Sunday, November 22, 2009

WE WEEP

The Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty, the founding pastor of Victory Christian Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Sunday, November 22nd, after a short battle with lymphoma. He was 57 years old.

Church officials announced the pastor's death during church services Sunday morning. Associate pastor Bruce Edwards told the congregation that Daugherty "graduated into heaven" at 4:40 a.m.

We, along with the greater Tulsa area. mourn the death of Billy Joe Daugherty. Billy Joe was the Founder and Pastor of Victory Christian Center. He also founded Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute, and Victory World Missions Training Center, and the Tulsa Dreamcenter. From inner city families, to single parents, to troubled teens - Tulsa benefited from his influence beyond the walls of his church.
This was a work that he and has wife, Sharon, raised from the ground up and never went into debt in doing so. He, and his ministry, has reached out to the entire Tulsa area in a way that no other ministry in this area has. There has never been anything but respect for him, his ministry and his family.

We are sure Billy Joe heard the words, "My good and faithful servant... enter into the joy of the Lord".

We weep with those who weep and pray for the Peace that passeth understanding for his wife, 4 children and his entire church family.


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17 comments:

Mari said...

I'm sorry for the loss to friends and family, but rejoice in the joy he now has!

~Ginger said...

Susan, we had no idea. I often would listen to him in the TV in years past and enjoyed him and his wife both! It's a sad loss, but heaven's gain.

Ginger said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of this amazing man. I pray that the Lord will be with his family and the Church, and community.
God Bless,
Ginger

RCUBEs said...

May God comfort his family and his siblings in Christ at this difficult time. God bless.

Charlotte said...

I'm sorry for the loss of this great man. Earth's loss is definitely heaven's gain.
Charlotte

Susan said...

I'm sorry for this earthly loss. May God wrap his arms around each person who is mourning today.

Hugs,

Susan

Kathy said...

Susan, thank you for letting us know of this graduation. We will keep his family in prayer.

Mary said...

Its so bittersweet, to lose such a godly man that gives so much to those around him is truly sad, but to know that he's entered into the glorious home that has been prepared for him is reason for rejoicing. May the good Lord bring peace and comfort to his family and those that loved him

Mary

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Praying and weeping with you. What a legacy he left behind!

Debra said...

So sorry to hear about this Susan. May our God of all comfort bless and be with his family. Life sometimes just seems so brief.

Denise said...

Such a great loss.

Sohailah said...

Such a shock. Seems impossible to even believe - certainly to understand. Yet, he was ready at a moment's notice to go - believing for peace for Sharon and his children.

Sharon said...

Sorry to hear about your loss.
May God give his family and community comfort.
Hugs to you
Have a blessed day.

Maxine said...

So sad for his family and friends, but rejoicing in His homegoing. Sounds like a fruitful life for the Lord--what a blessing he must have been to those who knew him.

Mary Lee said...

Earth's loss, heaven's gain. So sorry.

Bobbi said...

Oh my stars! I had no idea!!!! Thanks for sharing...one of the churches we went in Austin was a sister church of theirs. Bittersweet...
Blessings!
Bobbi

Dan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I know this is a tough time for this beloved body, but I also know that it will not camp here. We are praying for Godly leadership and vision as you press forward.