About Us

Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem.

Victory Embarks on First Full Year as a Unified Ministry

Scott DufresneEmbracing New Beginnings

This week marks the first time in the over 40 years that a school year has begun without classes being held at Pilgrim Lutheran or Lutheran High School. While on the surface that might seem to imply that something is missing, dig a little deeper and you’ll see that it actually means something quite different. In the fall of 2015, these two ministries along with Church of Joy voted to become a single ministry. That ministry is now known as Victory Church and Christian Academy. Reinvigorated and excited to begin something new, Victory begins its “inaugural” school year with a renewed sense of purpose. “It is amazing to think how far we have come in the last 18 months,” said Executive Director Scott Dufresne. “We had a vision and, while some of it wasn’t in the plan God set for us, so much of it has become a reality. The first thing that comes to my mind is how our students have responded to the merger of our schools and churches in the new Victory family.” 

Bonnie Sanchez

That very idea of family and community is something that is felt at every turn within Victory; especially on the days that are less than perfect. Like Grade School Principal Bonnie Sanchez explains, it is reassuring to know that even in the chaos of everyday life, at least we are in it together. “I know that around my house, things didn’t go as smoothly as I had planned,” said Mrs. Sanchez as she explained her family’s first morning back after the summer. “We had to do a load of laundry last minute, we couldn’t find a shoe, I had to remind everyone three times to brush their teeth and comb their hair. It can be difficult to get everyone out of the door looking and feeling ready to take on the world. The great news is that we are all in this together and in this family that we call Victory, we are all imperfect, made perfect only by the love of Christ!” 

Like Mrs. Sanchez and Mr. Dufresne both aptly point out, things don’t always go according to our plan. But it’s important to remember that our plan isn’t the one we should be focused on. There is always a bigger picture, and at Victory, striving to understand that picture is what we continue to pursue as the ministry continues to grow. The more we focus on our plans and what we think is right, the less we focus on God’s plan and what he calls us to be. As we begin this pivotal year at Victory, it is as important now as it has ever been to remember to focus on God’s plan in our ministry, as one community, as one family.

“It is amazing to think how far we have come in the last 18 months. We had a vision and, while some of it wasn’t in the plan God set for us, so much of it has become a reality.”

Tim GerdesHow we got here

As Victory get’s ready to embark on this new journey as a refreshed community, it is important to remember why Victory came to be in the first place. In a recent letter to the supporters of Victory, both Executive Director Dufresne and Pastor Tim Gerdes explained one of the biggest reasons that Victory is here in its current form today. “As leaders of all three ministries [Church of Joy, Pilgrim and LHSSD] gathered to discuss cooperation and partnership, something amazing developed within those conversations. Simply put, all three ministries were searching for an identity in the City of Chula Vista.” The letter went on to explain why this need for an identity is so important in the Chula Vista community. “We asked ourselves, what does God want from us? Perhaps the more appropriate question should be what does He want for other people? He wants people who are deeply committed to the faith and willing to GO. He wants to make an impact in this community.” 

Victory is already working hard to make that impact in the community as construction on a new 8.5-acre campus is scheduled to start soon. The new facility will be built in the space that currently occupies what is referred to as ‘Victory East’ and once complete, will house the entire Victory ministry within a state-of-the-art facility that includes a new multi-use athletic field, gymnasium and classroom facilities as well as much, much more.

“What does He want for other people? He wants people who are deeply committed to the faith and willing to GO. He wants to make an impact in this community.”

While the excitement continues to build around what the Victory facilities will soon become, amazing things continue to happen within the walls of the existing Victory facilities as well. Over the summer, Victory was ranked as the top Christian high school in all of the South Bay. It was also announced that SDSU Hall of Famer DJ Gay would be taking on the role of Head Basketball Coach. Needless to say, both of these things have created a near palpable buzz within the student body. Perhaps the most exciting part of the new school year, however, is how the student body has reacted to the transition to becoming Victory. “They have embraced the new name and culture, it is thrilling to see,” Mr. Dufresne explained. “As we embark on this new school year, I am excited to see what God will do about our mission and vision at Victory. Hold on, it is going to be a great ride!”

