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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, Feb 09, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In Revelation, the final book of the Bible, in chapter 19, verses 11 through 16, John beholds Jesus riding on a white horse and called him Faithful and True, restoring the people’s hope. Jesus has never left our side and has given us hope, as well. He has opened blocked pathways and because of him we know that all are worthy. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and has dominion over all other rulers.

Why you may ask does Jesus deserve his lofty title? Our pastor gives us three powerful reasons. The first reason is because of who he is. Jesus is faithful, and he is true. Because he is faithful, we can always depend on him. He is a promise keeper. Therefore, we owe him our unwavering allegiance. Because he is true, he is worthy of our trust.

Secondly, Jesus deserves his title because of what he does. The Lord makes righteous judgements and wages war on our behalf. He fights for us when we do not have the fortitude, and when we lack the courage. All we must do is be present because the battle belongs to him.

Lastly, he is deserving because of what he says. The word of God is his weapon. The word slays all enemies. He has no need for guns, knives or weapons of mass destruction. His word frightens our adversaries. God’s word is our weapon and has sustained us for over 400 years in this our tortuous, majestic, beloved country. The word is the weapon of choice for the believer. Keep it in on your tongue and use it for the victory.

Jesus, Faithful and True, warrior and defender of righteousness, ride on! You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, so ride on!
Sun, Feb 02, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This Sunday our pastor revisits Colossians 2: 6-7, considering it from another angle. He focused on the metaphor, ‘built up in him’. In last week’s sermon, we were reminded that we are rooted in Jesus Christ. Today he emphasizes we are built up in him. So that we are not confused, we are provided clarity through Pastor Victor’s examination of the text in its entirety. He helps us by expanding on the meaning of this metaphor.

Firstly, elevation means that we have been built to last and possess an upward disposition. We are of purposeful design and durable construction. Christians are structurally sound. Even financial hardships, losses, difficult relationships, illnesses and bouts of melancholy cannot destroy our foundation. God’s children are elevated and poised to withstand anything by always look up.

Because we are in Christ, we are inspired. Inspiration gives us vision and the ability to recognize potential. Our nature is to uplift others and live with a spirit of hope. The Holy Spirit within allows us to imagine something better. We have the power to see situations differently. We are not deterred by what seems impossible; instead we are focused on infinite possibilities.

Motivation launches us from inspiration to aspiration. The Lord has built us to aspire for the highest of human possibilities and be the best version of ourselves. The spirit of the Lord gives us such resilience that we are not overcome by the challenges of the world. As Christians we know downward spirals are merely temporary, and therein lies our hope. We are built to last. We are built for eternity.
Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This Sunday’s sermon text was Colossians 2: 6–7, and this week the pastor emphasized being rooted in Jesus Christ. Although Christians sometimes elevate Jesus to a level where he seems inaccessible, he is always available to us. We live in Christ and we are privileged to be rooted in him. Consider three essential functions of roots that help us to comprehend this privilege.

First, just as healthy roots provide nutrients for a plant to grow strong and produce good fruit, being rooted in Christ feeds us. Divine nurture means we live in his grace. His goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. Conversely, being fed by evil results in lives dominated by greed, fear and hatred.

Another function of a root is to develop more roots. A Christian grounded in Jesus is obliged to tell the story of his goodness. Surely, you agree that hearing a testimony within church walls is inspiring. However, sharing testimony with those who have not yet received Jesus Christ can be transformative. Sharing the word grows the community of believers. The spirit of the Lord flourishes when people deeply rooted in him tell others all about it.

Finally, stability results when souls are anchored in the Lord. The remedy for the instability that we experience today is being grounded in the Savior. Relying on Jesus as our root system, means we remain sturdy, unmovable, and steadfast in the face of the uncertainty and challenges that can unnerve the weak. Invariably, life will be filled with furious storms, harsh trials and seemingly unbearable pain. Do not worry, just hold on; he has us and he will not let go.

