The Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty, founding pastor of Victory Christian Center, died early Sunday after a short battle with lymphoma. He will be missed by many thousands of grateful souls he touched in Tulsa and worldwide. A remarkable man, he preached most often of Christ’s love and desire for all to live in victory of health, in prosperity, and within the all encompassing grace of God.
The service announcement was made by associate pastor Bruce Edwards. The Victory Christian Center Web Site carries a
statement that begins, “With honor and yet remorse, the leaders of
Victory Christian Center announce the passing of Pastor Billy
Joe Daugherty from this life into the next. We are sad to lose the
presence of our pastor, shepherd, father, and brother. We are thankful,
however, for his life, love, and influence on the individuals
and ministries he inspired for the last 30 years.”
Pastor Daugherty’s last public appearance was the marriage of his son Paul to childhood sweetheart Ashley October 17. At that time, Pastor Daugherty, while obviously frail, beamed with pride as he spoke briefly and blessed the marriage.
One member attending the service today remarked, “In life there are things that happen we don’t like, but as Christians, we keep our eyes on the Lord. We praise Him for Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty and we celebrate his life. The church will go on and fulfill the vision God gave of reaching the lost and sharing God’s love for everyone. We thank God for Pastor Daugherty and the many lives he touched during his time with us.”
A memorial service is being planned for Nov. 30. Click here to read the announcement and the many comments that continue to post from friends and admirers worldwide..