What to expect in the coming year

Though the excitement surrounding all of the new things happening at Victory understandably continues to grow, change does bring its own set of challenges. Pastor Tim Gerdes explains some of these challenges in his own words. “While visiting my parents in December 2016, my dad’s best friend asked me, “How is church going?” I rambled on for a while about great mission potential, different challenges we were facing both externally in internally, lots of meetings, difficulties with people just being people (it was easy to complain about people complaining), and the very real “Valley of Chaos.” At one point, he stopped me and commented, “Not once have you said the word “fun.” Naturally, this kind of realization is enough to give one pause. “That jolted me and brought me back to my senses,” explained Pastor Tim. In all of this, God was clearly calling. In Victory, we have a group of people risking so much to come together, looking for hope found only in Jesus, looking for Him to bring new life while respectfully allowing the old to pass, and courageously following the leading of His Spirit.”

Victory Logo

While it’s easy (and justified) to be excited about what is yet to come, it is important to remember that there is work yet to be done. Victory will continue to look for growth in many places. Whether it’s growing the size of our student body and congregation or growing our internal connections with one another, the goal remains to never stop growing. The ministry will continue to look to its members for a better understanding of what it is they look for in their chosen place of education and worship. Additionally, efforts will be made to understand what it is the South Bay community needs from Victory. While there are still questions to be answered, one thing is certain, those answers will not come from within, but from above.

“In all of this, God was clearly calling. In Victory, we have a group of people risking so much to come together, looking for hope found only in Jesus.”

More than anything else, what you can expect this year is a ministry that is focused on the direction that is provided by attentively listening to and following God’s direction. We will strive to become the beacon of hope in this community that God has called us to be. We will continue to be a leader in Christian education and athletics. We will continue to pursue growth in all phases of our ministry. And most of all, we will continue to be a family that is always looking for new members.

 

How to get in touch with Victory

Victory has made it easier than ever to contact us. Email inquiries can be directed to info@victorysouthbay.org. From the website, you can visit our Contact page. You can always call our office at (619) 262-4444 or stop by one of our campuses as well. If you are interested in scheduling a tour to come see what Victory is all about, just use the calendar form below and pick the day and time that works best for you.