So, allow your Christian roots to nurture you. If you do this, you will always bear good fruit, you will spread the good news, and you will always stand firm.
Sun, Jan 19, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
On this first Sunday of a brand-new decade, our pastor shared with us an exciting theme for 2020. The theme is, “Being and Becoming: Living Our Identity in Christ”. The sermon text was taken from Colossians 2: 6-7, which focuses on living in union with Christ.

The pastor delves into the issue of those who are faithful to the church looking upon people who do not attend with a level of disdain. Pastor Victor asked the assembled church regulars to be self-reflective. Have we simply chosen church, or are we truly living our lives in him? He provides instruction to help us arrive at the answer.

In order to radically adhere and commit to the way of Jesus Christ, we must first receive him and be open. Are we vessels ready to be filled with his spirit, his power, his peace, his love supreme, and his purpose for our lives? When we receive him, Jesus in turn receives us. What a comfort to know that when we are immersed in Christ, we have permanent access to his divine protection.

Secondly, choosing the Christian option means we do not leave our Christianity in the vestibule on Sunday. Christianity is our way of life. We live as Christians no matter where we are, and even when no one is watching. It matters not if we are in church worshiping, in the eye of the public-at-large or relaxing at home. We always choose him. Finally, choosing the Christian option means there is continuity. After we have made Jesus our choice, there are no starts and stops. There is no turning away from this easy choice. Jesus Christ is the only way. Now that you know of his goodness, wouldn’t you choose him all over again?
Sun, Dec 22, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
With Christmas fast approaching, our pastor takes his text from Matthew 2:7-12. This is very important scripture as we commemorate the birth of the Christ child, and like the wise men we also find ourselves surrounded by fools and foolishness. We can learn from the wisdom of the Magi who knew to follow the star, though as they traveled they encountered King Herod, a conniving, tragic fool. The lesson we learn today is how to handle the company of fools.

Although one is respectful of those in authority, wisdom follows ultimate authority. Instead of living a life to please people, those who are wise always follow the Lord, and desire to be in relationship with Him. It may be costly when we break with worldly authority, but Christians seek to represent His kingdom here on earth.

The wise men celebrated the birth of Christ, even as the narcissist ruler tried to trick them. The world cannot rob us of the overwhelming joy we experience because of the presence of the Prince of Peace in our lives. Jesus’ birth is our source of unspeakable joy. Hatred, mean-spiritedness, troubles, trials, nor tribulations are a match for this overwhelming joy. Therefore, we adore Him and we celebrate!

We also learn from the scripture that wise people have an uncanny ability to recognize another way. Instead of being led by societal norms, they are directed by a moral compass, the true north. In our divided country, separated by fear and a lack of respect for universal humanity, the wise look up for direction. Situations may not change, however, after we meet Jesus; we change.

Most assuredly we will sometimes find ourselves in the company of fools. However, the wise, those who follow Christ, always know how to handle misguided fools.
Sun, Dec 15, 2019
Nothing is more appropriate on this last communion Sunday of the year than focusing on worship.

Our pastor’s sacred text is taken from Matthew 2:1-2. In these verses the wise men are seeking the newborn King. The Magi from the East’s declaration of devotion to the Christ child during King Herod’s murderous rule remind us why we must remain steadfast and devoted to God in our own turbulent times. The wise men first worshiped the Lord by asking the right question.

They followed the star and asked where they could find Jesus. This apropos question led to an opportunity to have an encounter with the Holy One. In order to receive what you need or discover what you are hoping to find, you must not be afraid to inquire. An intimate relationship with God means you can ask Him anything. Secondly, their desire to worship the Lord led them to keep looking.

Never stop seeking God because if you do, you will not find Him. When you are faced with life’s challenges and evil forces surround you, look for Him. In the midst of your troubles, when He feels so far away, be still and see God at work. Do we not seek Him most fervently during periods of devastation? No matter what you are going through, just keep looking for Him. He is with you.

