A native of Winter Haven, Wayne Blackburn is the lead pastor of Victory Church, one of Florida’s most progressive churches. Victory Church began in 1989 and has more than 5,000 people who call it their church home. The church has completed its fifth building program, one of which was the Sanctuary seating more than 3,000. Pastor Blackburn has led the church with a heart for missions, giving a total of more than thirty million dollars in the last thirty-one years.
Blackburn formerly served on the Polk County Children’s Task Force, the board of VISTE and the board of HUG. He was the District Executive Secretary, Christian Education and Development Director for the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God. He also formerly served as a member of the Division of Foreign Missions Board. He now serves as the District Executive Treasurer, an Executive Presbyter for the Pen Florida District and a General Presbyter for the General Council of the Assemblies of God International. He is a member of the Assemblies of God Financial Services Board, on the Executive Committee for the Assemblies of God Foundation, and on the Board of the Ministers’ Benefit Association. He serves on the EMERGE Ministries Board, on the Board of Calcutta Mercy Ministries, and is a Chaplain for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. He was also named Alumnus of the Year at Southeastern University, serves as Vice Chairman of the SEU Board, and Chairman of the Finance Committee.
He and his wife, Sharon, have celebrated fifty-three years of marriage and are blessed with three adult children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Blackburn is known for his excitement, motivational and administrative skills, and as a visionary. His prime statement is “Win one more soul to Christ.”