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Want to get to know our Elders better? Hopefully these short biographies will help you know a little more about them.


Vic Gerson


Vic has been an elder/pastor at Southgate Church for fifteen years. Vic was part of Victory Fellowship (now Southgate Church) "since the beginning"! Vic's primary role is topical direction and preaching.

Quite a few. Topical direction, staffing and meetings for staff. Elder and staff retreats. Preaching, and preaching schedules. Oversees office staff, finances, small groups, and KOV.

I've been married for 27 years to Nancee. We have 3 children. Andrea, Ethan, and Caleb.

Degree in Business Administration
15 years experience in full time ministry

What you Love about Southgate Church
Our people's heart for the Lord along with community that is diverse and willing to embrace others.

Quote Or Advice
Always love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul. Love your neighbor as yourself.

What You Enjoy
Church history, baseball, golf, and Clive Cussler novels.

A random thought
God offends the mind to reveal the heart.

joelorusso.jpg  Joe LoRusso


Joe has been an elder/pastor at Southgate Church since Rivers of Life Church merged with Victory Fellowship in May 2008. (Joe served as one of the pastors at Rivers of Life Church since 1982. He became Senior Pastor of Rivers of Life in 1986.)




Joe is responsible for the Prophetic ministry, Care Ministry, Ministry teams, Media and Missions.

Married to wife Sherry (29 years), three sons - Micah (US Army), Josiah (Best Buy Geek Squad) & Jason (Student at MO State University) and one granddaughter, Natsumi LoRusso (age 4). 

Some Jr. College too many F's in English Composition - thought why whould I need that!

Ministry training: On the job training by Bob Mckee, Ruth McKee Vann and Hobart Vann and the Holy Spirit, learned to discern good and evil thru much practice. Wish I knew what I know now when I was younger.  Serving in full-time ministry for 27 years, and still learning and growing.

What you Love about Southgate Church
So many young people, and old people who do not think old! Being a part of what the Lord is doing today (which is something different than what we are used to experiencing).

Quote Or Advice
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

What You Enjoy
Prophetic Worship, Family dinners, Old movies, Christmas, Feast of Tabernacles, Soccer (soccer keeps moving down on the list!)

A random thought

Hebrews 11:6* And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Being a realist is really unbelief - faith is seeing what is yet not real - which is easier to have?


Kevin Pratt


Kevin has been an elder/pastor at Southgate Church since 2000. Kevin's primary role is working with the worship teams, overseeing the benevolence ministries, pastoral care and leading the church toward transformation. You'll often find Kevin in the hallway meeting new people!

Oversight of the worship teams, church prayer, benevolence, buildings and grounds and general pastoral responsibilities.

My family is the most important thing in my life next to my relationship to Jesus. I've had the honor of being married to Sheila for over 25 years, and we have eight beautiful children. Joshua and Jonathan are married to wonderful ladies and Jacob is engaged to be married this Fall. Jesse is participating in an internship at IHOP - KC and those children still at home include Jacob, Rachel, Jeremiah, Rebekah and Judah.

I have a Bachelors and a Masters degree in education. I've been a pastor at Victory for over 6 years now. What an honor.

What you Love about Southgate Church
I came to Victory Fellowship (now Southgate Church) over 18 years ago because it was a body of believers that was committed to prayer, worship and a passionate life style of pursuing Jesus. These are the things that I still love about VF. Add to that all the wonderful people that have taught me so much by their love for the Lord, and their commitment to others.

Quote Or Advice
Sow to the Spirit, everything that we do for the Lord now will reap a great reward in the next life.

What You Enjoy
I love to build houses. It was a great privilege to build two houses in the last five years with my sons. I love to spend time with Jesus in prayer and worship. I love Jane Austen movies. I love to vacation with my family. There is nothing like getting the family out of town, and just spending time with each other.

A random thought
I believe that the Lord has powerful things in store for us to walk in over the next few years. I believe we have only scratched the surface of that God wants to do to reach our city and our nation.









Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 December 2009 )
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