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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, Jun 06, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This holiday weekend we pause to honor, mourn and remember military personnel who have died serving our country. We will never forget those who have given their all for this nation. In today’s text, Malachi 3:16-18, God reminded His people that they would be remembered and spared. His people will see a distinction between the righteous and the unrighteous. Pastor Victor’s sermon reminds us that though we may experience anguish watching evildoers prosper and seemingly benefit from their wicked ways, God still has a book of remembrance.

In the book of remembrance, God is making keen observations and taking copious notes. He is aware of the goodhearted and those who are wicked. Because God is sovereign, He is always in charge. The text tells us that God spares the righteous. He will always provide protection from the dangers before us and those that are unseen. When things we desire are delayed or withheld, that is God’s way of shielding us from that which will do us harm.

When God acts, there will indeed be a resolution of this conflict between good and evil. We ourselves will then have the gifts of discernment and knowledge. Until God moves, we must co-exist with the unrighteous. That is alright because we can be very sure that our God will ultimately move on our behalf. God remembers and He never forgets that we belong to Him. The Lord knows our hearts and He will keep on saving us, redeeming us, and loving us.
Sun, May 30, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As we are now fifty days past Easter, today we joyfully commemorate the Birthday of the Church. This significant day is known as Pentecost Sunday. In the text, Zechariah 4:1-7, Zerubbabel, head of the exiled Jews, receives a message from the Lord. Although this leader did not possess the power nor the might to complete the task before him, there was a greater force at work. The force of the Holy Spirit of God can accomplish anything. In this sermon, Pastor Victor points out three things the Lord’s spirit does for all of us.

First, the Holy Spirit performs the unimaginable. By His spirit complete restorations and inspiring comebacks can be achieved. Burdens can be lifted, the sick can be made well, and the disconsolate can be consoled. Secondly, God creates for us encounters. In His temple we are able to communicate with the Lord. When we least expect it, He will be there, so do not lose hope. Expect the unexpected. Finally, the Spirit of the Lord facilitates empowerment. By His Spirit we are all empowered to finish our assigned tasks. Others may seem to possess more power and might than we will ever know, however, their status and position can never match the Lord’s Spirit within us.

The harrowing times we are moving through, the absolute abuses of power we have witnessed, and the recovery that sometimes seems too sluggish, can leave us with a sense of despair and helplessness. Cheer up my beloved, for there is always a greater force moving in our lives. This divine force is not power, nor is it might. Most assuredly, it is the force of the ever-present Holy Spirit -- performing the unimaginable, creating encounters and facilitating empowerment designed for each of us to fulfill our own unique earthly purpose.
Sun, May 16, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Even in times like these we can be very sure of God’s goodness, holding on to Him to anchor us just as He steadied King David. Today Pastor Victor takes his text from Psalm 27: 13-14, and truly this is a passage that we can keep in our hearts during this woefully distressing and persistently challenging point in our collective lives. We are living with such unrelenting crises that we may nearly faint in order to preserve ourselves. But never fear; this scripture helps to sustain us in our weakness, all the while reminding us to remain of good courage.

There are two things in the text the pastor tells us will keep us from losing consciousness, or staying woke, while we are waiting on God. The first is believing that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Through eyes of faith, we see something different than the reality before us. Our own faith-filled perception protects us in times of trouble.

The second thing that keeps us from fainting is not at all complex. Verse 14 of Psalm 27 says, “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.” While we are waiting, we are to stay encouraged knowing that God is always doing something on our behalf. The bible and our own experience teach us that we will see His goodness in the Lord’s earthly kingdom.

By looking through the lens of faith, our vision is clearer than we can see with our human eyes. We have the ability to see something better than the current situation. We know of God’s good nature and character, and therefore we stay encouraged as we wait on the Lord. He will strengthen our heart to endure whatever life has in store for us. Be confident of God’s blessings to come in this life, for most assuredly they are on the way.
Sun, May 09, 2021
Passage: John 11:45-53
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor concludes his uplifting sermon series, “Postlude to the Resurrection”. He takes his text from John 11:45-53, in which those with Mary saw that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead and they believed in Him. They witnessed that God is able to give life even to things that have been pronounced dead. Lazarus’s very existence is proof positive of the miracle-working power of God. p.

Lazarus’s existence after his death is not only a true testament to Him, it is also a tangible testimony for the entire community to witness. Most certainly their faith was strengthened and fortified through the clear evidence and undeniable facts. We are encouraged to look back over our own lives in order to recognize that we are both a testament and a testimony to the Lord, as well. Undoubtedly, we have endured perilous, frightening and dark times. Yet here we stand only because God is able.

The way we live our lives is testament and testimony to what God is capable of. When others can see for themselves how God restores, renews and rejuvenates, they too come to Jesus to be transformed. They too want the new life that only the Lord’s power can give.

The Lord has transformative, restorative, re-energizing power. We can make a global impact and accomplish great things when we stay connected to the vine, Jesus Christ. So, watch out world for only the Lord’s power can manage us. Because His glorious power can give new life, we live authentically. We live with no fear!
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
Passage: John 11:38-44
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As we are now experiencing the postlude to the glorious resurrection, it is time for us to consider what we as Christians are to do with our recent liberation from our own confinement. Taking his text from the eleventh chapter of John, verses 38-44, today Pastor Victor hones in on Jesus’ command directed at Lazarus to come out of his tomb. The sermon reveals to us the liberation strategy Jesus provides in this passage of scripture. This is a proven strategy to which we can adhere to live freely, as well.

