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Children Of God Victory Tabernacle

Pastor Lachelle L. Moses is a native of Brooklyn, New York and has lived in Richmond, Virginia since 1979. She is the eldest of three children born to Bishop M. Louis and Shepherd Mother Rebecca Lacey. She is married to Elder Reginald A. Moses, Sr. They have one son, Reginald Jr, and two awesome grandchildren, Elijah and Allyson.


Pastor Moses accepted the Lord as her personal Savior on November 20, 1988 when she attended Jerusalem Holy Church. Under the leadership of Bishop (now Chief Apostle) Olive C. Brown, she transcended with the New Jerusalem International Christian Ministries.  She was a member of that ministry until June 1993 when her father became the founding Pastor of the Children Of God Victory Tabernacle.


Obeying the spirit, Pastor Moses faithfully served under her father tirelessly. She has served in many capacities from usher, to praise leader, choir director, Sunday school teacher, to lay pastor of the women's ministry and lay pastor of couple's ministry. She knows in her heart that the Lord has called her to ministry in the area of administration, helps, and song.  She was consecrated a Minister in 1997, appointed Assistant Pastor in 1999, and ordained an Elder in October 2004. In January 2011 she was ordained to the position of Associate Pastor and now currently serves as the Executive Pastor of COGVT Ministries. 


Pastor Moses attended both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.  She has studied in the Christian Ministries program through Oral Roberts University. Shortly thereafter she received a certification of completion in the Christian Education, Proclamation, and the Advanced Theological Preparation programs at the Evans-Smith Leadership Training Institute of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.  Her desire is to continue her studies to obtain her Masters of Divinity degree in Christian Education at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Pastor Moses works professionally as a Vice President in Centralized Supervision at Truist Investment Services Inc. (Truist Wealth). She adheres to Ephesians 4:1 to 'walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye were called'.



Elder Reginald A. Moses, Sr. is a native of Richmond, Virginia. The second of five children born to Ryland (Pete) and Joan Moses.  He attended and graduated from the Richmond Public School System and furthered his education at Virginia Union University. 

Elder Moses was a member of Jerusalem Holy Church on 12th & Stockton Street for over 25 years under the leadership of the late Bishop James F. Brown, Jr. and Pastor (now Chief Apostle) Olive C. Brown.  In 1984, Elder Moses began serving as an adjutant to Bishop Brown and continued to minister in service until Bishop Brown's passing in 1991. He transitioned with the church as they became the New Jerusalem International Christian Ministries in 1992. 

Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, Elder Moses decided to follow his father-in-law (Bishop M. Louis Lacey) in ministry and became a charter member of Children of God Victory Tabernacle in June 1993.  He was ordained a minister in October 1997 and consecrated an Elder in January 2011.  Elder Moses has served as the Youth Pastor of COGVT since June 1998. He has provided mentorship to many young people throughout his service as Youth Pastor but he has a special calling to assist young males in Christ as they transition from boys to men. Although he retired from his position as Youth Pastor in 2019 to 'hand the baton' to the next generation of young leaders, he yet remains a part of the youth ministry serving as a committee member to assist in the spiritual development of young people at COGVT Ministries. On February 20, 1993 he married his high school sweetheart Pastor Lachelle Lacey Moses. They have one son, Reginald Jr ("RJ") and two grandchildren: Elijah and Allyson.


Elder Mary A. Kelsey was born in Somerville, NJ to the late Cleveland and Lena Kelsey. The family relocated to Virginia's Charlotte County and raised their children in Red Oak, VA. Elder Kelsey is the oldest of eleven siblings and accepted Christ at an early age. She has three children: Cleveland, Jacqueline, and Alvin. She also has five grandchildren: Jamika, Dorian, Alvin Jr., Ayana and Alaina; and one great grandchild: Journey. Elder Kelsey was licensed to preach the gospel in October 1997 and because of her faithfulness and passion for ministry she was ordained an Elder in January 2011 under the leadership of Bishop M. Louis Lacey. Elder Kelsey serves as the Pastor of Health and Wellness Ministry at COGVT.


Elder Vernon E. Dawson is a native of Richmond, VA. He is eldest son of the late Ethel M. Dawson and was married to the late Sharon J. Wilson-Dawson for 28 years. 

Elder Dawson first served in ministry as a Deacon at New Chestnut Baptist Church in the late 1980’s under the leadership of the late Pastor Bobby L. Gattison in Mechanicsville, VA. It was there that Elder Dawson learned the importance of serving in the ministry in the church of God. He also served as a Sunday School teacher, in the bus ministry and as an aid to the pastor.

