Pastor Doug Bankson was originally from Altadena, California. Growing up, Pastor Doug travelled and sang across country with his father and brothers. When Pastor Doug was 19 years old he accepted a position as the youth pastor for Cornerstone World Outreach Center located in Sioux City, IA. It is there where he met the love of his life, Jeri Pedersen, and in 1987 they were married.
After several years of serving at Cornerstone, Pastors Doug & Jeri felt a strong pull from God to begin a church in Florida. Earlier in his life, Pastor Doug’s family had lived in Apopka, FL, a friendly little town located in the northern suburbs of Orlando. Now years later, they felt the Lord was leading them back to Apopka. So after much prayer and with blessings from Pastors Larry & Eileen Gordon of Cornerstone, Pastor Doug & Jeri, and their 3 boys (Ben, Joe, & Mike) and a daughter on the way (Victoria) moved down to Florida to obey God and plant a church. Thus in the spring of 1995, Victory Church was born, with a heart to reach the city of Apopka, and the nations abroad!