Pastor Rita accepted Christ in 1961 at the age of 21, then became a licensed Evangelist in 1976. Since that time she has been licensed/ordained in 3 different ministries. Her calling has taken her throughout the Youngstown, Warren, Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas (as well as Africa) to conduct speaking engagements, Seminars, Conferences, and Revival. She joined VCC’s pastoral staff in March of 2011. She pastors, oversees and teaches small groups and is part of the Intercessory Prayer and Deacon teams. She and her husband Nathaniel West Sr. have 6 children and 15 grandchildren.