Jim Pradke - Pastor
Victory Christian Church founder, Jim Pradke, has been our full-time pastor since 1993. Jim’s passion for God’s Word is expressed through his creative teaching style and expository preaching each week. His Christ-like compassion is felt as he visits those who are suffering, giving spiritual counsel to those who seek God’s wisdom. He uses his God-given talents during our weekly Sunday services, as he leads the worship team in preparing the hearts of the worshipers to receive God’s Word. Pastor Jim is actively involved in local community ministries such as the Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center, as his heart is burdened for the lives of the unborn.
He and his wife, Brenda, married in 1979. Having relocated from Chicago, they settled in Knox, Indiana where they have raised their seven children. Jim is often actively involved in family activities with their many grandchildren. His days are full, yet he tries to get in a 5 mile walk whenever possible. He’s an avid primitive camper, canoeist, and health enthusiast. He brews espresso most mornings and makes cappuccino for visitors, upon request. He’s known by family to make the best Greek salad ever, but friends line up when he smokes salmon on the grill. You’ll often hear him quote, “Bacon is good on just about anything!”
Kevin Heiser - Youth & Children's Minister
Growing up in Crown Point, IN, Kevin Heiser has been an avid musician since elementary school. Having played upright bass in high school and for the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra, Kevin attended Valparaiso University and Indiana State University for Music and German. Kevin has lots of interests and passions, but absolutely loves working with children and teens. Over the past several years, Kevin has served in both paid and volunteer roles at Christian summer camps around the Midwest.
Having been blessed with lots of opportunities in music, Kevin has had the opportunity to play bass guitar for various bands, including: The Franklins (Terry Franklin of the Gaithers), Jerry Jacoby, theSurrendering and with Dave Frey the lead singer of Sidewalk Prophets. While working at Camp LRCA as their Program Assistant, Kevin learned of the need for a full-time Youth & Children's Minister at Victory Christian Church. After spending time in prayer and meeting with the elders and search committee, Kevin accepted the position in September 2016.
Kevin absolutely loves the children and teens at the church and devotes many hours to various programs and activities for them. His goal is to not only be their teacher, but come alongside them as a mentor and friend.