Who We Are

We are a culturally diverse church focused on meeting the needs of our congregation and local community without compromising the message of Jesus Christ. We provide ministry and ministerial opportunities for members of our church that will help them grow in their personal relationship with Christ.  We are Church of God. For More information, see Virginia Church of God website.

Our Vision

A Christ-centered church, committed to being an instrument of God to bring permanent change in the lives of people spiritually, economically, and physically around the world.

Our Mission

To be a body with diversity of cultures gathering with one purpose – making disciples of Christ.

What We Believe

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary.
  • That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead.
  • That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
  • Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
  • In the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saints’ feet.
  • In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.

Statement of Identity

The Church of God, with international headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, traces its roots to 1886 in a meeting house located at Barney Creek in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. The Christian Union was organized with eight members. Since that inauspicious start, the Church of God has become an international church with a membership approaching 4 million. The Church of God is a grassroots organization with an appeal to and a concern for the common man and his needs.”

Declaration of Faith

The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.

Doctrinal Commitments

  • The following Doctrinal Commitments represent the core beliefs of the denomination as outlined in Scripture.
  • Repentance. Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19.
  • Justification. Romans 5:1; Titus 3:7.
  • Regeneration. Titus 3:5.
  • New birth. John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9.
  • Sanctification subsequent to justification. Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:12.
  • Holiness. Luke 1:75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14.
  • Water baptism. Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 8:36, 38.
  • Baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to cleansing; the denouement of power for service. Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49, 53; Acts 1:4-8.
  • The speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost. John 15:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7.
  • The Church. Exodus 19:5, 6; Psalm 22:22; Matthew 16:13-19; 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 7:38; 20:28; Romans 8:14-17: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 12:12-31; 2 Corinthians 6:6-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:9, 21; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 2:12; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:6, 7; Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17.
  • Spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1.
  • Signs following believers. Mark 16:17-20; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4.
  • Fruit of the Spirit. Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11.
  • Divine healing provided for all in the Atonement. Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24.
  • The Lord’s Supper. Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
  • Washing the saints’ feet. John 13:4-17; 1 Timothy 5:9, 10.
  • Tithing and giving. Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10; Luke 11:42; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 16:2; Hebrews 7:1-21.
  • Restitution where possible. Matthew 3:8; Luke 19:8, 9.
  • Premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years. Zechariah 14:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:10; 19:11-21; 20:4-6.
  • Resurrection. John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5, 6.

LEADERSHIP

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Pastors Sam & Donna Luke
Senior Pastors

Sam Luke answered the call of God at the early age of seventeen. He began his ministry by preaching on the street corner in a small rural town in Georgia. Since that time, Rev. Luke has reached out to millions in the United States and many foreign countries with a Christ-centered message of salvation, healing and deliverance. Rev. Luke received his formal education from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennesse.

For eleven years, Rev. Luke conducted crusades in churches and citywide trans-denominational meetings, as well as special meetings for his denomination. He is the author of several books and sacred music albums. He served as Pastor Pro Tem and Associate Pastor of the National Church of God in Washington, D.C. for three years.

Sam Luke and his wife, Donna Sears Luke, (also a graduate of Lee University) served as pastor of the Oak Park Church of God in Mobile, Alabama, for eight years. While there, the church experienced phenomenal growth, from 167 in attendance to a record of 1,538, with over 1,000 new members joining the fellowship.

In September 1992, he and Donna moved to Hamilton, Ohio, to pastor the Princeton Pike Church of God, one of the largest churches in his denomination. Under his leadership, a new 4,000 seat auditorium was built on 100 acres to accommodate the ever-increasing number of worshipers who attended the three worship services every Sunday.

On March 7, 2004, Pastor Sam became the Senior Pastor of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center in the Detroit, Michigan

area where the congregation enjoyed continued success for 6 years.

In March of 2010, the Lukes moved to metropolitan Richmond, Virginia to serve as the Senior Pastor of Victory Tabernacle Church of God. Pastor Sam and the “Victory” family produce a weekly telecast, “Miracles Still Happen” which is seen each Sunday morning at 8:00 am on FOX, WRLH in Richmond.

