Sonny Arguinzoni is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Outreach International.
Pastor Sonny Arguinzoni, Founder of Victory Outreach International
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Sonny Arguinzoni (born November 12, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an evangelical Christian minister and author.
He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Outreach International, a fellowship of over 700 churches and ministries in 33 countries.
Founded in 1967, Victory Outreach
is a recognized leader in the field of sustainable transformational ministry.
is also the author of four books, "Sonny
", "Treasures out of Darkness", "Internalizing the Vision", and "Vision for the Outcast".
is also sought after for speaking engagements at conferences and crusades across the globe.
Born of inter-racial parents (Italian and Puerto Rican) Sonny Arguinzoni
was raised in a traditional Christian family setting.
The younger of two children, he
succumbed to the toxic environment of inner-city Brooklyn in his
began associating with the Viceroy gang which controlled his
local neighborhood, though never fully joining.
teen years were marked by petty crime and substance abuse.
By the time Sonny Arguinzoni
was 21-years-old his
drug use had spiraled out of control.
was desperate for answers, and after an unsuccessful treatment attempt at the Federal Hospital
in Lexington, Kentucky, an old acquaintance recruited him to the Teen Challenge center in Brooklyn.
Sonny Arguinzoni attended the Latin American Bible Institute (L.A.B.I.) and then directed the Teen Challenge center in Los Angeles, California.
met Julie Rivera at L.A.B.I., they married and started a family.
While at Teen Challenge he indentified the need for local churches that would readily accept converted drug addicts, so he started Victory Outreach as an experimental house church.
Read Julie Arguinzoni's bio here.
EAST LOS ANGELES
Victory Outreach was founded in 1967 by Sonny and Julie Arguinzoni when they invited people from the Aliso Village housing projects into their own home.
In the early 1970â€™s, Sonny Arguinzoni
felt an overwhelming sense of destiny.
congregation to step out in faith by starting affiliate churches in inner-city areas across California.
has also started Urban/Missionary Training Centers in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Los Angeles, California; Tijuana, Mexico; and Cape Town, South Africa.
has instituted evangelism and ministry programs that reach out to gang members, prostitutes, prisoners and hard-core drug users.
says with conviction,"I will be dedicated to Victory Outreach
for the rest of my life.