Elder Walter Scott was led by God to Elder Raymond Lloyd’s church on 17th and Woodland. There he found Elder Lloyd sitting outside, very discouraged. He gladly welcomed Elder Scott and asked him to take charge of the church. Elder Scott was later led to take the Pastorate of the church. There was only one member, Bro. Mark Edgely, besides Elder Scott’s wife, Sis. Zephyr. On July 10, 1938, Elder Scott had an official opening of the reestablished church and named the church Christ Temple Pentecostal Church. Because of the poor condition of the building, Elder Scott relocated the church to the building at 2104 Harrison.


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About Victorious Life Church



A Louisiana native, First Lady Emelda Tolbert moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1975.  She received an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Penn Valley Community College.  She took courses in Medical Terminology, worked as a medical office Manager and studied Naturopathy Health at Clayton College of Natural Health for several years, until its closing.   First Lady Tolbert married Bishop Mark Tolbert, pastor of Victorious Life Church (VLC) in Kansas City, Missouri on April 8, 1978. They are the proud parents of two children; Mark Jr. (gone home to be with the Lord) and Britton Elliott.  


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Mark C. Tolbert, Teacher, Preacher, Entrepreneur. Mark was born the 5th child to Lee A. and Lorene Tolbert. You could never keep him still he was the life of the party. In his early years his entrepreneurial spirit shined through the midst of an era of poverty and despair. At age 9 Mark started a lawn care service and had 3 employees. His initial goal was to purchase the brand of tennis shoes he desired but his entrepreneurial thrust opened up his understanding to commerce and business practices. From there everything he thought about had to have business acumen.   


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Our History1938 - Present

Meet 1st Lady Emelda Tolbert

Meet Bishop Mark Tolbert


Victorious Life Church is a Bible believing bible preaching church. Full of energy, our Pastor Bishop Mark Tolbert ministers under the anointing and unction of the Holy Spirit each Sunday at the 8am service and the 10:45 am service. Our services are well orchestrated but guided by the leading of the Holy Spirit. The worship team opens each service promptly at the designated time.  Bishop Tolbert is a stickler for starting on time and ending our services on time.  Each Sunday at VLC prayer starts our spirit filled day at 7am.  followed by a lively and spirit filled service.  After service the VLC campus is bustling with activities for all.  The book store / Print shop / coffee shop sell cappuccino's and DVD's of the early service. Christian Education classes and Christian Education electives are being conducted for all ages and in the spacious fellowship hall there is a full course breakfast prepared and sold for a nominal fee. Some of our Christian Ed classes meet around the breakfast table. Every first Sunday our chef's prepare chicken and waffles. At 10:45 service starts in the main auditorium while the Youth have services designed for them in the family life center. we hope you will visit us soon.