Lastly, showing up is worship. When you truly show up and give of yourself, God will draw closer as well. Remember, in this special season of giving, presents without presence are empty; they are hollow. Just show up with an open heart. Declare your devotion to Christ with real presence. By being present, all will be well with your soul.
Sun, Dec 08, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Although we may appear to have it together on the outside, every now and then we all need a faith tune-up on the inside. There is no better passage of scripture suited for this maintenance check than Philippians 4:6. Paul told the church at Philippi to leave worry behind by humbly praying with thanksgiving in every situation. Our pastor reminds us that we too can reset and retune our faith by revisiting this succinct, eloquent text.

Do you toss and turn all night? Feel stressed about your future, the future of those you love, or more generally about the fate of our nation? When anxiety robs you of peace that surpasses understanding, and your current dilemma is all-consuming, you are likely overdue for a faith tune-up.

Be anxious for nothing and remember that God has always seen you through. Recognize that He has another move. Make your petitions known by praying with a humble heart, acknowledging that when you cannot, He can. He can do all things. So, continue walking in faith, with your head held high.

Prayer is the permission slip that liberates us from our worries. Hold your permission slip close to your heart. Never, ever leave it behind. When you pray, assume the appropriate posture, acknowledging God’s superiority, with a spirit of thanksgiving. Be a high performance, optimized Christian. Get your faith tune-up often.
Sun, Dec 01, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Sun, Nov 17, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 4 secs
In 1st Corinthians chapter 1, verses 1-13, Apostle Paul writes to a morally lax, messy church that they are called to be Jesus’ holy people. Our pastor reminds us that every church, not just the church at Corinth, is imperfect. We should leave expectations for a spotless church experience at the door. However, just as Paul refers to the Corinthians as saints, we are also saints.

Our curiosity is now peaked, and thankfully Pastor Victor does not leave us wondering why we, sinners all, are saints. He goes on to define the substance of saints. A saint is first and foremost saved. Having met Jesus Christ, we are never the same. Because of his grace and blessings, we have experienced a marvelous transformation. We are better than we were.

Secondly, saints are equipped for the task. God provides to us gifts to complete our given assignment. Our particular assets are to be used to make a difference right where we are, or wherever He calls us to go. Your gift may be one of loving kindness, a keen intellect, or dazzling eloquence. Use it to create transformation in your small corner of the world, or all over the globe.

Lastly, saints are those who call on Jesus. We who call on the Lord as our savior are one universal family. He has a claim on our lives because we have been saved by His blood. This claim, this ownership, means there is an exchange. Our wrongs can be exchanged for what is right. Emptiness can be exchanged for wholeness, sadness for joy.

As followers of Christ Jesus, saved by His grace, we are all saints.
Sun, Sep 22, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The story of Jonah may be one of the most familiar of all the stories in the bible. However, our pastor invites us to revisit this story to remind us of God’s power and renew our faith. The text is taken from the 17th verse of the first chapter of Jonah, and the 2nd chapter verses, 1- 10. The passage reminds us that God always see us and protects us, even in our downward spirals. In the underbelly of the whale, in overwhelming distress, Jonah prayed to the Lord.

In our own desperation, we too can pray to God. Desperate times call for desperate prayers. Although not eloquent and poetic, these prayers have depth because they express our immediate needs. He hears our desperate, distress prayers because they are earnest and originate from our belief in Him.

Prayers from down under signify our indebtedness. Praying while we are at our lowest and drowning in hopelessness acknowledges Him. These prayers are full of thanksgiving. We know we can count on Him because He has been there for us before. We have no doubt that help is on the way and we will not perish. Through weary years and silent tears, our ancestors prayed these prayers, giving thanks for a brighter future they would not see.

Jonah’s tale reminds us that Lord is our deliverer. From the darkness of down under, God delivered Jonah. He will deliver us, too. He will hear our prayer; He will speak to whatever circumstance in which we find ourselves. Turning from Him will not cause Him to turn from us. Prayer will deliver us out of distress. So, keep on praying from down under. He will lift you up.

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