Pastor: Elder Della M. Capers
Pastor Capers was born in Goldsboro, NC to Rev. Carmi and Ester Best. As a child she moved with her family to New York and then to Paterson, NJ where she has been a proud resident ever since. She graduated from Eastside HS and attended William Paterson University.
Elder Capers has been happily married to Steven for over 40 years and they were blessed to have six children through their union: Sherry, Steven Jr., Lynda, Anthony, Timothy and Carmen. Additionally Pastor Capers is the proud grandmother of 28 grandchildren and 23 great grand children (and counting).
Affectionately known as “Aunt Della” to many, she has been an active member of Victory Temple since the late Bishop H.M. Best was led by the Lord to establish the church in 1965. She has served as President of Pastor’s Aid, the Youth Department and the Missionary Board and has been a member of the Usher’s Department. For years, she served as Director of her “first love” Victory Temple's Adult Choir.
She currently serves as secretary of the Board of Presbyterian of the Faith United District Assembly.
In 2003, after years of serving in nearly all facets of the church, she was called to the ministry to preach the Word of God. While holding her Lay Missionary License, she went before the Board of Presbyterian of the Faith United District Assembly and received her Minister Missionary License, two years later in 2005, she received her Evangelist license and in 2006 she was ordained as an Elder. In 2009 Elder Capers was promoted to be the Pastor of Victory Temple UHC.
Elder Capers aspires to continually walk in the knowledge and fullness of God. She desires to live a life that is Christ centered in an effort to influence others who may or may not know Him. Elder Capers received her Three Year Certificate from and still occassionally attends Monday Evening Bible School (MEBS) at Hawthorne Gospel Church located in Hawthorne, NJ.
Devout in her and walk and as evidence in her work for the Lord, Elder Capers lives to fullfill her favorite scipture:
Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?" Then said I, "Here am I! Send me." Isaiah 6:8
Asst. Pastor: Elder Anthony Capers
Elder Capers, born September 25, 1973, a lifelong resident of Paterson, New Jersey is the fourth of six children to Deacon Steven Capers, Sr. and Pastor Della Capers. An immensely proud product of the Paterson Public School system, he attended schools # 18 and 20 for Elementary and graduated from Eastside High School in 1991. Anthony briefly attended the Historically Black School, Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
He returned home to NJ in 1993 and began working at Mid-Lantic Bank in Paterson. Over the next 14 years of working for various companies in corporate America, he returned back to school and is currently attending William Paterson University working towards receiving his BS in Biology and a K-12 Education certification to become a high school science teacher.
Anthony, a lifelong member of Victory Temple UHC, has been faithful in service to his church. Tony, who considers himself to be a living, breathing, and walking example of Proverbs 22:6, has served as a member of the Victory Temple Youth Ensemble, has been a Steward, Trustee and an Ordained Deacon. He has also served as an usher and eventually the Usher Board President. Elder Capers has been the teacher of the Sunday School adult class, President of the Future Kings Organization(young men’s group), a member of the Victory Temple Men’s Chorus, a member of the locally known quartet group, The Disciples of Victory, and Co-Editor of the Victory Temple newsletter, The Victorious Word. Anthony is currently a member of the Victory Temple Finance committee, Superintendent of Sunday school, a member of the Adult choir of and is President of the Sunday School Department.
In 2009, he went before the Board of Presbyterian of the Faith United District Assembly and received his Minister Missionary License to preach the Gospel. In August of 2011, Tony received his Evangelist license. In the summer of 2014, once again he went before the Board to receive his Elder’s license and in 2015 he was ordained as Assistant Pastor of Victory Temple UHC.
As a bold and faithful soldier for Christ, He believes and understands the Lord’s will and purpose for all Christians is to positively impact the lives of others. Anthony is a teacher for the Community Charter School of Paterson.
He is the father of Anais McKay and Anthony Capers, Jr. In July 2000, Anthony married Shyrelle (Melton) and their holy union was blessed with sons; Jeremiah, Jonah, Joshua, and Jacob and their daughter Johanna and has one grand daugther, Aubree.
Elder Anthony is devout in his faith, serious about his integrity, walks in his Salvation, and is committed to Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. (KJV)
Elder Shyrelle Capers
Elder Shyrelle (Melton) was born to Alvin McIntyre and Shirley Melton, on November 28, 1978. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, she graduated from School #12 in 1992 and then from Eastside HS in 1996. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Ramapo College of NJ (2002); additionally she earned a Pre-K 3 Certificate from Montclair State University and currently holds a Pre-K - Grade 3 NJ Teaching License. She was a preschool teacher for 14 years and is currently a Child Development Specialist for early intervention.
In July of 2000, Shyrelle married Anthony Capers and were blessed with their four sons Jeremiah, Jonah, Joshua and Jacob and their daughter Johanna. She is also the proud stepmother to Anais McKay and Anthony Capers, Jr. and has a grand daughter, Aubree.
