Pastors Randy and Cheri Cochran have been faithfully serving in full-time ministry for over 25 years. They’ve enjoyed serving as campus pastors, worship pastors, small group pastors, lead pastors, and other roles in churches small and large, including Victory in the mid-2000s. They are thrilled to be back at Victory with people they love, and they are excited to carry the vision and heart of the church in this season and beyond. Their greatest joy is to see God’s people empowered to love and lead with all their hearts. Check out this video message to get to know them better!
The Lord began the gradual process of showing them how they could one day further the multi-cultural vision that Victory stands on.
They kept this revelation to themselves for the next two years as His bigger plan continued to unfold.
The board affirms Pastors Dennis and Colleen’s desire for Pastors Johnson and Summer to be the future senior pastors.
After prayerful and humbled consideration, Pastors Johnson and Summer accept the call to be Victory’s future senior pastors.
A journey, that would last a full year, begins to discover the right leaders to be the next pastors of VHM.
This coach is responsible for helping Victory create a healthy and successful plan of succession.
As they learned that Pastors Randy and Cheri were transitioning back to Atlanta, Pastors Johnson and Summer immediately knew that the Lord was bringing them to be VHM’S NEXT.
After prayer and humbled consideration, Pastors Randy and Cheri accepted the opportunity to be VHM's future lead pastors.
This team is made up of members of Victory’s staff who represent gender, racial and generational diversity.
Pastors Dennis and Colleen shared their vision for Victory’s and their own personal NEXT with the entire staff.
Pastors Dennis and Colleen partner with Pastors Johnson and Summer to discuss VictoryNext.
Pastors Randy and Cheri Cochran will begin their leadership as the Victory Hamilton Mill Campus pastors.
Pastors Johnson and Summer will transition to primarily work at our Norcross campus alongside Pastors Dennis and Colleen. During this time, there will be a gradual transition of leadership responsibilities.
This will serve as our opportunity to honor Pastors Dennis and Colleen and their 30-year Victory legacy—as well as celebrate what is ahead as we look to continuing and furthering the mission of Victory together.
Pastors Dennis and Colleen will pass the mantle of leadership onto our new Senior Pastors, Johnson and Summer.
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As we launch into the future with excitement for our pastors and church, we realize you will want to know specific details about this transition. Here you will find responses to the questions that you may have.
Victory’s senior pastors, Dennis and Colleen Rouse, received vision from the Lord for their next steps. As they look to the future and the next generations of the church, they feel that it is time to pass the mantle of leadership of Victory over to leaders who represent future generations. In early 2019, the Rouses approached Pastors Johnson and Summer and asked them to step into the role of Victory’s Senior Pastors in August 2020.
January 12, 2020, will be theBowies’ last Sunday as Hamilton Mill’s pastors. At that time, they will transition to the Norcross campus, where they will begin to slowly take on their new leadership responsibilities. They will officially step into the role of Senior Pastors on August 16, 2020.
Just as the Lord made it very clear to Pastors Dennis and Colleen who should succeed them, the Lord was also very clear to reveal that Pastors Randy and Cheri Cochran were His desired next for Hamilton Mill’s leadership. If you have not met the Cochrans yet, we are sure you will LOVE them.
We are so glad you asked! They would love to meet you! Be sure to stop by the lobby and meet them after any Hamilton Mill service. Pastors Randy and Cheri were on staff at Victory in the early 2000’s. They continued in ministry, serving at one of the nation’s largest churches, before returning back to Victory to continue to serve the vision of this house.
Yes! As a church family, we will corporately honor and celebrate our pastors at a date closer to their concluding weekend at Hamilton Mill. As the date of this celebration approaches, we will give you all the details and let you know how you can best express your gratitude and thanks for their leadership as our pastors.
Like families, the Kingdom operates generationally. Principles, truths and leadership are passed down from generation to generation, so that the family “legacy” carries on.
Pastor Johnson will continue to “anchor” the pulpit and Pastor Randy will increasingly share the preaching responsibilities with Pastor Johnson until January. Of course, you’ll also have the opportunity to receive from Pastor Summer and Pastor Cheri at various times in the year.
You can view a timeline of important dates here.
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Please PRAY for the people at every Victory campus throughout this transition. We want every person to feel loved and valued! Also, pray for Pastors Dennis and Colleen, Pastors Johnson and Summer, Pastors Randy and Cheri, our board, and all the leadership at Victory as we continue to seek God’s will in all things.
We are so grateful for the thousands of people who SERVE at Victory every week. We would love for you to be a part of serving God’s people across Atlanta through the ministries of the church.
We are excited about the future! Let’s use words, prayers, and influence to BUILD Victory’s future together in faith!
Pray for the people of Victory. Pray that we would all see and sense the Lord’s hand in every aspect of this transition. Pray for Pastors Dennis and Colleen and the vision the Lord has given them for their future as we send them as a church family. Pray for Pastors Johnson and Summer as they step into the role of leading our church, that the Lord would cover them and guide them with His wisdom. Pray for Pastors Randy and Cheri as they step into their new role at Hamilton Mill. Pray, most of all, that the Lord would be glorified and people would become fully committed disciples of Jesus, as we all continue to carry on God’s story through Victory into the future.
Click here to be taken to VictoryNext.com to learn more.