From Pastor Vicki's Pen
Rev. Victoria Denise Parker is a native of St. Louis. She is a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. It was during her studies there that she heard the voice of God saying to her to “these will be the ones you will bring to me (ask her and she’ll explain),” thus accepting her call to “preach.” Having matriculated through the Board of Examiners of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), she was ordained a Deacon in 2005. Hearing God speaking again she furthered her studies by completing a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. Where in that same year during the 156th Session of the Missouri Annual Conference, she was ordained an Elder in the AME Church. It was at the Bishop’s Planning in which God orchestrated the moving of “Rev. Vicky” to become the “First Woman” and very proud Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to her arrival in Omaha.
Pastor Vicky had pastored four (4) churches and served as the Youth Leader at her home church, also serving in student ministry for Project C.O.P.E (an Ex-Offender re-entry program) in St. Louis, and the NAACP Social Action Chair in Mexico, Missouri.
Since being in Omaha, Pastor Vicky has been a part of the community. Currently she is serving as Secretary for The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA). Victoria is involved in other community organizations, such as the Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Board, the Empowerment Network’s Clergy and Faith Leaders and recently with Countryside United Church of Christ Summer Series “Sacred Conversations on Race and in January 2016, as well as working in partnership with other clergy with the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities.” She is the Coordinator for the Midwest Conference Women in Ministry of the AME Church, appointed a Conference Trustee and was elected a First Alternate to the 2016 General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Victoria loves to sing and prior to receiving her call she sang with a band and recorded a CD. You can find her currently singing with the “Family Sake Community Choir” of Omaha.
Pastor Vicky believes in the Social Gospel. That which uplift persons as well as challenging and calling them to action. She has a heart for young people especially those who have no voice or may have lost their direction.
Victoria's most important role aside from Pastoring however, is that of a proud parent to four beautiful children; Aaron, Kenneth and twins Morgan and William. And an adoptive parent to dog Diamond and cat Maggie.
Aside from the accolades of the Pastor’s Bio, it is my sincere hope that you will stop by Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church to “work out your soul’s salvation.” I would love to have you come worship with us get to know us and stay.