Sr. Pastor Steven Downing answered the call to Pastor in March of 2002 while at the same time; Pastor Pamela J. Downing was being stirred by the Holy Spirit. God was calling them both to a higher calling. As a result of stepping out on faith and answering the call from Jesus; Victorious Christian Living Ministries (VCLM) was birthed in Prince George, VA. The name VCLM was given to our Pastors from the scripture I John 5:4 as a mandate to teach the body of Christ that you can overcome every obstacle and be victorious in every area of your life.
The ministry started in the home of Sr. Pastor Steven and Pastor Pamela J. Downing in Prince George, Virginia. After four months, our pastors stepped out on faith and moved the fellowship. God increased the fellowship and services were being held in the ballroom of the Comfort Inn in Prince George, Virginia and after being told by God to trust Him In 2004, the fellowship moved to their current location in Hopewell, VA where God has met every need and God continues to add to this exciting faith based multi-ethnic, multi-cultural ministry. However, we are anticipating a greater move of God as we are looking forward to moving into our new worship edifice in the near future as we embark in greater ministry for the Kingdom of God.
The Bible and the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings and complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
God--There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ--Jesus Christ is true God and true man having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead; ascended into heaven; where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit--The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to convict men of sin; regenerate the believing sinner; indwell; guide; instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
Man--Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
Salvation--The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe. Only those who receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
The Return of Jesus Christ--The personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ is our hope and has a vital bearing on the personal lives and service of the believer.
Future Events--There will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead and the believer will have everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord. The unbeliever will receive judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
The Church--The true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and is united together in the body of Christ, which He is the head.
Baptism and Communion--Water baptism by immersion soon after accepting Christ as your personal Savior is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life. The Lord's Supper is a memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ; all true believers and only believers should share in it.
The Victorious Christian Living Ministries God given purpose and mission is to transform the lives of people with the Gospel of Christ to be victorious in every area of their lives. Our heart and vision includes both our local community and the world. Our values are based on God's Word and our central goal is to continually fulfill God's plan and vision by reaching a hurting world with the Gospel; as we go out beyond the four walls of the church, fulfilling Christ's commission to make disciples in all nations. We are victorious in every area of our lives. I John 5:4