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, 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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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.
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