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About Us


Christ the King was founded in 1985 by the Reverend John W. McVicker, Sr., and his wife, Marilynn McVicker in Milwaukee, WI.

For 38 years, CTK has been dedicated to promoting the Kingdom of God through spirit-filled worship, dynamic preaching, and biblical teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What began as a small gathering of all thirty-nine members has become a global movement of people passionately following Jesus.

In addition, we offer services to meet your physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Our facilities include a church, school, quality of life center, and credit union. With over 35 ministries and dedicated members, CTK remains a shining light in our community and around the world. We are committed to helping people find new life in Christ, learn the power of the word of God, experience God's power, and understand the principles of faith. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, CTK welcomes you.


To Know Christ, And to Make Him Known.


Reverend John Wesley McVicker, Sr., has been preaching and teaching the Word of God since October 1975, locally, nationally, and internationally. As the founding pastor of Christ The King Baptist Church (1985), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Reverend McVicker is committed to the cultivation of Christian growth within his congregation and throughout the community. Under his leadership, Christ The King built a new edifice in 1997; organized King’s Academy Christian School in 1998; and built a Quality of Life Center in 2005.  In addition, Reverend McVicker organized Christ The King’s affiliates: Samaritan Project, Inc., CTK Development Inc., CTK Housing Development, and CTK CU (Credit Union), that provide programs and services to its members and the Milwaukee community-at-large.  

His passion for ministry continues to be demonstrated universally.  In the Milwaukee area, Reverend McVicker serves as Board Chairman for King’s Academy Christian School, an Associate Chaplain for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee.  As Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for So Send I You, an organization dedicated to missional work nationally and abroad, Reverend McVicker has led Christ The King to provide significant contributions to countries, such as: Haiti, Bahamas, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, South Africa, and Guatemala.  


Reverend McVicker holds a Bachelor of Ministry Degree in theological studies from the Milwaukee Theological Institute; Bachelor of Arts and Master of Theology Degrees from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; studied at Wycliffe Hall School of Preaching - University of Oxford, Oxford, England, United Kingdom; and in April 2018, he was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity.


Reverend John Wesley McVicker, Sr. is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is married to the former Marilynn Johnson. They have three children:  Shaleace, Kasia and John, Jr.; and five grandchildren, John III, Kai, Kennedy, Khloe and Carter.


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