Reverend Vander Warner, Jr.
In 1966, Reverend Vander Warner, Jr. accepted the call to become Grove's Senior Pastor.
When Warner began his ministry, he was the only full-time minister on staff.
had to prepare the sermon, plan the worship service and lead the music each week.
also became the steward of the television ministry.
found the process of rushing to the television station exhausting.
Church staff at "Old Grove"
Believing that there had to be a better way to produce a TV program, Pastor Warner began to look at the broadcast market and investigate Grove's options.
WRVA-TV, Channel 12, was building a reputation for "remote" or "out-of-the studio" productions.
They had the equipment, personnel and experience necessary to bring cameras into the sanctuary at 1015 Grove Avenue.
Under the leadership of its dynamic new preacher, Grove
moved from WTVR-TV, Channel 6, to WRVA-TV, Channel 12.
The agreement Warner
made with Channel 12 would also expand the program from thirty minutes to a full hour, thus eliminating the need for an abbreviated worship service for television.
The program could now follow the regular morning worship service.
wanted to give an identity to Grove's new program.
Bible study at the time led him to the conviction that it is Jesus who gives us victory in our lives.
named this new hour of television the Victory Hour and a new era of the media ministry would begin.
, anxious to keep pace with the technology of the day, pushed for color cameras.
put together a separate nonprofit fund called "A Purpose for Giving.
appealed to the church for 10 men to give $7,000 each.
Near the end of the 30 days, he
had five men and a total of $35,000.
With time running out, Warner
turned to one of the 5 contributors, Oran Jarrell, for help.
"Rosie was the brightest spot in our music ministry," Warner
had the unique ability to get a lot of performance out of the choir.
Pastor Warner had a widespread audience appeal.
Vander Warner appealed to local television producer Mark Jenkins, son of W. D. "Tommy" Jenkins, to step in as Interim Minster of Media "for six months."
Within six months of the implementation of the interim agreement designed by Warner
and Jenkins, Grove's broadcast had greatly improved.
asked Jenkins to continue the interim agreement for another six months.
In 1992, Vander Warner
stood before the church and announced his
retirement, advocating his
position for a younger man.
felt "a stirring of the nest" might be good for the church.
had been a champion of the ministry.