Pastor M. Louis Lacey, born on November 1, 1943 to Bishop Clara and the late Timothy Lacey; the eldest of two sons accepted Christ at the early age of 14 years old. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY and being cultivated by the Holy Spirit, Pastor Lacey attended the Morning Star Pentecostal Church of Mount Sinai Holy Churches of America, Inc. There he found and married, his wife, Shepherd Mother Rebecca Smiling Lacey. As they walked close to God, they were blessed with three children, Lachelle, Timothy, and Tania.
During his years at Morning Star, Pastor Lacey served as Minister of Music from 1964 to 1974. It was in the midst of his music ministry that Pastor Lacey became licensed in 1968 to not just administer the gospel through music, but through the preached Word of God.
Being led by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Lacey was relocated to Richmond, Virginia at the request of Bishop James F. Brown, Jr., to serve as Minister of Music at Jerusalem Holy Church. Additionally, Pastor Lacey shared his love, gift of music and passion for ministry with several churches throughout the Richmond area. Because of the effectiveness of his ministry through music and the preached word, Pastor Lacey was inspired to become the founding and senior pastor of the Children Of God Victory Tabernacle. As a result of his powerful teaching and exemplary leadership, COGVT has grown from 22 charter members to approximately 200 blood-washed believers. The Tabernacle's worship experience transcended from a Holiday Inn Banquet Room to a former Restaurant-Strip Club, affectionately called the "Chicken Shack", to the former Rutledge College building in Downtown Richmond to its' current location in the Chamberlayne Farms' community located in North Richmond.
During the Fall of 2004, Pastor Lacey was awarded a full four-year scholarship to Virginia State University. In May 2008, Pastor Lacey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Virginia State University, graduating Suma Cum Laude. It is his desire to continue his education to pursue a degree in Counselor Education. He is currently a University Advisor and Coordinator for Non-traditional College Students at VSU's University College. In May 2014, the Infinity Bible Seminary honored and conferred a Doctorate of Divinity to Pastor M. Louis Lacey for his years of service and ministry to the Richmond community.
Through his powerful anointing and spirit of excellence, Senior Pastor M. Louis Lacey is not only a Pastor, but he is a community advocate to the homeless, inspiration to the fatherless, "Poppy" to all toddlers of COGVT and most of all "a man after God's own heart".