Pastor Sam, over the years, has been involved in serving the community through agencies designed to help the needy. He has served on the Butler County Children’s services board in Ohio and founded a home for single mothers in Ohio, and is presently involved in a weekly feeding program for underprivileged families in Virginia.

Pastor and Donna Luke have one daughter who is married to Evan Ballard and are the grandparents of Zion Grace Ballard.  Sarah and Evan serve with them in the ministry at Victory Tabernacle where they are Student Ministries Pastors.

ERIC HUGHES
Executive Pastor

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Pastor Eric Hughes

Eric Hughes is the Lead Assistant Pastor of Church Administration. He is a credentialed, ordained minister with the Missionary Baptist of South Carolina. He is married to Karla Hughes and has two beautiful children: Garland and Lindsey. Eric grew up in South Carolina. After high school he attended Chowan College and East Carolina University. He majored in Banking and Finance and earned degrees in Business Administration from each. Eric has worked in the financial services arena for over 21 years.

Eric is an accomplished and anointed teacher. Eric teaches and facilitates workshops on Christian finances and stewardship for many churches and associations. We are blessed to have someone of his caliber and integrity on staff.

JEREMY CROMWELL
Evangelism/Media Pastor

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Pastor Jeremy Cromwell

Jeremy Cromwell extended his 20 plus years of service in the ministry by joining the Victory Tabernacle staff in 1999. He served as Youth Pastor of Victory Tabernacle for eight years. Jeremy currently holds the position of Evangelism/Outreach pastor. He also has a background rich in theater. He has used this gift as an avenue of ministry, not only with the youth, but is currently utilizing drama at outreach events. Jeremy has taught various camps, conferences and seminars across the country and has served on various state committees. With a background rich in inner city ministry, he continues to share the love of Jesus to a hurting world.

Jeremy also serves as Multi Media coordinator where he oversees the production of messages and special services on CD, DVD, and the internet.

Jeremy is joined in ministry by his wife, Angela. They have been blessed by their lovely daughter, Ashlee. Together they share a love for God, Victory Tabernacle and people.

JUAN CARLOS ROCA
Hispanic Pastor
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CALVIN TORNES
Music Pastor
EVAN & SARAH BALLARD
Student Ministry Pastors

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Pastors Evan & Sarah Ballard

Evan and Sarah met in 2012 when Evan was in Campus Choir with Lee University and Sarah joined with the choir on their spring tour. The two were married in April of 2016 and welcomed their daughter Zion in May 2017. Sarah was raised in ministry as the daughter of senior pastor, Sam Luke. She has recently left the medical field where she worked as a nurse for 6 years to join her husband Evan in ministry. Evan is a native of North Carolina and is currently enrolled in Victory Tabernacle School of Ministry. The two moved to Richmond Virginia from Chattanooga Tennessee in 2016 and now serve as Student Ministry Pastors with a passion for younger generations.

Pastors Juan Carlos & Maria Rocca

The Roca’s were born in Guatemala, Central America. In 1987, the Lord opened doors for them to immigrate to Canada were they lived for nine years. Pastor Roca started his training in the ministry attending Metro Toronto School of the Bible. In 1998, the Roca’s were sent to Belize to work as missionaries under the supervision of Church of God in Belize. After becoming members of the church, they attended “Sebipca” (Seminario Biblico de Centro America) and worked as translators for many mission teams throughout Central America.

In 2004, the Roca’s joined the Victory Tabernacle family, becoming the Hispanic Pastors, along with their three beautiful children Sara, Karla and Jacob. They are serving the Lord in the best of their abilities.

Pastor Calvin Tornes

Calvin I. Tornes is a licensed minister with the Church of God, International (Cleveland TN) and currently serves as the Worship Pastor at Victory Tabernacle Church of God. With over 20 years of ministry leadership experience, he has served the body of Christ holding positions as Choir Director, Minister of Music, Associate Pastor, and Executive Pastor. He has supported the work of the ministry by serving on state, local, and international church boards, such as the Eastern North Carolina Church of God State Music Board, the Church of God Southeast Regional Fellowship Music Board, and the Executive Board for Eastern North Carolina Church of God Black Ministries.

