For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
My name is Samuel Lofton III. Romans 8:38-39 are my foundational Bible verses. I was born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and spent 25+ years in the United States Air Force. My Southern roots include a long family history of military service and cultural pride. At the end of my military service, I accepted my call to the ministry and in 2007 preached my first sermon in Wichita Falls, Texas. After completing a series of military obligations, I relocated to the Chicagoland area and became a member of Victory in 2014.
As a life-long learner, I cherish the opportunities and endless possibilities of the educated mind. The value of education was instilled in me at a young age. My passion for learning helped me to earn multiple advanced degrees. In 2021, I earned my Doctor of Ministry degree from the McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago.
Serving God’s people and contributing to the spiritual growth of the brotherhood is truly where I feel the Lord drawing me the greatest. On any given day in reference to the Men’s Ministry, one can hear me say, “Brothers! What happens in the Basement stays in the Basement!”
At Victory, I am currently serving as an Assistant Pastor. I am the Director of Men’s Ministry and Team Leader of the Veterans and Military Affairs Ministry. I also serve in a variety of other ministries: Scholarship Committee, Men’s Sunday school instructor, a small group leader, the men’s choir, a team member of the Gospel of Justice ministry, the Victory Association and the Ministerial Alliance.
Ministry is a passion, but I believe family and recharging my spiritual man is important for ultimate growth. In my time away from the church, I enjoy reading, fellowshipping with the brothers, serving/volunteering in the community, and enjoying time with my wife, Theresa, and travelling to connect with our six adult children and our granddaughter who are located in various states across America.