About Congregation Zion's Sake

The Mission

Our biblical mandate as believers is to be a light to the world; bringing God’s plan of salvation to the ends of the Earth by sharing Yeshua – Jesus, the Jewish Messiah – to the Jew first, then the Nations as prescribed in Romans 1:16.

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When the Septuagint was written and Hebrew was translated to Greek, Yeshua was brought over as Iesous, thence into English as Jesus.

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Rabbi Eric Carlson is founder and shepherd of Congregation Zion’s Sake, a Messianic Congregation, located in Newport News, Virginia. Eric is a native of Fairview, Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor of Theology degree. He attained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, retiring in August 2003 after 22 years of decorated service in the Submarine Force. Responding to God’s call, he founded Congregation Zion’s Sake in May 2000 and entered full time ministry upon retiring from Naval Service. Eric is married to the former Barbara Patterson of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Barb teaches Israeli and Messianic Worship Dance and leads the Congregation Zion’s Sake Dance Team.

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Where we meet


1233 Shields Road

Newport News, VA, 23608

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