A native of North Carolina, Calvin received formal education and extensive training in Music Education and Performing Arts at Fayetteville State University. However, his most cherished accomplishments are being the husband of one wife, Teshauna, and father of two children, Ava and Avery. He and Teshauna completed Calling and Ministries Studies (2011) and The Ministerial Internship Program (2012) through the Church of God School of Ministry. As a compassionate servant leader, constantly in pursuit of God’s will for his life, Calvin is an empty vessel always ready to receive from the Father, so that he may pour out into the hearts, minds, and lives of others.

RICH PERRY
Middle School Pastor
DEANNA LOVEDAY
Day Care Director
MELODY UNDERWOOD
Executive Secretary
RICK CONNER
Prison Pastor
BOB & BARBARA GOODRICH
Visitation Pastors

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Pastors Bob & Barbara Goodrich

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Pastor Rick Conner

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BILL & CAROLYN FIELDING
Healing Pastors

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Pastors Bill & Carolyn Fielding

Bill and Carolyn Fielding joined the ministerial staff in 2011. They each have over 30 years of ministry experience with their primary focus in the Healing Ministries.

Pastor Carolyn is an ordained minister. She felt the call of God on her life at a young age and preached her first sermon at age 16. After earning her degree in music, she served in several states as a Worship leader, Pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, and Prayer Minister. During this time, Carolyn was also the State Director of Youth and Children in Idaho. Since she came to Virginia, she was the Director of Small Group Ministry, Single Adult Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Single Mom’s Ministry and Divorce Recovery. Because of an extensive background in finance, she has served church leaders as a financial consultant. She enjoys preaching, teaching, and singing.

Pastor Bill is an ordained minister. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. After accepting the call to ministry, he went to seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree. After seminary, Bill started a non-denominational church in Stuart, Florida and pastored there for 19 years. After coming to Virginia in 1997, Bill was the Director of the Healing Ministry at another local church.

In 2004, Pastors Carolyn and Bill were married and combined their ministries to complement each other. In 2006, they formed Rapha Healing Ministries to teach, train, and equip other churches and leaders in the Healing Ministries. Together they have seven adult children and ten grandchildren.

Deanna Loveday

Deanna Loveday has been a member at Victory Tabernacle since 1995 and has served on staff in several areas of ministry. She has been our Children’s Pastor, CE director of the children’s program, Royal Rangers and Missionettes, and is currently our Child Development Center Director. She is also a credentialed minister with Church of God, graduated high school at Prince Edward Academy, and continues her education at Lee University and John Tyler. Secondary to ministry she is a registered Pharmacy Technician with the state of Virginia and maintains her education with the Board of Pharmacy with the goal of becoming Nationally Certified.

Deanna has been married for 30 years to her husband, Dale Loveday, and has 3 terrific children, Amber, Dustin and Jacob. She is also a proud grandmother to Hadley Essence Loveday; Deanna was born and raised in Farmville, Virginia and moved to Chesterfield in 1980.

Melody Underwood

Melody is the daughter of retired missionaries and grew up all over the world. Melody is married to her husband, Jim Underwood of 27 years, and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Krystal and Keri. She is the proud grandmother of two granddaughters, McKayla and Shayne.

Melody has been on staff since August of 2001 and is the Executive Secretary. She completed her formal education at Liberty University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Melody is currently working on her Masters in Professional Counseling.

Melody is the ministry leader for the Prayer Force Prayer Ministry. Her hobbies include singing, reading, painting, and needlework.

Pastor Rich Perry

Rich Perry was born and raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and moved to Virginia in 2005. Rich has been a member of Victory Tabernacle for the past 13 years. Rich knew he was called to ministry at a very young age. Upon graduating high school, Rich pursued a degree in nursing until he decided to attend ministry school and pursue his calling. He attended Remnant School of Ministry in Alabama in 2013. In 2015, Rich graduated from Remnant School of Ministry and Global University with a focus in Biblical studies. Rich has been given the opportunity to travel the country and minister through preaching, worship and drama ministry during his time at Remnant School of Ministry. He has also traveled outside the country to minister through preaching and worship ministry. Rich’s passion is to see a generation desperate for the presence of God. Rich became a licensed Church of God Minister in 2017 and is currently serving as the Middle School Youth Pastor at Victory Tabernacle.

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