Jesus not only tells Lazarus to come out of his burial place, He also tells those engaged in entombing Lazarus to unbind him, to loose him. Even after a life-altering encounter with Jesus, acceptance of Him as Lord and Savior, the Christian community may continue to confine us and limit someone’s ability to live as God intends. Jesus further directs us to let go of the past that can no longer define who we are. God intends for us to live for a unique purpose and give Him the glory.

The real work of the church is to employ the liberation strategy that Jesus designed, allowing all to be loosed from that which keeps us imprisoned in the decaying, dead places in our lives. When we unravel ourselves from the past by letting go and encouraging others to do the same, we are all liberated. God’s goodness shines through us, and truly we become beacons of hope; we become the light of the world.
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Passage: John 11:38-44
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
It is Resurrection Sunday so let us rejoice for He is Risen! On this joyful morning, our pastor takes his text from John 11: 38-44, and in the passage we find a disturbed Jesus asking where his friend Lazarus has been laid. After the stone is rolled away, the Lord calls for Lazarus to come out of the tomb, demonstrating to the witnesses that He is the resurrection and the life. Lazarus being raised from the dead is truly a prelude to the resurrection of our Savior.

Pastor Victor wants us to understand how we can live with resurrection that is not fully realized. He knows that we sometimes struggle with our own faith in the tensive period. Truly there are real deterrents to divine activity and authority, along with decomposition (i.e., situations that seem beyond hope) and some level of disbelief. These all limit our faith in what God can do.

Though we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, living in the period where Jesus’ resurrection power is available, yet not fully realized is not easy. Scientific evidence may tell us one thing; however, our faith tells us that the Lord still has authority. We can expect divine commitment to form our faith. The depth of our faith will see us through. The bible also tells us that the Lord sees us and calls us by our name.

Christ thanked His Father, our heavenly Father, for hearing Him. He then demonstrated with the resurrection of Lazarus a sign of things to come. The Lord has the power and authority to release us from any tomb that dares to hold us back from living a full and purpose-filled life. Even in the tensive time that we live in, we must keep the faith and be assured that Jesus surely is the resurrection and He is the life.
Sun, Apr 04, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Sun, Mar 28, 2021
Passage: John 11:17-27
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Following the winter of our discontent, which was riddled with sickness, death, despair and isolation, spring is finally here. With the arrival of this spirit-lifting vernal equinox we find that just like in the passage, John 11:17-27, the Lord is right on time. We may have been plagued with weariness and fatigue in the past season, but we now find renewed energy and expectations as the flowers begin to push through the earth, and vaccinations that effectively fight the virus are being distributed throughout the land.

Today, Pastor Victor gives us Christians a fundamental sense of dealing with a God who always shows up right on time. Because Jesus says, “I am the resurrection”, we can anticipate that the Lord is moving in our lives at this very moment. He can immediately provide healing, open closed doors, and turn any situation around. Since Jesus is both the resurrection and the life, He has the ultimate power that is in no way diminished because He does not address our circumstance according to our timetable.

Do not fret over the past or worry about the future. We can be assured that because He is the resurrection and He is the life, Jesus has the power. The Lord is always moving and He is up to something right now. Jesus is life even in the midst of death. The faith of the true believer may sometimes be tinged with some degree of skepticism and some level of doubt. That is alright because faith in who Jesus is is more than enough, and He will always show up right on time. Yes, He will.
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Passage: John 11:7-16
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Even the most devout Christians have been faced with doubt and found themselves perplexed by God’s sometimes obscure instruction. In today’s passage, John 11:7-16, we are reminded that the twelve disciples were baffled by Jesus’ instruction to return to Judea. Because we consider the disciples Christ’s most ardent followers, we can learn from this time when even they questioned His direction.

The first thing we learn from the disciples’ journey with Jesus is willingness leads to walking. When one is willing, they will walk with Christ even if filled with uncertainty and fear. Secondly, exploration leads to explanation. Though confused we must seize any opportunity to move when He says move. As we learn and explore, we grow in our understanding of who God is. The journey teaches us through our own unique experiences the divine mission of God. Finally, following brings favor. Journeying with the Lord is always the right thing to do. That is how we grow stronger in our comprehension and our belief in God’s miracle-working power.

Truly, it is human nature to fall down and harbor a level of doubt from time to time. However, there must be a willingness to walk with Him and explore in order to discover the explanation. Most assuredly when we follow Him we reap His favor. Though we may on occasion fall short on the journey, there is an opportunity to get up again and be prepared to go wherever He leads. Then, we will understand that Jesus is the resurrection, He is the life, and there is no other way.
Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Passage: John 11:1-6
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In this Lenten Season, Pastor Victor is offering to us a new sermon series titled “Prelude to the Resurrection”. The two sisters in today’s passage, John 11:1-6, relied on their faith in the Lord and trusted that because of their relationship with Him, He would help their dying brother. During this sacred season of preparation our faith and trust in God can be strengthened, as well.

God loved the sisters and their brother, and He also loves us. Therefore, He is worthy of our trust. Our pastor shares with us three aspects of love that allow us to trust God to an even greater degree. The first is that love listens. He is always listening to our pleas and we are more like our Savior when we open our hearts, showing genuine love and empathy to others.

Not only does love listen, love always responds. Since love is a verb, the response requires action. Then finally, love is aware of the deeper purposes of God’s plan. Life will most certainly take us through some trials and tribulations, and undoubtedly, we will experience some pain. The purpose we must realize is for our own edification and for God’s glory.

Expand your own love by listening with compassion, responding with acts of kindness and understanding, knowing that you are a part of God’s plan. Ultimately, you will be edified, the Lord will be glorified, and your trust in Him will grow and grow.

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