Pastor Chris, servant leader, loving husband and involved father. These three roles best describe the driving force behind his passion for life. He is the Pastor of Victorious Believers Ministries COGIC where the motto is Passionately Seeking God, Joyfully Serving Others and Intentionally Loving People. In May 2010, he was appointed successor to his father, mentor and hero as pastor by the International Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake. His love for God and God’s people is demonstrated through the vision, purpose and plan to build the five pillars of ministry (family, discipleship, evangelism, missions and community development) undergirded with prayer.
In 1996, he married his high school sweetheart & love of his life, Kenyatta Nelson. Quality time being both of their love languages, they make it a priority to always put each other first as they navigate life’s journey. They enjoy traveling, sports, and regular date nights. God has blessed their union with two adorable sons, Carrington Drew & Chandler Blake. Not only does he cherish the titles of husband, father, and pastor, but he is also known as coach Pryor to all of his sons’ friends on the football, basketball and soccer field.
Pastor Chris is the youngest child of the late Bishop Marvin C. and Evangelist Ruth C. Pryor. His parents instilled in him the importance of a healthy balance between faith, family, & friendships with an emphasis on education. The youngest of two brothers (Bro. Derrick and the late Elder Mel) and sister (Missionary Vonda Massey), he cherishes the close relationship he shares with them as they serve along side him in ministry.
He has prepared himself for corporate America with a B.A. in Business Administration, concentration in Management and a M.A. in Educational Leadership both from Saginaw Valley State University. He was employed by Pfizer Inc, for 13 years, where he was the recipient of many top awards; Rookie of the Year, Regional Advisory Board & President Cabinet Award. Pastor Chris’ love for the word, inspired him to return back to school pursing a Master of Practical Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary where he will complete his studies in May 2020.
In 2019 Pastor Chris was appointed Superintendent of the Old Landmark District for Michigan Southwest Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He passionately served as the Youth Pastor overseeing Triumphant Teens (T2) and Children of Destiny ministries for 16 years at VBM and currently serves as Jurisdictional Youth President & AIM Chairman (Auxiliary In Ministry) for Michigan Southwest Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Because praise is what he does and worship is who he is, he served as worship leader and still has a gifting and anointing to flow and usher people into the presence of God.
Pastor Chris serves on several board of directors including; Saginaw Community Foundation, Saginaw Valley State University Board of Fellows (President 2019-2021, Vice President 2017-18), Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2021), Saginaw City Rescue Mission, and Disproportionate Minority Contract Initiative (DMC). He also serves on the Saginaw Community Affairs Community Board. Pastor Chris is an advocate for education and remains an integral part of the local academic community, specifically at Jessie Loomis Elementary School, where he partners with the teachers and staff to offer emotional support to students and their families on a weekly basis.
In 2012 he received the Fatherhood Award through the Power of Dad Organization. In April 2014 he was selected as 100 Most Influential Pastors in the Church of God in Christ. In March 2016 he was honored with the Prestigious HIM Award (High Impact Male) for the work he has done within the community and most recently, in November 2018 he was honored with the Heart of the City Community Award.
Pastor Chris’ favorite scripture passage is: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6. His life’s credo is, “Praise is what I do and worship is who I am.
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2 CORINTHIANS 9:7
VICTORIOUS BELIEVERS MINISTRIES
624 S Outer Dr.
Saginaw, MI 48601