Remembering Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty

I met Billy Joe Daugherty over 20 years ago while attending ORU as a student. I was in awe of the ministry of Victory and it’s sheer size and impact on the Tulsa community… I had met a few “mega” pastors and church leaders before attending ORU, but there was something different about Billy Joe.  He was unpretentious and seemed to be…

 a common person who handled his public life and ministry with integrity and grace.  I was never a member of Victory, as I served in another church while I was a student, but after graduating from seminary in my mid-20s, I was seeking God for a ministry position and I sent resumes, letters, etc. to dozens of ministries both in Tulsa and outside of the area.  I only received 2 or 3  letters of acknowledgement or any other kind of correspondence….I had sent information to a variety of both large and small congregations… To my surprise, I received a short letter from Billy Joe letting me know that he did not have a position for me, but his words were filled with encouragement.  I’ve kept that letter to this day…. it was a rejection letter for sure, but it was so much more…. That Billy Joe had taken the time to look over my information and to write me a letter encouraging me in my search was unexpected… and to top it off… he had handwritten the letter…..

My ministry path took me to other places shortly after graduating and after being away from Tulsa for 10 years at churches in Alabama and Virginia, I found myself once again in Tulsa serving The Assembly at Broken Arrow.  Through the course of the past 5 years, I have had contact with Pastor Billy Joe and Sharon with community activities ranging from a pastor’s conference to several steering meetings for both “Night to Honor Israel” and ” The National Day Of Prayer”.  I have yet to meet a “mega” church pastor like Billy Joe.  He was always approachable… he remembered my name and where I pastored and he was still as much an encourager as ever… May all the pastors who have been touched by his ministry walk in the intergrity and grace that marked his life. I will miss him.  My prayers are with his family and his church… His funeral will be next Monday in the Mabee Center… I plan to be there to celebrate his life and to support this family and church. 

LInk to victory’s site with funeral information

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