America Los Angeles
Africa Abidjan
Africa Accra
Africa Addis Ababa
Africa Algiers
Africa Asmara
Africa Bamako
Africa Bangui
Africa Banjul
Africa Bissau
Africa Blantyre
Africa Brazzaville
Africa Bujumbura
Africa Cairo
Africa Casablanca
Africa Ceuta
Africa Conakry
Africa Dakar
Africa Dar es Salaam
Africa Djibouti
Africa Douala
Africa El Aaiun
Africa Freetown
Africa Gaborone
Africa Harare
Africa Johannesburg
Africa Juba
Africa Kampala
Africa Khartoum
Africa Kigali
Africa Kinshasa
Africa Lagos
Africa Libreville
Africa Lome
Africa Luanda
Africa Lubumbashi
Africa Lusaka
Africa Malabo
Africa Maputo
Africa Maseru
Africa Mbabane
Africa Mogadishu
Africa Monrovia
Africa Nairobi
Africa Ndjamena
Africa Niamey
Africa Nouakchott
Africa Ouagadougou
Africa Porto-Novo
Africa Sao Tome
Africa Tripoli
Africa Tunis
Africa Windhoek
America Adak
America Anchorage
America Anguilla
America Antigua
America Araguaina
America Argentina - Buenos Aires
America Argentina - Catamarca
America Argentina - Cordoba
America Argentina - Jujuy
America Argentina - La Rioja
America Argentina - Mendoza
America Argentina - Rio Gallegos
America Argentina - Salta
America Argentina - San Juan
America Argentina - San Luis
America Argentina - Tucuman
America Argentina - Ushuaia
America Aruba
America Asuncion
America Atikokan
America Bahia
America Bahia Banderas
America Barbados
America Belem
America Belize
America Blanc-Sablon
America Boa Vista
America Bogota
America Boise
America Cambridge Bay
America Campo Grande
America Cancun
America Caracas
America Cayenne
America Cayman
America Chicago
America Chihuahua
America Costa Rica
America Creston
America Cuiaba
America Curacao
America Danmarkshavn
America Dawson
America Dawson Creek
America Denver
America Detroit
America Dominica
America Edmonton
America Eirunepe
America El Salvador
America Fort Nelson
America Fortaleza
America Glace Bay
America Godthab
America Goose Bay
America Grand Turk
America Grenada
America Guadeloupe
America Guatemala
America Guayaquil
America Guyana
America Halifax
America Havana
America Hermosillo
America Indiana - Indianapolis
America Indiana - Knox
America Indiana - Marengo
America Indiana - Petersburg
America Indiana - Tell City
America Indiana - Vevay
America Indiana - Vincennes
America Indiana - Winamac
America Inuvik
America Iqaluit
America Jamaica
America Juneau
America Kentucky - Louisville
America Kentucky - Monticello
America Kralendijk
America La Paz
America Lima
America Los Angeles
America Lower Princes
America Maceio
America Managua
America Manaus
America Marigot
America Martinique
America Matamoros
America Mazatlan
America Menominee
America Merida
America Metlakatla
America Mexico City
America Miquelon
America Moncton
America Monterrey
America Montevideo
America Montserrat
America Nassau
America New York
America Nipigon
America Nome
America Noronha
America North Dakota - Beulah
America North Dakota - Center
America North Dakota - New Salem
America Ojinaga
America Panama
America Pangnirtung
America Paramaribo
America Phoenix
America Port-au-Prince
America Port of Spain
America Porto Velho
America Puerto Rico
America Punta Arenas
America Rainy River
America Rankin Inlet
America Recife
America Regina
America Resolute
America Rio Branco
America Santarem
America Santiago
America Santo Domingo
America Sao Paulo
America Scoresbysund
America Sitka
America St Barthelemy
America St Johns
America St Kitts
America St Lucia
America St Thomas
America St Vincent
America Swift Current
America Tegucigalpa
America Thule
America Thunder Bay
America Tijuana
America Toronto
America Tortola
America Vancouver
America Whitehorse
America Winnipeg
America Yakutat
America Yellowknife
Antarctica Casey
Antarctica Davis
