James E. Victor, Jr.

James E. Victor, Jr.

Role: Pastor

The Reverend Dr. James E. Victor, Jr. carries out a long family legacy of Christian ministry.  Like his grandfather, and others before him, Dr. Victor has dedicated himself to the pastoral ministry.  Dr. Victor currently serves as the ninth pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia.  Prior to his coming to Northern Virginia, he served the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he was involved in numerous community and university functions.  Dr. Victor’s last appointment before becoming the under-shepherd of Arlington’s Mount Olive Baptist Church, was as the Associate Pastor of the historic home church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia.  He was promoted to the Associate position from the Assistant Pastor’s position due to his commendable work in the areas of pastoral care, community outreach, and worship.    At Ebenezer, Dr. Victor steered the church’s involvement in the I Have A Dream Project which was a model collaboration between churches and the business sector to ensure that a group of inner city second graders would be tracked throughout their school years and guaranteed the financial resources for a college education.


The Kentucky native was educated in the public schools of Hopkinsville, his hometown, where he distinguished himself both academically and athletically.  Dr. Victor earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  He further prepared himself for ministry by receiving the Master of Divinity degree with magna cum laude honors from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia and the Master of Theology degree from the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  His thesis: Just Over in the Gloryland: The Recovery of Otherworldliness in Black Theology was well received by the Columbia faculty.  Dr. Victor earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.   Dr. Victor currently serves as the president of the Northern Virginia Black Pastors’ Council. 


Dr. Victor was licensed and ordained by his home church the Moore’s Baptist Church in Kentucky.  He is married to the former Vanessa Green and is the proud father of Candace Katherine Victor and Quinton James Victor.  Dr. Victor enjoys reading, fishing and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Latest sermons by
Sun, May 28, 2017
Passage: John 9:1-12
Duration: 24 mins 48 secs
Mount Olive Baptist Church Arlington, VA
Sun, May 21, 2017
Passage: Acts 3:1-10
Duration: 24 mins 49 secs
Sometimes scripture will inspire us to go beyond, to do better, and be better. Other times scripture can be corrective. Corrective scripture can cause a paradigm shift. Such a shift changes the usual way of thinking or behaving. Today’s scripture is one that has the power to cause such a shift, the power to transform. Today on Standing on the Word, Pastor Victor starts a new series entitled Practicing An Upside Down faith. From the book of Acts chapter 3, while on his way to temple to worship, Jesus’ disciple Peter healed the lame man begging for alms. Instead of provision for a day, Peter lifted the man who was born lame and gave him healing for a lifetime. Just as Peter knew that ministry is not relegated to a pew on Sunday, wouldn’t this be a better world if we would take our ministry outside of the church? The world needs our attention. We need to take the energy we gain in church out into the world. For the world needs our witness. Listen now as pastor begins this new series with the first installment Doing Ministry from the Outside In.
Sun, May 14, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 57 secs
Do you know that the wonder working power that transforms life today comes from the power of the resurrection? Although it occurred long, long ago, the power of the resurrection is with us still. It gives us hope and impacts us even today. Today on Standing on the Word, we want to take you back to a message our Pastor preached on Easter Sunday morning. This message was powerful and transformative through the power of the resurrection. No matter the trials and tribulations we face, He is in the midst and can transform. We want to share with you now Dr. Victor’s message entitled Wonder working Power.
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 5 secs
Long before the modern mysteries we enjoy today, the bible had a murder mystery. It was one of fratricide – brother killing brother. We know that Cain killed Abel, not because of sibling rivalry, but because of unacceptable worship. From the book of genesis chapter 4, Cain, the farmer, brings God ordinary fruit from his harvest, while Abel, the shepherd, brought to the Lord the firstborn of his flock, his very best. God favors Abel and is well pleased. He rejects Cain and Cain becomes angry and kills his brother. Today on Standing on the Word, Pastor Victor shares how our worship should be focused on pleasing God, not on self and expectation. When we don’t give Him our very best we are not giving Him what He deserves. Listen to today’s message pastor entitles, You Can’t Get Away with Murder.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Passage: Exodus 3:7-10
Duration: 24 mins 49 secs
Sermon Title: “When God Moves” Sermon Text: Exodus 3:7-10 Synopsis: Chronic social conditions tend to make us think that God is not active in the world. However, God does move. Three points: the conditions that make God move in the world are: (1) God sees humans’ misery; (2) God hears human pleas; (3) and God knows our struggle.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 8 secs
What contradiction in your life needs a makeover? Often time we look in the mirror and see other things that we rustle with. What we see on the outside may be different of how we feel on the inside. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor challenges us to look in the mirror to reflect and find out who we are and whose we are. He shares this message entitled UnMasking Our Fears.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Passage: Mark 6:30-44
Duration: 25 mins 4 secs
We are a people of miracles. We have been able to have an abundance of resources because God always makes up the difference. Just as Jesus directs His disciples to feed the masses with 5 loaves of bread and two fish, we too make something out of next to nothing because of the Lord. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor shows us how we have a vision that stretches beyond the present capacity. We have also been gifted with the ability to organize knowing that we can accomplish more in community that we can alone. Pastor expounds on the familiar story taken from Mark’s Gospel in this message he entitles Making Something Out of Nothing.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 6 secs
In today’s society, we are faced with many challenges and situation that seem to get us down. Yet, In spite of those obstacles, we choose to live. Live is a choice and there are many examples around us of life choosing to live. Today on Standing on the Word pastor Victor encourages us to choose life that we may live and not die. He explains in this sermon he entitles, The Will to Live.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Passage: Luke 8:40-48
Duration: 1 hr 25 mins 7 secs
Today’s message is the familiar story of the woman who had hemorrhaged for 12 long years. She was isolated, joyless, hopeless, without resources, and tired. Because of her chronic condition she was deemed unclean and unfit for the community. Her chronic condition rendered her desperate. So desperate, it moved her to understand that by touching Jesus’ clothing she could connect with the Holy. Through her faith she recognized that if she could just touch the hem of his garment she could be made whole. Through her simple touch Jesus felt her need, and she was healed. Pastor unpacks this story in today’s message he entitles Closing the Gap between the Human and the Holy.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Passage: John 5:1-9
Duration: 25 mins 7 secs
The problem of the world seems to overwhelm us so that it seems that our own personal problems seems to last so long. So when Jesus comes to provide us healing, we may sometimes come up with excuses. Join us today on Standing on the Word as Pastor Victor unpacks the story of the man at the pool for 38 years in the message he entitles Overriding Excuses.
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