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.

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Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Passage: Isaiah 6:1-8
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The traumatic experience of someone’s death can lead us to reflect on our own mortality. It may also be an experience that leads us to become more self-aware and look to the Lord, who is above all else. In the 6th chapter of Isaiah, at the death of the temporal King Uzziah, Isaiah was able to see the eternal King. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor shows us how Isaiah left behind his earthly impediments to become a powerful instrument, a prophet, for the Lord. Although we are in the world, we are not of the world when we answer His call and make ourselves available to Him. Pastor expands this thought in this message he entitles, Moving form Impediments to Instrument.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Passage: Romans 12:1-2
Duration: 25 mins 4 secs
Unlike other churches, the Roman church had a global reputation and a solid congregation. The church was fine and possessed a full fellowship of believers. However, being in the world full of temptation made it difficult to keep their eyes on the prize. Being in the world presented a problem for this perfect church. In a dog eat dog world, an urban environment focused on money and desire, it was challenging to maintain Christian behavior. Then as now, political power served as a distraction from real power. Then as now, we may crave money, our own power and our own respect. When we do this is it difficult to demonstrate Christian values. In order to close the gap we must offer ourselves in spiritual worship, or reasonable worship. Reasonable worship is right thing to do because of all God does for us. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor Victor reminds us how we are indebted to Him. We owe Him our very lives, our very being. Our bodies serve as a living sacrifice to Him, wherever we are. We should offer Him all that we are as we are here to do His work. Here is pastor victor with today’s message entitled Reasonable worship
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In the Israelites’ conquest of Caanan, we are challenged to grasp God’s epiphany to Joshua instructing him to have his army walk around the city of Jericho for seven days, and on the 7th day to walk around seven more times. After doing this, Joshua was told to command his army to sound the trumpet and shout. Indeed, with the sound of the trumpet and a shout, the walls of the fortified city of Jericho did fall down. Here we learn that their worship was used as a weapon. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor help us see that we come to understand that God will use unconventional, seemingly insignificant methods to accomplish wondrous things. We can use our own worship to tear downs the walls we face. Listen now as Dr. Victor shares this message entitled, Worship As A weapon.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Though choirs may be adorned in the finest robes, and ball players may don the latest in court-wear, that doesn’t necessarily mean the choir can sing well, or the ball players can play effectively. This phenomenon is quite a common one and may occur even in our churches. Just showing up in church on Sunday, greeting hospitable ushers, shouting halleluiah at the appropriate times, and answering the whooping (hooping?) preacher, doesn’t always add up a true encounter with Christ. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor reminds us when two or three are gathered in His name to glorify Him, He is in the midst. The Lord speaks to us when we commune together, when we are centered on Him. After all, we are His witnesses here on earth. Pastor expands this thought in this message he entitles The Prerequisite to Worship
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Just as David reached out to the Lord for divine assistance as he ran from his father-in-law Saul, who wanted to kill him, we too can reach out for His help, no matter our dilemma. When the Lord intervenes on our behalf, we should do as David did. David vowed to the Lord that he would bless Him at all times. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor victor challenges us to understand what does it mean to bless the Lord. By acknowledging that we owe everything to God, we must first offer ourselves to Him and worship Him authentically. He expounds on this thought in this message entitled From bail-out to Blessing.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 8 secs
A Relay race, also called Relay, a is track-and-field sport consisting of a set number of stages or legs in the race. The runner finishing one leg is usually required to pass on a baton to the next runner while both are running in a marked exchange zone. Today on Standing In the Word, Pastor Victor reminds us that we too are in a race. And often time, the problems that occur are in the passing of the baton of what we call the exchange. Pastor provides clarity in this sermon he entitles, Passing The Baton.
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
Passage: Psalm 122:1-2
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Do you get exciting about receiving an invitation to an event or a celebration? What makes the invitation even more exciting is to understand and know from whom the invitation was received. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor explains that when we accept the invitation to come and worship the Lord, The lord is glorify and people are edified. We are never the same after being in the presence of the Lord in worship. Pastor expands this thought in this message he entitles An Exciting Invitation.
Sun, Jul 02, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 4 secs
In certain stages of life, a person can find themselves not being sure of how to move forward into the unknown. From new graduates asserting themselves into the adult world to newly weds just beginning life in marriage, even to experienced individuals stepping into retirement, the path forward can seem as uncharted territory. Today on standing on the word, pastor Victor encourages us to trust God with all your heart and acknowledge Him, for God will direct your path. Pastor shares this message he entitled Uncharted Territory".
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 4 secs
At the end of his life, our pastor’s great grandfather said to his son, “Always stick with the church”. Those simple, eloquent words were the legacy he left for him. It may not have seemed immediately apparent, but those words were worth far more than any inheritance he could ever hope to receive. For Inheritances are worldly riches that by their very nature are uncertain. Inheritances are disposable items that do not necessarily prepare the next generations for the future. However, an inheritance pales in comparison to a legacy. Today on Standing on the word, Pastor Victor help us understand that Legacies last beyond one’s years here on earth and are a testimony to what faith in God can do. A legacy assures that fear in the Lord is instilled in us and provides wisdom, as fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Pastor Victor explains in the message he entitles Legacy Builder.
Sun, May 28, 2017
Passage: John 9:1-12
Duration: 24 mins 48 secs
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