Antarctica DumontDUrville
Antarctica Macquarie
Antarctica Mawson
Antarctica McMurdo
Antarctica Palmer
Antarctica Rothera
Antarctica Syowa
Antarctica Troll
Antarctica Vostok
Arctic Longyearbyen
Asia Aden
Asia Almaty
Asia Amman
Asia Anadyr
Asia Aqtau
Asia Aqtobe
Asia Ashgabat
Asia Atyrau
Asia Baghdad
Asia Bahrain
Asia Baku
Asia Bangkok
Asia Barnaul
Asia Beirut
Asia Bishkek
Asia Brunei
Asia Chita
Asia Choibalsan
Asia Colombo
Asia Damascus
Asia Dhaka
Asia Dili
Asia Dubai
Asia Dushanbe
Asia Famagusta
Asia Gaza
Asia Hebron
Asia Ho Chi Minh
Asia Hong Kong
Asia Hovd
Asia Irkutsk
Asia Jakarta
Asia Jayapura
Asia Jerusalem
Asia Kabul
Asia Kamchatka
Asia Karachi
Asia Kathmandu
Asia Khandyga
Asia Kolkata
Asia Krasnoyarsk
Asia Kuala Lumpur
Asia Kuching
Asia Kuwait
Asia Macau
Asia Magadan
Asia Makassar
Asia Manila
Asia Muscat
Asia Nicosia
Asia Novokuznetsk
Asia Novosibirsk
Asia Omsk
Asia Oral
Asia Phnom Penh
Asia Pontianak
Asia Pyongyang
Asia Qatar
Asia Qyzylorda
Asia Riyadh
Asia Sakhalin
Asia Samarkand
Asia Seoul
Asia Shanghai
Asia Singapore
Asia Srednekolymsk
Asia Taipei
Asia Tashkent
Asia Tbilisi
Asia Tehran
Asia Thimphu
Asia Tokyo
Asia Tomsk
Asia Ulaanbaatar
Asia Urumqi
Asia Ust-Nera
Asia Vientiane
Asia Vladivostok
Asia Yakutsk
Asia Yangon
Asia Yekaterinburg
Asia Yerevan
Atlantic Azores
Atlantic Bermuda
Atlantic Canary
Atlantic Cape Verde
Atlantic Faroe
Atlantic Madeira
Atlantic Reykjavik
Atlantic South Georgia
Atlantic St Helena
Atlantic Stanley
Australia Adelaide
Australia Brisbane
Australia Broken Hill
Australia Currie
Australia Darwin
Australia Eucla
Australia Hobart
Australia Lindeman
Australia Lord Howe
Australia Melbourne
Australia Perth
Australia Sydney
Europe Amsterdam
Europe Andorra
Europe Astrakhan
Europe Athens
Europe Belgrade
Europe Berlin
Europe Bratislava
Europe Brussels
Europe Bucharest
Europe Budapest
Europe Busingen
Europe Chisinau
Europe Copenhagen
Europe Dublin
Europe Gibraltar
Europe Guernsey
Europe Helsinki
Europe Isle of Man
Europe Istanbul
Europe Jersey
Europe Kaliningrad
Europe Kiev
Europe Kirov
Europe Lisbon
Europe Ljubljana
Europe London
Europe Luxembourg
Europe Madrid
Europe Malta
Europe Mariehamn
Europe Minsk
Europe Monaco
Europe Moscow
Europe Oslo
Europe Paris
Europe Podgorica
Europe Prague
Europe Riga
Europe Rome
Europe Samara
Europe San Marino
Europe Sarajevo
Europe Saratov
Europe Simferopol
Europe Skopje
Europe Sofia
Europe Stockholm
Europe Tallinn
Europe Tirane
Europe Ulyanovsk
Europe Uzhgorod
Europe Vaduz
Europe Vatican
Europe Vienna
Europe Vilnius
Europe Volgograd
Europe Warsaw
Europe Zagreb
Europe Zaporozhye
Europe Zurich
Indian Antananarivo
Indian Chagos
Indian Christmas
Indian Cocos
Indian Comoro
Indian Kerguelen
Indian Mahe
Indian Maldives
Indian Mauritius
Indian Mayotte
Indian Reunion
Pacific Apia
Pacific Auckland
Pacific Bougainville
Pacific Chatham
Pacific Chuuk
Pacific Easter
Pacific Efate
Pacific Enderbury
Pacific Fakaofo
Pacific Fiji
Pacific Funafuti
Pacific Galapagos
Pacific Gambier
Pacific Guadalcanal
Pacific Guam
Pacific Honolulu
Pacific Kiritimati
Pacific Kosrae
Pacific Kwajalein
Pacific Majuro
Pacific Marquesas
Pacific Midway
Pacific Nauru
Pacific Niue
Pacific Norfolk
Pacific Noumea
Pacific Pago Pago
Pacific Palau
Pacific Pitcairn
Pacific Pohnpei
Pacific Port Moresby
Pacific Rarotonga
Pacific Saipan
Pacific Tahiti
Pacific Tarawa
Pacific Tongatapu
Pacific Wake
Pacific Wallis
UTC
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
2017
2018
2019
2020
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Grade School Tour (5)
23
Grade School Tour (5)
24
Grade School Tour (5)
25
26
27
Grade School Tour (5)
28
Grade School Tour (5)
29
Grade School Tour (5)
30
Grade School Tour (5)