Pastor Vincent E. Peterson, I, or Pastor P as he is sometimes called, is the oldest of three sons born to Lambert and Mae Etta Peterson. He attended Warren City Schools and is a graduate of Warren Western Reserve High School. He was awarded a full football scholarship to Youngstown State University where he was a standout football player. He received numerous honors there including being named co-captain during his senior year as well as defensive lineman of the year. In coach Jim Tressel’s book, “More than a coach”, he is listed as one of his favorite players to date.
Pastor Peterson graduated in 1987 from Youngstown State with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He has held numerous positions within the criminal justice arena. He is
currently the Officer in Charge of the Intensive Supervision program in Trumbull County. He is also assigned to the US Marshalls Violent Fugitive Task Force. He is a hostage negotiator with the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team. In the past, he has worked as a drug task force agent for Trumbull County as well as with DEA. He has received numerous awards including the Trumbull County Prosecutors Homicide award, and commendations from the Warren police dept., Trumbull County drug task force, and the Trumbull County Sherriff’s office.
At the age of 13 Pastor Peterson accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior. He became a member of the Triedstone Baptist Church in Warren where he began his spiritual
journey under such great men as Rev. Roy Box and his father in the ministry, Rev. Samson Murry, Jr. During this time he served on the usher board, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, Children’s church, vacation Bible School as well as being a youth leader. In 1998 Pastor Peterson received his call to preach the gospel. In September of that year, he preached his initial sermon, “Let’s get ready to rumble”.
In 2007 Pastor Peterson received the call to Pastor the Providence Baptist Church in Akron. He readily accepted the call to pastor one of the oldest churches in the area. He was subsequently installed in June of 2007 and has hit the ground running. Pastor Peterson believes that the work of the church takes place outside of the walls of the building. He strongly believes in street evangelism and believes no soul is beyond being saved. Pastor Peterson also has a great love for the youth in the church as well as the community. He not only believes the youth are our future, but believes they are our present. Under his pastoral leadership and with the direction of the youth advisors, the youth have exploded in the church and have become an integral part of the ministry.
Pastor Peterson loves to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He credits the Lord with allowing him to preach using innovative ideas, including using caskets, diapers and raid gear to get the message across. Pastor Peterson truly loves the Lord and you will see it every time he preaches. He credits God for bringing him through a plane crash in 1992 and he always says “who wouldn’t serve a God like that”.
Pastor Peterson has been married to the beautiful first lady of Providence, Sister Evelyn Peterson for 25 years and they are the proud parents of Vincent, II who is a 2012 graduate of Villanova University and Amber Nicole, a 2012 graduate of Howland High School and an incoming freshman at The University of Akron.
Pastor Peterson loves his God, he loves his family and he loves his church. One of his favorite sayings is “it is not about me, but it’s all about Him.
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