Alum to Lead Victory Church

Jon Chasteen, an alumnus of Southwestern Christian University, has been named the Lead Pastor of Victory Church in Oklahoma City, Okla. Chasteen had previously served as the interim senior pastor since the resignation of founder Mark Crow in April of 2014. After serving as Interim, Chasteen, who earned his bachelor’s degree from SCU in 2001, emerged above all other candidates to become pastor of the robust 20-year old church, which has four campuses in two countries.

Growing up as the son of Rev. John Chasteen in Irving, Texas, Jon came to Oklahoma to attend the SCU on a basketball scholarship. “If you had told me after my freshman year that I would be considering a career as a pastor, I would not have believed you,” Chasteen said. “It seems as though God has a sense of humor. When I was a sophomore at SCU, Christ became real to me. I am incredibly grateful for SCU and the impact it had on my life.”

At SCU, Chasteen was an outstanding basketball player for longtime Eagle coach Mark Arthur. He led the team to three National Christian College Association Championships from 1997-2001 and was later inducted into the SCU athletic hall of fame.

“I came to SCU with my focus completely on basketball,” Chasteen said. “Many of the coaches, faculty and students at SCU played a large role in where I have come today. You could say it was the perfect storm. A lot of different variables were in place that led me in this direction, but the basic foundation I received at SCU is something I cherish and am grateful for to this day.”

After graduating from SCU, Chasteen earned a Masters of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is currently ABD (All but dissertation) in a Doctorate of Education from Oral Roberts University. He is married to Michele Chasteen, who he met while attending SCU, and has two children, Corey, age 7 and Jace, age 4. Chasteen served as the University’s Vice President for Advancement for six years at SCU from 2004-2011. In 2011, he left SCU to join Victory Church to lead the launching of their new Edmond Campus as the Edmond Campus Pastor.

Victory is home to nearly 6,000 parishioners and has four campuses including Oklahoma City, Edmond, a Hispanic campus in the Oklahoma City metro and a campus in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa.

“I am humbled to serve as the pastor of this great church and I’m looking forward to listening and responding to God's call,” said Chasteen.