Our History

 

The Victory Temple United Holy Church of America Inc. a Pentecostal church, was founded by the late Rev. H.M. Best, on April 15, 1965 in a house located at 15 Elizabeth Street in Glen Rock, NJ.  This house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. William and Fay Potts.  Our charter members included Mr. and Mrs. Potts, Mr. and Mrs. Carmi and Ester Best, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lee and Kay Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth and Joyce McIntyre as well as Rev. Best’s wife Marie, their older children and a few of Rev. Best’s nieces and nephews.

Prior to officially establishing what he used to affectionately refer to “his baby” he was the founder and Pastor of the St. Delight’s Baptist Church, in Manhattan, NY and served as an Associate Minister of the Creech Temple United Holy Church under the leadership of Rev. James Creech. 

When God spoke to Rev. Best in a vision and led him to leave Rev. Creech to establish the Victory Temple United Holy Church he did so reluctantly having formed a close relationship with Rev. Creech.

After Rev. Best left Creech Temple we did not have a building of our own for a while however, we were blessed to be able to hold services at various churches including Bible Way Church (Rev. Pettiford) which at that time was located on Governor Street, Jehovah Jira, (Rev. Parks) which was located on River Street and Thankful Baptist (Rev. Joseph James) on Godwin Avenue.  

We have occupied and held services in buildings on Bridge Street, Montgomery Street, Vreeland Avenue, 17th Avenue, and River Street.  God led Rev. Best to join fellowship with Bishop R.A. Haglar and the Unity Holy Churches of American which headquarter church was located in Lenore, North Carolina.

We were under the denomation of the Unity Holy Churches of America for a few years before Rev. Best moved back to his home in Goldsboro, North Carolina at which time his mother, Rev. Anna Braswell became our Pastor.

While under the Unity Holy Churches of America the opportunity presented itself for us to purchase a building on Vreeland Avenue here in the city of Paterson.  Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we were unable to acquire the building.  In 1979 Victory Temple moved to 40-42 Hillman Street where we have been ever since.

After two years in North Carolina Rev. Best once again became our Pastor. While in North Carolina Bishop Best became affiliated with the East Coast District of the United Holy Church of America, Inc. under the leadership of Bishop A.W. Williams Sr. and the decision was made by the church to leave the Unity Holy Churches of America and join the East Coast District of the United Holy Church of America.

While a part of the East Coast District Rev. Best was ordained Bishop H.M. Best.

After several years God gave Bishop Best a vision to establish and organize the Faith United District Assembly along with Bishop Felix Herring Sr. Several churches joined this district under their leadership including the Victory Temple United Holy Church of America.

Bishop Best remained our Pastor until he ordained and installed Elder Gloria Miles.  Elder Miles served as our pastor for ten years before she was elevated to Overseer at the 2009 Faith United District Assembly Holy Convocation and Elder Della Capers was appointed and continues to serve as pastor.