Years have gone by as Elder Dawson's hunger for serving God has grown. His love for helping others in any way possible and fervently serving in the Lord's church is something that cannot be ignored. He was licensed to preach the gospel in 1998 at Children of God Victory Tabernacle by Bishop M. Louis Lacey and later ordained in ministry by Pastors Randy and Cherie Gilbert at Faith Landmark Ministries in Richmond, VA. After the passing of his wife in May 2021, Elder Dawson returned to COGVT Ministries. He is a retired correctional officer, after being employed with the Commonwealth of Virginia for 13 years, and now serves Children of God Victory Tabernacle Ministries as security and pastoral leadership over the men’s ministry. 

God has played a very important part in Elder Dawson's life that no matter the struggles, hurt or pain, “no” is never an option when the word of God says in Philippians 4:12, "I know both how to be abased, and I know to abound: everywhere and in all things am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Things may not be as we want it to be. but with God all things work together for the good of them who are the called according to His purpose and love Him.


Elder Victor Smith...


Minister Sandra M. Smith joined COGVT in 2000. Since that time, she has served as usher, Sunday school teacher, deacon, prayer intercessor, and most recently, minister. She enjoys working behind the scenes for the ministry. Over the years, she has been a part of the women’s retreat, vacation bible school, pastoral celebration, and church picnic committees.

Matthew 6:34 is a scripture that is dear to Minister Sandra. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” She learned of this scripture during one of the most challenging times of her life. However, she knew God was with her when she read this verse, and their relationship formed a great bond. Therefore, she believes God can use anyone, and can deliver anyone.

Being gifted in education and working with individuals with special needs, Minister Sandra started her career as an instructional assistant. Shortly after she became a special education teacher, and is now a school counselor in the public school system. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, and having new experiences. Minister Sandra is married to Elder Victor O. Smith. Together they have 4 children, Amaya Rose, Bella, Zofia, and Xavier.


Minister Zoila L. Harris is a native of Ashland, VA and in the late 1970's relocated to Chesterfield County, VA. Out of a blended family she is the baby, middle, and fourth child of five siblings and currently resides in Henrico County, VA. While attending the "Family Church", the historical Brown Grove Baptist Church of Ashland, VA. under the then Pastoral leadership of the late Rev. James Lynch and the loving guidance, prayers and watchful eye of her late Granny Delia J. Lewis (Snook). Zoila felt the tug on her heart and was baptized at an early age, served as an usher, singing in the Youth, Mass and, Rainey Memorial Choirs. She eventually would become a Choir Director, Youth Mentor and, God Mother to many as her serious walk and relationship with the Lord begin to blossom in her late 20's.  Zoila is consistent and is not selfish or self-centered. She affirms, rebukes, and helps to build up with the ability to identify the needs of others and effectively serve them. Zoila has an understanding way about her that surrounds her action with care and patience which makes her one of the most caring people you will ever encounter.

Minister Harris is a charter member of Children of God Victory Tabernacle Ministries that was founded in June of 1993 under the leadership and guidance of Bishop M. Louis Lacey. Under the leadership and guidance of Senior Pastor Dr. Derrick L. Peterson Sr., she was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel. She also serves with the Hospitality and Transportation Ministries where she makes a productive, positive difference and contributes into the lives of the young and old alike. Minister Harris exudes a passionate positive vibrancy that allows others to listen to her opinions based upon her experiences. She achieves a good balance between serious dedication and discipline. Because of her work ethic, trustworthiness and her strong belief that ministry is more than just preaching, she understands that there is a higher call to Serve and to be a Servant of God, not only to talk and walk in it but, Be It. (James 1: 22-25)

Having a genuine heart to God's Love, Grace, Mercy and Service, and being more about the business of reaching and saving souls for the Kingdom of God, Minister Harris started her quest for more spiritual knowledge at CLI (Christian Leadership Institute) in December 2015. She later transferred and completed her studies at FLBI (Faith Landmarks Bible Institute) in June 2021 graduating with enough credits to earn her Associate Degree in Biblical Studies. Minister Harris has received serveral certifications and awards along her journey suchas: Christian Leaders & Ministry, Bible Study Leaders, People Smart for Ministry, and Christian Leadership Connections just to name a few. Some of her favorite scriptures and things to do are Galatians 2:19-21 and Hebrew 13:1 & 7, playing Sudoku, watching softball and taking pictures of trains. 

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Children Of God Victory Tabernacle
1146 Wilkinson Road
Richmond, VA 23227
Phone: 804-447-2176

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