U.S. 17 was purchased
and a new building constructed in the last few years.

Marlene Matthews ('60), JV Head Cheerleader and Head Varsity Cheerleader,
had a twin sister Carlene Matthews ('60).
Their father was Carl Matthews, pastor of the 24th Street Church of Christ,
later known as Northside Church of Christ.
Carl Matthews was well known and respected in our community.
He was a baseball umpire, and he so enjoyed the sport of baseball.
His involvement in baseball gave him an opportunity to influence many young lives in Newport News.
Courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/21/04
Thanks, Joe!

Mrs. Timberlake's obituary listed the church she and her family attended for many years. I was not aware that
Northside Church of Christ had changed the name to Northside Christian Church.

The address is: 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693

My earlier description of the new address following the devastating fire at the I-64 and Route 17 location was U.S.
Route 17, near Kiln Creek. I could also remember a bakery thrift store was located near the highway, with the church
building back about 100 yards from the highway. Lousy description and a name change could cause some confusion.
Just thought this might help update the page on the website.

Here is the link to the current location of the former 24th Street Church of Christ.
With the Daily Press Obituary listing the address in Yorktown, I was able to verify the address and location. I am sure
many former members and TYPHOON who have relocated out of Virginia might enjoy this page.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/01/05
Thanks, Joe.

I attended the 24th Street Church of Christ and Northside Church of Christ also. 
In fact, my husband and I were the 2nd couple to be married in the Northside Church.

- Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Betty!

In 1999, we were led to join Northside Church of Christ, now Northside Christian Church.  We are so happy there.  I have not known such a marvelous spirit in a church in such a long time.  It reminds me so much of the old Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church and the fellowship we knew growing up.  When Orcutt called W. P. Milne to be the pastor in 1958, the Installation Service was held on a Sunday afternoon in May.  The community was invited.  Carl Matthews and his wife Mildred of 24th Street Church of Christ attended the service and the reception afterward to welcome the Milne family to the community.  I never forgot that and it left an indelible impression on me. Carl Matthews was a highly respected and dynamic minister.

Northside changed the name of the church to be Northside Christian Church on November 2, 2003.  The name did not matter to me; however, I understand it was because most of those who have the name  "Church of Christ" are Non Instrumental.  I did not know what that meant and when asked if we were instrumental, I said, "instrumental in what?"  This means, do we have any instruments played during a service?  Northside or 24th Street has always had instruments, the very least being piano and organ.  Today, there are brass instruments and often strings as well.  Oh, also the keyboard and drums.

The church was 103 years old and always had the name Church of Christ and always had instruments.  Now, there is no confusion for those who do not believe in having instruments. I do not understand this; however, I respect everyone and their choice. 

- Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 06/10/06
Thanks, Fred!

No. 45 - I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

- G. F. Handel

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

(Job 19:25-26)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.

(I Corinthians 15:20)

Gold Filigree Divider courtesy of
- 12/15/03

"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" midi from Handel's "Messiah" courtesy of http://user.chollian.net/~suleja/~suleja/midi/No.45.mid,
at the suggestion of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/23/04 - as it was the favorite hymn of his mother, who attended church here.
Thanks, Joe!

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