Dr. Joann Phillips Murrill was ordained at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church (Sumter, SC) in December 1992. In 1994, she heeded the call of God to Pastor. On the fourth Sunday in September, 1994, along with her husband Elder Oliver “Jeff” Murrill, their five children and six other charter members, Pastor Murrill opened the doors of Victory Church. God impressed upon her to lead a ministry that would be a healing and training center for breakthrough, restoration, reconciliation and preparation to effectively reach and encourage others for victorious living.
Dr. Murrill worked for nearly 30 years as a social worker with the South Carolina Department of Social Service, providing a wide variety of services to children, families, adults, and others who needed assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living. Her heart for social services is evident in her vision as Pastor to aggressively reach the local community with a myriad of services and assistance.
In August of 1997, God allowed Pastor and Elder to meet Bishop Nathaniel and Valerie Holcomb of the Christian House of Prayer, Copperas Cove, Texas. There was a witness in their spirits and it was evident that a connection was inevitable. Later, Victory Church became a member of Covenant Connections International under the leadership of Bishop Holcomb.
Dr. Murrill also strongly supports higher education and has earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a Certificate of Completion from the Sonship School of the Firstborn, and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. God challenged her to make available a training center for His sons and daughters to be trained and taught His Word in order to minister, proclaim, and effectively demonstrate the ministry of Jesus Christ.
Today Victory’s members are boldly making preparation for building a new sanctuary to better accommodate God’s vision for the Ministry. Just as the children of Israel were inspired in Nehemiah 2:18, so are we. After receiving the Word of the Lord, they said, “Let us rise up and build. So, they strengthened their hands for this good work.”
Pastor Murrill proclaims the gospel and she admonishes her flock to remember that “It’s not about her, nor is it about you, but it’s all about Him—Jesus!”