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Welcome to Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church. We extend a warm welcome and pray that your time visiting our site will be blessing to you. We would like to introduce you to our Pastors - present and past; who have served the Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Dr. M. G. Gregory
Born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies; Dr Milton G. Gregory spent his formative years in Kingston, Jamaica. West Indies. As an ordained minister he has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for over 34 years in three of the local conferences of Jamaica, West Indies - having worked as District Pastor in the West, Central and East Jamaica Conferences; and two of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Union institutions. He has served as Dean of Men and as Lecturer in the Department of Religion at West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University), and Chaplain of Andrews Memorial Hospital.
In 1989, he was elected Secretary and Sabbath School Director of Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in St. Catherine. Jamaica. West indies; a position he held until 1995, when at the Union Session in October of that year, he was asked to serve as Health Ministries Director and later ( October 2000) also Personal Ministries Director. After having served as President of East Jamaica Conference, a position to which he was elected in July, 2002, Dr. Gregory was called to serve in 2005 at the former West Indies Union Conference as Vice President and Health Ministries Director. Dr. Gregory has served as a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Manchester. Jamaica. West Indies
Dr. Gregory served as Secretary, Health Ministries Director, and Leadership Coordinator for Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh–day Adventists prior to he and his wife Gloria Barnes-Gregory immigrating to the United States to serve as Senior Pastor of the Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Bronx, New York.
Pastor Gregory holds the Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Northern Caribbean University; the Master of Science Degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University, the Master of Arts degree in Religion from Andrews University, and the Doctor of Ministry from Northern Caribbean University. He has certificates from several institutions including Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, Pacific Health Education Centre, California and completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Florida Hospital U.S.A. He holds membership in the American Public Health Association.
Married for 34 years to Gloria, nee Barnes, a former the Dean of the College of Education and Leadership at Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica. West Indies. He and his wife are proud parents of two adult daughters, Kadia and Keleen, two sons in-law, Joseph and Alister and one granddaughter, Azoya.
Dr. Gregory states that his mission in life is to help people to be healthy, happy, and holy.
Albert B. Peterson II
On June 4, 2016 Pastor Peterson and his family officially joined the family of Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church as the Associate Pastor.
Pastor Albert B. Peterson II was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents, Albert and Talaine Peterson, have 8 children. Albert is number 6 and his twin is number 7. Albert attended preschool to 12th grade in public schools. While finishing Schenley High School, studying and hoping to be a rich architect, he asked God what he should do. Albert knew money didn’t buy happiness. God clearly and audibly told him MINISTRY. Ministry was nowhere on list of career options he thought God would give. When Albert attempted to give God some options he thought he could do better than ministry, God spoke again, “Ministry.”
So with his small faith at the time, Albert asked God to confirm this mission through three people. Before leaving for college, God confirmed it through two individuals. Albert applied and was accepted into Columbia Union College and moved to Baltimore, Maryland to prepare for school. While living in Maryland, God told him to go to Oakwood College instead. Two months prior to leaving for Oakwood, Albert traveled back to Pittsburgh. On Sabbath November 30, 2002 was introduced to his friend’s cousin, Ashley Johnson, who happened to be in the Huntsville, AL area where he would soon live. Now a double bonus awaited him in Huntsville; a beauty and a blessing.
At Oakwood, God confirmed through the 3rd and final person. There he obtained a B.A. in Theology and a M.A. in Pastoral Studies. While at Oakwood and following graduation, Albert had the privilege of serving at First SDA Church under the leadership of Pastor Ben Jones, then under Pastor Debleaire Snell along with Pastors Alfred Hill and Alfonzo Greene III. At First Church he begun a children’s baptismal and Bible class where he baptized countless for the Lord and prepared others for baptism after he left.
On September 7, 2008, Albert married the love of his life, Ashley Johnson. They have two boys; Abel, 4 years old, and Aiden, 2 years old (as of June 2016). In January 2013, he accepted the call to Pastor in Southern California Conference with the late President Larry Caviness and the late Dr. A. J. Kelly. While in SCC, Albert has taught Religion at Los Angeles Adventist Academy, and served as the Youth and Associate Pastor at University & Miramonte Blvd SDA Churches in Los Angeles, CA.
On August 15, 2015 Albert was ordained to the Gospel Ministry. He loves to serve the Lord in any capacity, especially with youth and children
Every church, whether large or small, needs a pastor who will shepherd, lead, feed, and guide the people to spiritual growth and service for the Lord Jesus. Pastors shepherd God’s people by caring for them. Sheep that are ill or in distress rely upon their shepherd to tend to them. And when God’s people are distressed or uncertain, they rely on their pastors to bring comfort, instil wisdom, and offer prayer. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14). The pastor has a special function in caring for the people in his charge.
Pastors shepherd God’s people by leading them. Sheep are wandering creatures who are prone to meander out of safety and into all kinds of danger. They need a shepherd who will lead and guide them. In much the same way, Christians need pastors who will provide leadership. This is a specific form of leadership, though, that better equips them to fulfill the ministry to which God has called them. They carry out this leadership by setting an example in godly character, knowing that the pastor’s standard for character is really the standard for every Christian. “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you … being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3).
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)