Ben & Rhonda

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. (Hebrews 6:10)


Lead Pastor, Northern Suffolk

& Jurisdictional Bishop, Zion Community Churches

Ben is known for his love of God, an unequivocal gifting in teaching, an unusually captivating and engaging preaching approach, and his dedication to the Body of Christ.


He serves as Lead Pastor of Zion Community Church–a multi site church with seven congregations located throughout Hampton Roads .  As an extension of his community empowerment focus, Ben sits on the Board of Commissioners for the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  Together with his fellow commissioners and the Executive Director, he works to maintain and create affordable housing, viable neighborhoods, and opportunities for self-sufficiency that enhance the quality of life of all citizens of the Western Tidewater region. 


Ben is happily married to Rhonda D. Fitzgerald; they are blessed with three remarkable children; Rachael, Ben IV, and Adam.


Pastor's Wife

Rhonda is a remarkable woman who is a proud alumna of both Hampton University (undergrad & graduate) and Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus (doctorate).  


A lifelong academic, Rhonda is a biostatistician and professor of mathematics at Norfolk State University.  Her career as a researcher and educator affords her the opportunity to present and participate in academic conferences nationwide as well as contribute to worthwhile research efforts in her field.


Rhonda and her husband, Ben Fitzgerald, III, are blessed with three remarkable children, Rachael, Ben IV, and Adam.