Dr. Luke E. Torian
Dr. Luke E. Torian, a native of Roxboro, North Carolina is an individual who has dedicated his life to the service of others through ministry. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Constance. He currently resides in Woodbridge, VA. with his wife, Clarice.
Dr. Torian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Winston-Salem State University. He continued his education by pursuing graduate studies at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, then earning a Masters of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In 1987, Dr. Torian earned a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from the School of Divinity at Howard University.
Dr. Torian has served several churches and ministries in the capacities of youth minister, associate pastor, Baptist Chaplain, Area Director and Pastor. Dr. Torian was employed by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for over eight years. He served as the pastor of Gilfield Baptist Church in Charles City, VA. from 1990 – 1995. In June of 1995, Dr. Torian was installed as pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA. where he currently serves the congregation and the Prince William County community. Dr. Torian’s leadership, caring, and involved style of ministering to others has been instrumental in First Mount Zion’s growth from 650 members to a congregation of over 4,300 members. This growth has led to the development of approximately 70 different ministries that operate in a multi-million dollar 108,000 square foot sanctuary and multi-purpose facility.
The Prince William County community and other areas of Northern Virginia have also benefited from Dr. Torian’s service. He is currently a member of the Prince William County Ministerial Association. For three years he served on the ACTS Board of Directors. He has served on the Cardinal Bank Advisory Board; the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention; and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In June 2004, he was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the Virginia Board of Counseling.
Dr. Torian’s dedication to ministry, leadership and service has been recognized by others. In 2002, he was presented with the James Floyd Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award from Howard University in recognition of the outstanding contributions that he has made to his church and the community. In 1997, he received the Prince William County Human Rights Commission Award for facilitating The Color of Fear, a dialogue on race relations. In the fall of 2003 and 2004, Dr. John Maxwell, renowned expert in leadership development, selected Dr. Torian as one of 50 leaders from across the country to participate in a special leadership institute in Atlanta. Both the Virginia General Assembly and the United States House of Representatives have invited Dr. Torian to pray at their opening sessions.
In November 2009, Dr. Torian was elected Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly representing the 52nd District.