While growing up, Shyrelle was a familiar face to Victory Temple, though she was a member at Family Circle Baptist Church, where Rev. Charles Spencer was the Pastor. In 1997, she made Victory Temple her home church.
Since then, Shyrelle has been a member of the Women’s and Adult choir. She has served on the Nurses’ and Ushers’ Board. She has been vice president of the Youth Department and president of the Women’s Auxiliary Department. She has been Co-Editor of Victorious Word and helps to maintain the church’s website. She was a member of the Praise Dance Ministry and is a teacher for early elementary Sunday school class. She is a youth leader and one of the founding members of Victory's young ladies group, Daughters of Esther (formerly Black Diamonds). In 2003, Shyrelle received her Lay Missionary License and became, and is currently president of the Missionary Board. In 2009, she went before the Board of Presbyterian of the Faith United District Assembly and received her Minister Missionary License to preach the Gospel and in August of 2011 she received her Evangelist license. In the summer of 2014, once again she went before the Board to receive her Elder’s license.
Shyrelle strives to live her life pleasing to God and believes her purpose is to listen to and be obedient to God’s Will, to be wherever He needs her to be and to help whoever He shall have her to help in whatever form that may be.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path."
Evangelist Sherry Capers-Dock
Evangelist Sherry was born and raised in Paterson NJ where she currently resides. She is the eldest daughter of Steve and Della Capers. In 1985, Sherry graduated from Eastside HS and later attended William Paterson University graduating Cum Laude and receiving her BA in Theatre with Performing Arts Honors. In 2003, she received her BA in Psychology from William Paterson University and is currently working towards a M.Ed. in School and Professional Counseling. While earning her degrees she continued to work full-time in several different departments at William Paterson University. Sherry continues to work at William Paterson University as well as being a counselor at Eva's Village in Paterson, NJ.
In 1992, Sherry married Evern Dock and together they have 5 children, Rashida, Rose, Darson, Stephanie and James, in addition to their latest count of 17 grandchildren. Sherry was also blessed to carry their angel Isaiah Evern Dock, who was carried home to be with the Lord during his birth.
Bae, as she is known to many, has been a lifelong member of Victory Temple. She is actually one of, if not the first member of the youth department established in 1967. She is also an original member of the Chosen Ensemble and has been a member of the youth ensemble, the adult choir and women’s chorus, as well as serving on the kitchen committee. Sherry is a former president and Vice President of UYPHU (United Young People’s Holy Union).
Minister Capers-Dock wears many “hats” in the Victory Temple family. She currently serves as President of the Pastor’s Aid Department, the Church’s Administrative Assistant, which includes responsibilities such as booking the church’s engagements and events and maintaining the church’s calendar. Minister Sherry is also the church announcer and Sunday School Secretary, while also holding the position of Sunday School teacher and Bible Study Teacher. Among her many jobs, she also leads Praise and Worship and coordinates the annual DMY&YAC
In 2004, Sherry was called into the ministry during an annual union service. The office of an Apostle was prophesied over her from the District’s Presiding Bishop. Although she was not lead to receive any licenses at the time, her life and works exemplified that calling. It wasn’t until 2011 that Sherry was guided to go before the Faith United District Assembly Board of Presbyterian where she received her Minister’s license. In the summer of 201, Minister Dock, once again went before the board to receive her Evangelist’s license.
Acknowledging the command of Matthew 28, Sherry is fully aware of the call that has been given to her to pursue a street ministry and wherever else the Lord leads her.
Sherry’s favorite scripture is Psalm 51, but she believes 2 Timothy 1:7 describes her calling: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Minister Rose Watson
Minister Rose Sheree Capers was born on September 25th, 1985 in Paterson, NJ, to Willie White and Sherry Capers. After the passing of Rose's father Willie, her mother Sherry married Evern Dock, who raised Rose and her brother and sister as his own. Spending most of her childhood living in Paterson, NJ, Rose graduated from School 18, class of 1995. Graduating from Passaic County Technical Institute's School of Cosmetology in 2003, she went on to receive her BA in Sociology from William Paterson University in 2011. Rose is currently a youth counselor of Children Aid and Family Services.
In 2008, Rosie (as she is affectionately known) married Derrick Watson and to their union they have 6 children, Deana, Malachi, Elijah, twins Samantha and Chloe and BrookeLynn.
Rosie has been a lifelong member of Victory Temple. She was singing on the choir before she was potty trained. In fact, she has been a member of the youth ensemble, the adult choir and women’s chorus and has been a praise dancer. Following in the steps of her mother and grandmother, Rose also wears many "hats" in the church." In addition to being a lifelong and current choir member, she works on the kitchen commitee, has been a member and is now President of UYPHU (United Young People’s Holy Union). Rose also serves on women's auxiliary, the missionary board, as well as the nurses's board.
In 2012, being guided by the late Bishop Gloria Miles, Rose was called into the ministry, going before the Faith United District Assembly Board of Presbyterian where she received her Lay Missionary license. In the summer of 2014, Missionary Watson , once again went before the board to receive her Minister's license