Saint Mark United Methodist Church, the largest Black church in the Great Plains Conference of the UMC, is getting a new pastor.

The Rev. Dr. Victor T. McCullough will begin his duties as Senior Pastor on July 1. In a letter to the church, Bishop David Wilson, Bishop of the Great Plains Conference of the UMC, announced the appointment. 

Rev. Dr. McCullough has served as pastor in United Methodist Churches for more than 30 years, including executive pastor at Saint Mark in 1997 and 1998. He has also served as Senior Pastor, Mount Zion UMC, New Orleans, until his family and the church were displaced due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He then went on to serve as Senior Pastor, Quayle UMC, Oklahoma City, for some 12 years before being named District Superintendent, Heartland District, Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church where he has served for the past 5 years.

Rev. Dr. McCullough received his undergraduate degree in social work at the University of Texas, in Arlington. He did his graduate work at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, earning his Master of Divinity degree in June, 1988. He then did post graduate work at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D. C., earning his Doctor of Ministry – Church Leadership degree in 2009.

The 61-year-old succeeds the Rev. Robert Johnson, who is moving to Resurrection, a United Methodist Church, as its Leawood campus pastor.

Rev. Dr. McCullough is married to Nancy McCullough, an educator for over 30 years who answered her call into ministry in 2005 who is now an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He and Nancy have four young adult children: Aloise, Telana, Nile, and ViaFaith.