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Taking the handoff for the anchor leg

ORU alumnus Paul Daugherty and his wife Ashley transitioned into the lead pastor roles of Victory Christian Center two days after speaking at ORU.

“I’m honored and excited to step in as pastor,” Paul Daugherty said. “I feel like God’s hand has been on me since I was a kid, from seeing my mom and dad do what they do, to graduating from our school [Victory Christian School], to graduating from Oral Roberts University.”

Daugherty turned 29 the week after he accepted the lead pastor position at the 14,000-member church. Daughtery is the same age his father, ORU alumnus Billy Joe Daugherty, was when he founded the church in 1981.

“The night my dad passed, I felt like God began to speak to me and said, ‘Serve your mom, and serve the church, and get ready because one day you’re going to step into the position your dad was in,’” said Daugherty.

Graphic by Matthew Dean
Graphic by Matthew Dean

Daugherty said he wished that his dad was at the transition service but he said he knows there was a cloud of witnesses for the event and that his father was looking down cheering him on.

“Some may think you’re young, but tonight age does not mean wisdom. Wisdom comes from God,” President William M. Wilson said to Daugherty at the transition service.

Daugherty is currently working on his master’s degree at ORU, speaks weekly at Victory’s services and ministers to a wide audience through TV and podcasts.

He and Ashley also dedicate time to traveling around the world speaking at churches, conferences and crusades.

Daugherty strives to remain transparent in his preaching style and to remain practical in his messages. He hopes that he will continue to help people feel empowered and challenged to step out and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

“Somebody asked me, ‘What is your agenda for the future?’ I said, ‘Oh, snap’,” said Daugherty.  “And then I thought of it.  My Agenda is for His [God’s] agenda to be fulfilled.”

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