Pastor Ed received his MDiv degree from Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions and was recognized by faculty as the Master of Divinity Student of the Year. He earned his undergraduate degree from Centre College (Danville, KY). Prior to coming to Victory, Pastor Ed served United Methodist congregations in Oklahoma, where he also directed the Oklahoma United Methodist Task Force for Hispanic Ministry.
After coming to Victory (in 1992), Pastor Ed graduated with a DMin degree (2006) through the Beeson Pastor Program, a prestigious full scholarship program of Asbury Theological Seminary. As a Beeson Pastor, in addition to classwork focusing on leadership and biblical preaching, Pastor Ed had the opportunity to travel to some of the fastest growing, cutting edge churches in the United States and Korea.
Pastor Ed has served as a regional leader through involvement with the Assemblies of God and through interdenominational endeavors. He has a passion for a move of God that will bring transformation to the Philadelphia region and beyond.
Jim is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College. He also studied N.T. Greek at the New York School of the Bible, Calvary Baptist Church. Jim served as a pastor for 12 years in Colorado, Alaska, North Dakota, and New Jersey. Jim spent 12 years in the corporate arena in the Banking Services and the Insurance Industries. He is also a certified Corporate Trainer. Additionally, Jim is a certified IT project manager. Utilizing this experience he has spent the last 10 years serving as a Church Administrator in New Jersey. In July of 2012 Jim received his Certification as a Church Administrator (CCA) from the National Association of Church Business Administrators (aka The Church Network). He currently serves in leadership at TCN as a member of the Development Committee.
Jim has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is currently a board member and treasurer for Jersey Shore United, a nonprofit dedicated to providing relief and assistance to disaster victims in the Jersey Shore region. Jim has been a teacher at both the Institute of Biblical Counseling & Institute of Biblical Studies (IBS) as well as Wagner Leadership Institute in Toms River, NJ. He is also active as a consultant for churches who need some assistance with administration. In 2016 Jim released his first book, “God Crosses Burnt Bridges: Maintaining the Most Important Relationships in Your Life.”
Jim, along with his wife, Anna, have served as life group leaders for more than 30 years. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Bethany, who is a Missionary currently serving in Davao City, Philippines with Fire International. Jim also enjoys painting, golfing, and finding more to do!
Pastor Lisa served as Youth Minister at First United Methodist Church (Altus, OK), before moving to Trooper, Pennsylvania in 1992 to pastor Victory Church with her husband, Pastor Ed Crenshaw. She received her MA in Missions and her MDiv from the Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions (Tulsa, OK). She also has a BA in English and Spanish from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN). Pastors Ed and Lisa live in Collegeville, PA and have two wonderful daughters, Haley and Anna.
After growing up in Syracuse, NY, Jacob moved to the Philadelphia area to study general ministries at Valley Forge Christian College.
Jakob was called to ministry at the age of 18, so he’s excited to be following his calling by working with Victory’s youth.
Jakob’s favorite thing about Victory Church is its vision. He said, “God has great plans for our church, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Since the age of 12, Grant has been playing on worship teams, and he started leading worship when he was 15. He also writes and performs music, using his creative gift to serve God. Grant loves how integral worship is in Victory’s vision to “equip a caring, committed community of worshipers to reach their world for Jesus.”
Grant and his wife Rebekah serve Victory together with vision and passion to see the Philadelphia area transformed by the glory of God and his love. They share a sincere passion to foster a culture of worship.
Grant and Rebekah were married at the end of 2011, and a week after their honeymoon, they started full-time at Victory as the Worship Arts Directors (through the recommendation of their dear friend and mentor, Jeff Beacham).
“I love serving here at Victory for so many reasons,” Rebekah said, “but one of the most important for me is the integrity of our lead pastors. Pastor Ed and Pastor Lisa are two of the most genuine, humble, passionate leaders I have ever had the privilege of serving under and alongside. The vision God has given Pastor Ed is something that he not only shares with his words, but is displayed through his actions. He is the real deal.” Rebekah considers it an honor to serve the vision and values of Victory’s community of worshipers and is excited about the eternity-altering things God has in store.
Pastor Craig holds a Fellow in Pastoral Leadership Development and DMin (ABD) from Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ), an MDiv from Moravian Theological Seminary, and a BA from Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA). With more than two years of post-graduate studies in counseling, his sensitivity to spiritual matters and gifts in pastoral counseling have enabled him to publish several works. These include a United Nations sponsored training manual addressing cross-cultural marriage issues, texts on career development, and Christian devotionals. Pastor Craig’s heart is to encourage and help others experience ever more of God’s presence in their daily lives.
Pastor Craig and his wife Barbara have five adult children and four grandchildren.
Members of Victory Church since 1989, Marian and her husband, Al, have served in various leadership capacities including LifeGroup ministry, men’s and women’s ministry, official board (Al), and stewardship team.
Al and Marian have four adult children (Jason, Joel, Alycia, and Andrew), a daughter-in-law (Missy, married to Jason) and four grandchildren (Caleb, Rylie, Asher, and Josiah). They’re honored to serve side-by-side as a family.
Missy’s passion is helping young people find their identity in Christ. As the director for the Victory Early Learning Academy, she’s able to put that passion into practice.
Missy started working at Victory in 2009 as Victory’s Children’s Director and is still involved with our children and youth programs.
Missy has an MA in Multicultural Education from Eastern University, where she currently teaches in the education department as an adjunct professor. She also taught for a number of years in the early elementary classroom and strongly believes in the importance of Christian education.
She and her husband, Jason, have four children, Caleb, Rylie, Asher, and Josiah.
One of the things Missy most appreciates about Victory is how intentional the church is to be the most hospitable, caring, relevant, Christ-focused place possible.
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