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Billy Joe Daugherty (April 23, 1952 – November 22, 2009) was founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also the founder of Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute and Victory World Missions Training Center. Five hundred twenty-three Victory Bible Institutes have been started in eighty-five countries around the world. He was also briefly the interim president of Oral Roberts University. He graduated from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Arkansas in 1970.

Victory Christian Center built the Tulsa Dream Center, which houses a food and clothing distribution, dental/medical clinic, legal counseling, recreation facilities and other programs to help needy people of Tulsa. Victory's bus ministry brings 1,000 - 1,200 children and teens from this area each Saturday for Kidz Ministry and S.O.U.L. Youth ministry.

Daugherty's daily radio and television broadcast, Victory in Jesus, reaches more than 100 million households in North America as well as via satellite and the internet internationally. He was the author of Knocked Down But Not Out, This New Life, Building Stronger Marriages, Families, and Led By the Spirit. He and his wife Sharon authored over a dozen books.

On November 20, 2005, a 50 year old man named Steven Wayne Rogers[1] came forward for an altar call at Victory Christian Center and punched Daugherty twice in the face, opening a cut over his left eye that required two stitches. Daugherty stumbled back onto the stage away from Rogers and prayed that God would forgive Rogers and bless him. Later that evening Daugherty visited Rogers in the Tulsa county jail to discuss the reasons for the attack. Rogers showed no remorse for what he had done. "He said he'd do whatever he wants, to whomever he wants, whenever he wants," Daugherty said.[1] Daugherty did not press charges against Steven Rogers for the assault.[2]

On March 4, 2007 Daugherty dedicated the church's new 4500 seat sanctuary on the church's property. Within weeks all services were moved from the Mabee Center on the grounds of Oral Roberts University across the street to the new sanctuary.

On October 17, 2007, Daugherty was named "Executive Regent" of Oral Roberts University in the wake of scandals and numerous allegations of impropriety involving ORU President Richard Roberts and his wife, Lindsay Roberts.

Daugherty's role as Executive Regent included serving as acting president of ORU for a short time until ORU Provost Ralph Fagin assumed the position.[3]

In 2009, the church launched a 13-episode television show on TBN called "360 Degree Life" which featured street interviews, animations, testimonies and preaching.

As of January 2010, Victory Christian Center reported an average Sunday attendance of 9,612, and was reported to be the second largest church in Tulsa.[4]

Personal life

He and his wife, Sharon, had 4 children, Sarah Daugherty Wehrli, Ruthie Daugherty Sanders, John Daugherty,and Paul Daugherty; both sons-in-law Caleb Wehril and Adam Sanders,as well as Daughter-in-law Ashley McAuliff Daugherty worked alongside their father-in-law in his ministry.

In October 2009, Daugherty was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma,[5] of which he died at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, aged 57 on November 22, 2009. Daugherty is survived by his mother Iru Daugherty as well as his wife and four children, as well as two grandchildren, Issac Wehril age 4 and Elizabeth Wehrli, age 2, with one on the way due to arrive in early November 2010. Pastor Daugherty's last appearance at Victory Christian Center was on October 17th 2009 as he officiated youngest son Paul's wedding to his wife Ashley McAuliff. [6][7] A memorial service for Daugherty was held at the Mabee Center in Tulsa on November 30.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Preacher Punched During Service". 2005-11-23.,2933,176530,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Minister is punched in the face during worship service", Tulsa World, November 22, 2005, p. A9
  3. ^ "ORU’s board chairman expresses confidence about the lawsuit while giving the helm to Billy Joe Daugherty", Tulsa World, October 18, 2007, p. A1
  4. ^ Bill Sherman, "Church change in a decade: Six churches move into spots on Tulsa's top 10 list", Tulsa World, January 3, 2010.
  5. ^ Bill Sherman, "Victory Christian Center founder diagnosed with lymphoma", Tulsa World, October 12, 2009.
  6. ^ Bill Sherman, "The Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty dies", Tulsa World, November 22, 2009.
  7. ^ Bill Sherman, "Billy Joe Daugherty dead at 57: His global ministry includes 17,000 members locally", Tulsa World, November 23, 2009.
  8. ^ Bill Sherman, "Mourners gather in Tulsa to celebrate Daugherty's legacy", Tulsa World, November 30, 2009.

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