Bio for Cory J. Chavis


Cory J. Chavis was born and raised in the City of Detroit and was educated at St. Mary’s of Redford from first through twelfth grade where he was a member of the National Honor Society. Cory attended the University of Detroit Mercy and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, where he also received the Engineering & Science Student of the Year Award in 1995. He later received his Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from Ashford University, graduating with honors. He is also a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship and has a Master’s in the Art of Teaching with a specialization in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University. He is currently certified in the State of Michigan in Secondary Education with specialization in Mathematics. Cory has received his religious and seminary training from Michigan Theological Seminary in Plymouth Michigan, and is a divorced father of two phenomenal children, Cory Immanual and Alaysha Shekinah. 


Nine years ago, a group of twenty people gathered with Reverend Chavis in the fellowship hall of Kadesh Baptist Church and organized Victory Community Church and selected Revered Chavis to be the Senior Pastor. This group of twenty has expanded to over three hundred members with a multitude of ministries and community projects and programs. Under Pastor Chavis’ leadership, Victory Community Church also successfully launched a 501C3, Victory Community Development Corporation. The ministry has been blessed, first starting services in 2012 with humble beginnings in the basement of Don Bosco Hall on West Chicago in Detroit. In 2014 we were blessed to move to West 7 Mile to our own facility. There we started our children’s church and launched our Victory Community Day in August to serve and support those in need in the community. The Lord continued to expand Victory Church and on Easter 2017, Victory Community Church moved to its current location at 14025 Hubbell in Detroit at the corner of Hubbell and Grand River. This facility is in alignment with the vision of the ministry and expansion plans for a community computer lab, child care center, and summer programing.  The facility holds over 300, has its own baptismal pool, and multiple classrooms. 


In 2018, Pastor Chavis was elevated to the office of Bishop and consecrated by his father in ministry, Bishop Gregory L. Foster Sr. He was also asked to serve as the presiding prelate of the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches where he served for one year but has since resigned as prelate to concentrate on his church, community work, and other projects. Victory Church continues to work diligently in the community and has been a tremendous blessing by giving away over 250 bicycles, over 500 back to school backpacks, supporting the City of Detroit Safe Sleep Initiative and giving away over 100 pack and plays to mothers in need, as well as feeding over 1000 people in various food drives and initiatives. Victory’s hallmark event continues to be their August Victory in the Community event that now brings hundreds of vendors and resources to the community as free clothing, food, and support for families in need. 


As a person, Cory wears multiple hats as a bi-vocational senior pastor of Victory Community Church. He is a High School Math Teacher at a charter school in Detroit, has coached Football as a Varsity Football Coach, and coached both girls and boys Varsity Basketball on the High School level. Cory also coached Defense for the Inkster Bengals Youth Football Team that competed for the league title in the 12 and under division. Not only has Cory coached but he also played semi pro football with the Detroit Motor City Mustang Football Team - Detroit’s  Public Safety Football Team where he started as a Defensive End and Defensive Tackle. 


Although teaching and coaching is Cory’s passion, he has served as the Executive Director of the Detroit Community Clergy Alliance for over 10 years, which focuses on reducing gun violence in the Metro Detroit Area. Cory also supported the writing of the initial grant to bring the Ceasefire Initiative to the City of Detroit and supported the Detroit Youth Non-Violence Initiative. He has also been certified in Restorative Practices to support de-escalation in traumatic and potentially violent situations. In addition, he was also appointed by then Governor Rick Snyder to serve two terms on the State of Michigan Community Corrections Board. Currently, he is serving his tenth year as a Detroit Police Chaplain and has the active rank of Deputy Chief Chaplain. 


In addition to his service, Cory has received numerous awards including the Spirit of Detroit Award, and multiple letters of recognition from state legislators. He is a former member of the ACE Academy School Board Chartered by Central Michigan University, which supports the education of adjudicated youth. 


Cory is a published author of the book The Vocabulary of Success and CEO of CJ Chavis Enterprises, UCAN2 Health & Wellness, and Winners Gear Clothing Line. He is now working on his second book, the second in the success series, The Seven C’s of a Successful Marriage that is designed to support premarital and marital coaching, launching by summer 2021. He is also excited to be the host of his own Digital TV Show, Winning Words with Cory, seen on the Shawn Fair Channel on the Onstage Plus App. Cory teaches individuals and organizations how to create a winning life and a winning culture by teaching critical principles that help from the inside out. With the goal of improving strategic outcomes and achieving specific goals, Cory helps to transform winning from a moment in time to an overall mindset that empowers individuals and organizations alike to have greater levels of consistency and success. Cory gets in the trenches with you to identify critical roadblocks, promote positive problem solving, galvanize toward unified goals, and create accountability that will feed long lasting success. He has worked with youth, adults, teams, non-profit organizations, faith based organizations, community groups, governmental entities, small businesses, and corporations to instruct on the mindset of winning and the outcomes that manifest from the winning mindset. With me, winning doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by choice. 


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Bishop Chavis with Detroit City Councilmember James Tate