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James Spence , Jr. is a native of Park Hall , Maryland . He is a graduate of Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland . He received an A.A. Degree from Emmanuel College in 1981 and a B.A. Degree from Emmanuel College School for Christian Ministries in 1983. Both schools are located in Franklin Springs , GA. Also, he has completed the required course of study with the Evangelical Teacher Training Association (ETTA) to receive an Evangelical Teacher Training Diploma, awarded in 1983.

He was called to the ministry at the age of 16. His initial sermon was preached on June 25, 1978 at the former House of God-Gates of Heaven in Park Hall , Maryland. under the leadership of the late Bishop John Clifton.

Several years after graduating from college and serving under the leadership of Bishop Clifton, James received the call of God to begin Praise and Deliverance Fellowship, now Oasis of Victory Christian Church International. He was challenged by God to reach those men and women that were being overlooked by others. He was also challenged by God to preach and teach the uncompromised Word of God that will tear down the walls of religion and tradition.

Pastor Spence's ministry reaches even into the community. He is the host of the weekly broadcast of “Empowering Your World” which can be seen and heard locally on cable television.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Community Development Corporation, the advisory board of the Family Self-Sufficiency, and a member of the Community Service Committee and other groups that deal with the disadvantaged.

Inspite of all of his accomplishments, he believes that “if it ain't about Jesus, it doesn't mean a thing.”