Our pastors

Pastor Victoria Raftery


Pastors Larry and Victoria Raftery are the founding pastors of Laurel Church Ministries. With over 46 years of ministry experience, they have literally spent their lives building, growing, and nurturing the Church locally, as well as globally.

Throughout the 1970's and 80's, they helped pioneer contemporary Praise & Worship as we know it in the Church today, traveling the nation and ministering on television programs nationally and internationally via satellite. Since then, they've successfully planted various churches across the country, developed local ministries, established Bible and private day schools,  and participated in various overseas ministries. Seasoned in all aspects of the local church, Pastors Larry and Victoria Raftery faithfully served as the leaders of Laurel Church Ministries for over 30 years.

Having three sons and six grandchildren of her own, Pastor Victoria understands the value of raising a loving family that faithfully serves God together. She has a genuine heart for others and the God-given desire to see people reach their potential in Christ, finding true fulfillment in Him.

Pastor Jeremias Alicea

Pastor Jeremias Alicea has been in ministry for over 20 years ranging from children and youth ministry to associate pastorship. He has served in multiple capacities within various ministries before stepping into his tenure at Laurel Another Chance Church where he received his Certification in Ministry from Laurel Bible Training Center and was ordained a minister in 2013. 

Pastor Jeremias also holds a BA in Communications Radio/Television from Purdue University and is an alumnus of Leadership NWI and the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy. He is also a speaker, writer, and spoken word artist. Currently, Jeremias serves as a Pastor at Laurel Another Chance Church. He along with his loving wife, Lisa, and two children reside in Northwest Indiana. 

Pastor roosevelt leslie Sr.

Pastor Roosevelt Leslie Sr. has been an Elder and an ordained Pastor for over 20 years in the Northwest Indiana Region.  He is presently the Associate Pastor at the Laurel Another Chance Church in Merrillville, Indiana.  


He is a graduate of Colorado Christian University (B.A) in Lakewood, Colorado and Oral Roberts University School of Theology (Master of Divinity) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Also, he attended Drew University in Madison, New Jersey for Doctoral Studies.


Roosevelt is happily married to Brenda E. Leslie.  From this union, they together have a blended family of 7 adult children (2 of which are ordained pastors) and 17 grandchildren.


Roosevelt’s calling in the Body of Christ is that of Pastor/Teacher.  His divine assignment is:  To Make Real the Presence of Christ and God’s Kingdom Wherever Jesus is Not Known, and Not Enthroned.