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"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is Faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it"

1st Corinthians 10:13

Tom Pickens is the Srt. Pastor and Founder and Pastor of Antelope Valley Christian Center, or more affectionately known as “AVCC”, which is located in Lancaster, California. He is also the Founder of Victory Christian Center located in Victorville, California and pastored by Al Zorn.  


Antelope Valley Christian Center had it’s first Sunday Morning Service on January 10, 1993 with 285 people in attendance, and has continued to grow averaging from 1000 to 1200 every Sunday Morning.


Prior to pioneering Antelope Valley Christian Center, in January of 1980 Tom taught at Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma for Kenneth Hagin Ministries, for three and one-half years.


In 1983 he joined the ministerial staff at Crenshaw Christian Center with Dr. Fred Price, where he served in an assisting position for ten years. Tom’s many duties at CCC included starting the School Of Ministry and School Of The Bible, teaching weekly Bible studies, and assisting in various other ways to meet the needs of the members.


In addition to pastoring, Tom continues to travel to various ministries speaking at conventions, seminars, retreats, workshops, etc., usually returning to his own pulpit on Sundays. In July of 1997 Pastor Tom founded Victory Christian Center which is located in Victorville, California approximately 70 miles from AVCC, which is now pastored by Pastor Al Zorn. Pastor Tom helped to launch Word of Victory Christian Center in early 2007 which is pastored by Keith Leos, and in January 2009 Pastor Tom also helped to launch Life of Victory Christian which is patored by LaMarcus Keys.


Tom has been happily married to his wife Donna for thirty-eight years, and together they are the blessed parents of two daughters, one son, and the proud grandparents of two granddaughters and one grandson.


Click here for a listing of Pastor Tom's Speaking Itinerary.

About Pastor's Wife- Min. Donna Pickens

Pastor Tom's Speaking Itinerary

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