In all His dealings with His children, God has always demonstrated His guidance when we allow Him to lead us. Such was the mindset of a small group of believers who, on December 3, 1983 assembled for their first worship service. The location was a rented Episcopal church at 4401 Matilda Avenue in the Bronx. Lead by its first pastor, Samuel Bulgin, a group of 84 charter members and other brothers and sisters, the group began worshipping as a company.
Observing the steady growth of the young group, the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists conferred on it the status of a full-fledged church. On May 26, 1984 it was officially known as the Victory Seventh-day Adventist church. On that date, Pastor Raymond Saunders, Ministerial Director of the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists delivered the inaugural sermon of the newly organized church.
It was entitled "Rendezvous on the Sea of Glass."
On January 10, 1987, the Victory church moved to another rented facility located at 716 E.233rd Street, also in the Bronx, the home of Refuge Temple Annex. Even before moving from the Matilda Avenue location, the idea of acquiring its own worship facility was beginning to germinate in the minds its members. With much prayer, personal sacrifice and great faith, the lot on which the church now stands was acquired. On January 12, 1989 construction began on the new edifice.
We all anticipated that construction would have continued until the building was complete. Unfortunately, however, that was not the case. The process experienced myriad delays. While some members expressed frustration at the slow pace of construction, we took comfort in the fact that God work knows no haste or delay and that it would be completed at a time of His own choosing. It should also be mentioned that the membership of the church was steadily expanding. On December 31, 1989 the membership stood at 302.
The evening of Friday September 27, 1991 was a very memorable one. Construction on the building was finally complete. At approximately 7:30 that evening the pastor, members and friends of the Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church worshipped in the new church building for the first time. The next day was the first full Sabbath spent worshipping in the building that the members could call their permanent church home.
In spite of the relief and joy each member experienced, it was somewhat bittersweet. Three members who started the journey, Bertha Jeffries, our first organist, Ephraim Swaby and Nelson Turner passed away before construction was completed. Though they now lie asleep awaiting the call of the Life giver, their contributions will never be forgotten.
In October of 1992, after nearly nine years as its pastor, Pastor Bulgin was transferred to another district. On November 17, 1992, Pastor H. Hugh Maynard-Reid was installed as the new pastor. After serving for almost three years he was transferred and Pastor Horace Russell was introduced to the congregation as the new pastor on November 1, 1995.
It was during his tenure that the church had its official opening on May 26,1996, exactly twelve years after Victory was organized. He was transferred in January of 2001 and Pastor Bancroft Daughma assumed the leadership of Victory along with his associate Pastor Lincoln Smith in February.
In addition to Pastor Smith, Victory was served by Pastors Howard Martin, Reginald Chery, Shane Vidal and Gregory Carrol as associates. Pastor Daughma served for four years and was replaced by Pastor Easton Marks. After he was transferred Pastor Ernie Wright, Jr. became pastor until he was replaced after just over three years by Interim Pastor Dr. Alanzo Smith . In April 2015 the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventist appointed Dr. Milton G. Gregory as the church’s new pastor.
In its thirty years of existence, Victory has spawned two off springs; the South Bronx Community Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Three Angels Seventh-day Adventist Church. We have been blessed with many internationally known preachers and singers. We have also been blessed with a committed group of members, without whose unwavering support we would not have made it thus far. With our current membership of 643, we thank God for his blessings for these three decades.
The Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church is part of a world-wide organization with more than 15 million members in countries around the world. We would be happy to have you join us in worship or at one of the church events listed on our calendar.
About Seventh-day Adventists
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit--make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone. More >>
What Seventh-day Adventists Believe
As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways: More >>
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. More >>