Mark C. Tolbert, Teacher, Preacher, Entrepreneur. Mark was born the 5th child to Lee A. and Lorene Tolbert. You could never keep him still he was the life of the party. In his early years his entrepreneurial spirit shined through the midst of an era of poverty and despair. At age 9 Mark started a lawn care service and had 3 employees. His initial goal was to purchase the brand of tennis shoes he desired but his entrepreneurial thrust opened up his understanding to commerce and business practices. From there everything he thought about had to have business acumen. Mark Tolbert is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, Graduate of Central High School, attended Penn Valley Community College and received his DD from Western Baptist Bible College. In 1989, Bishop Tolbert became Senior Pastor of Victorious Life Church, 3400 Paseo. He is the former President of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Greater Kansas City (an ecumenical group comprising of 18 Denominations and over 300 Pastors), President of Sparrow Community Development Corporation, former Board Member of the Friends of Sacred Structures, President of Lee A. Tolbert Charter School Board, Diocesan Bishop of the Canadian District Council and Chairman of the Northwestern District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Bishop Tolbert married Emelda Tolbert in 1978. There were two children born into this marriage, Mark, Jr. (Gone Home to Glory) and Britton Elliot. The church congregation has grown considerably each year. Each week our services can be seen on television. We also carry the gospel to our community, our city and the world each week via live streaming video. Our church recently built a 40,000 square food Educational Wing, where the Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy Charter School is housed. The second phase of the Lee A. Tolbert Community Center has been completed and provides space for our youth ministry ( HYPE) as well as the recreational facility for the school. The Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy Charter School was founded by Bishop Mark Tolbert in 1999. The first year opened with 287 students. Now the student body is over 700 and takes 2 campuses to facilitate all the students. The Tolbert Charter Academies School District is accredited and has a waiting list of students to be enrolled. Our ministry presently has a food pantry where we feed the hungry and working poor. We host “Feed the Multitude”, a program where we feed the lonely, homeless, and many others each year. During this program we feed and clothe over 1000 individuals. Our Christian Education Electives are creating new excitement in the community as we move toward skills-based teaching. With our Computer Learning Center, we have managed to help hundreds of youth and adults find help and direction for their futures. Since receiving the mantle to pastor Christ Temple Church in July of 1989, our ministry has grown and flourished under the leadership of Bishop Mark Tolbert. In 2006 there was a name change. Our church pulled together to make a decision and our church name was officially changed to Victorious Life Church. The name changed shows that the congregants are willing to make preparations to minister to the next generation. Victorious Life Church has over 75 active ministries with Christian Education and the Christian Education Electives being at the forefront. One of our major ministries is the drama ministry. For the last 4 years we have performed Stairway to Heaven and the musical production The Wizz to audiences of over 14,000. The response to our productions has been phenomenal. Leadership will be the most important thing in the immediate future. Bishop Tolbert is preparing leaders to lead courageously and vivaciously into the future. A Louisiana native, First Lady Emelda Tolbert moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1975. She received an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Penn Valley Community College. She took courses in Medical Terminology, worked as a medical office Manager and studied Naturopathy Health at Clayton College of Natural Health for several years, until its closing. First Lady Tolbert married Bishop Mark Tolbert, pastor of Victorious Life Church (VLC) in Kansas City, Missouri on April 8, 1978. They are the proud parents of two children; Mark Jr. (gone home to be with the Lord) and Britton Elliott. She has served in numerous capacities in the VLC Ministry. Currently, she serves as Interior Decorator, Special Events Planner, member of the Bereavement Ministry, Christian Education instructor for elective classes, a writer for the VLC Newsletter and Director of the Women’s Ministry. As Director of the Women’s Ministry, she coordinate programs to benefit women and children; “Fashion Share”, a ministry that minister to hurting women and children of domestic violence, “Students Academic Recognition Program”, and “Daughters of Divine Destiny” Scholarship Pageant; encouraging, equipping and empowering young ladies ages 16-22 for divine destiny. First Lady Tolbert served as the Chief Administrator of Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy; a charter school founded by her husband, serving grades Kindergarten through eight, with an enrollment of over 550 multi cultural students. Having a passion to see students excel, she and her husband both became certified as Educational Center Directors and launched Tolbert Tutoring Innovations, which tutors students throughout the state of Missouri. First Lady Tolbert is also a successful entrepreneur. She and her husband are Directors in GNLD International, an organic whole food nutritional products network marketing company. Their down line consist of 1800 distributors and customers which comprises; Africa, Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and 21 states within the United States. Emelda handles the day to day operations of the business, recruits and trains distributors, as well as conduct informational workshops on a national and international level. They have been recipients of numerous GNLD top producer awards. First Lady Tolbert is a woman of Faith. In 1998 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. While being treated for Breast Cancer she and her husband lost their 19 year old son in a car accident. She is cancer free and medicine free and attributes her victory to faith in God, prayer, a strong support system and the all natural, organic whole food GNLD supplements. Emelda’s favorite scripture is Pslams 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.