Westwood Hills Baptist Church

December 15th, 2008

Westwood Hills Baptist Church is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Mr. Arthur Ward was a religious man that was devoted to his family and Westwood Hills Baptist Church. When he died, the people of the church built a memorial garden in his honor. The garden was designed in a stone cross with gorgeous flowers and roses surrounding it. For years, the garden was a great success and was a phenomenal place to reflect and remember the memory of this wonderful man. Eventually a new preacher took over at the church.

This new preacher began to have dreams about the garden and that it brought evil to the church. He believed that since the roses had grown and surrounded the cross, it was a sign of the occult. God wanted him to tear down this garden to rid the evil that it brought. When he discussed this to his congregation, they too were having these dreams and they decided to tear it down. They tore the monument down and then dug everything up. There is a large hole and wooden cross that still stand in what used to be the beautiful garden. There is an overwhelming feeling of sadness when going to this site, and there has been a unknown entity captured in a picture there, perhaps Mr. Ward walking around in sadness in his old garden.

(Source: Belanger, Jeff. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. 2005.)

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  1. Local FormerAttender
    January 19th, 2009 at 21:36 | #1

    Another aspect to this story is that the man had been a Mason, and the Masonic symbols on the grave site. This was a concern to the small Christian congregation. Wanting to honor God more than a dead man, the Pastor did the brave thing to have the grave removed, knowing that he would face the wrath (and law suit) of certain worldly-minded folks.
    The Pastor is a Godly man, who has led many in the congregation to victory over spiritual struggles.
    If you would like fodder for your cannon, my family had to leave because one of us had a strange allergic reaction every time in the sanctuary. The Pastor was kind enough to make many efforts to clean the a/c system and other efforts. The problem did not stop, and we finally chose to find another church.
    Whether that allergic reaction was a spiritual attack, I am not sure. I do know that the Pastor acted in love.
    Aside from what your readers may consider to be ghost stories, there is only one reality. That is that if you are in Christ, your sins are forgiven and you will go to be with Him in Heaven after you die, just as God promises in the Bible. There will be no more curse in Heaven. Read Revelation 22:3. God loves you.

  2. Jackson Allen
    April 18th, 2011 at 15:08 | #2

    I grew up at Westwood Hills…moved away in 1991! Sorry to say I don’t recall any ghost at that church while I was there! I don’t understand! My favorite place to be as a teen is now a haunted circus sideshow freak church…why because of some roses! GIVE ME A BREAK!

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