About REH

Robert Earl Houston, 53, is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church located in the state capital city – Frankfort, Kentucky – about half-way between the cities of Louisville and Lexington. He is married to the former Jessica Georgette (Anderson) Houston of Sacramento, California, the love of his life. He is  the son of Ms. Naomi Houston, 85 and the late Minister Phene Houston. He has three living siblings: Nora Jean Houston, Phyllis Renee Smith and Kelvin Woods, all of Portland, Oregon. He has one deceased sister, Alfena Houston.

Pastor Houston is a native of Portland, born at Emanuel Hospital (and Health Center) on May 16, 1960. He grew up in the Elliot and Piedmont portions of the city. He matriculated through the Portland Public School system (Ockley Green Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson High School) and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Mt. Carmel Theological Seminary of Fresno, California. He’s  studied at Portland State University, Multnomah School of the Bible, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Golden Gate Theological Seminary, Cuyamaca Community College  and is currently enrolled in the Master’s program at Andersonville Theological Seminary. 

He was baptized at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon by the late Rev. Sylvester McCullumn, in 1972, however, he did not accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior until he was challenged at a Bible Camp in 1976 by Rev. Bruce Andrews. It was there he surrendered by life to Christ. In 1976 he later united with New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. A. Bernard Devers, I, Pastor.

During high school he excelled on the Speech/Debate Team and was a radio sports announcer (football, basketball) for Radio Station KBPS 1450 AM. And he was the sports anchor for the Summer Sound Broadcast on the same station. He was a writer/columnist for The Jeffersonian newspaper and Time-Out sports magazine. During high school he free-lanced with The Skanner and the St. John’s Review newspapers as a photographer.

Pastor Houston began playing the organ in 1977 for the Inspirational Choir under the guidance of Mrs. Lorene V. Wilder, and then in December of that same year, he was called to preach the Gospel. Pastor preached his first sermon on April 30, 1978, a few days prior to his high school graduation. He was licensed to preach by New Hope and Pastor Devers in September 1979. He served as Co-Interim Pastor of New Hope in 1984 and was ordained by the new pastor, Rev. Johnny Pack, IV and a committee of the Union District Baptist Association of Oregon, Rev. Eugene Boyd, Jr., Moderator.

Music is a great part of his life and at New Hope he was greatly encouraged by his aunt, Nancy Smith; Dorothy L. Davis, Darlene Warren, Calvin Lowery, Kenneth W. Berry, Terence L. Davis, Saul Kelly, Michael Stone, and other legendary musicians at the church. He served as President/Musician for the Young Adult Choir; President/Musician for the Senior Choir; Choir Director of the Inspiration Choir; and Musician for the Angel Choir/Followers of Christ choirs. In addition, he taught Sunday School and Young Adult Mission with over 100 young people involved each week – the largest types of classes in the city of Portland.

In 1987, Pastor Houston joined Pastor Pack in the planting of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, which grew from 63 to over 1,000 members in just 2 years. Pastor Pack became ill and Pastor Houston served as Acting Pastor during his hospitalization and then a few months later, was called to his first pastoral charge – the Greater St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, Portland, Oregon. He also was a frequent guest preacher for J.W. Friday’s broadcast on KBOO Radio which allowed him to preach the gospel on-air throughout the state of Oregon.

He has served as pastor of Greater St. Stephen (1989-1991), Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church of Fresno, California (1991-1995), New Hope Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of San Diego, California (1995-2004). After leaving New Hope he was involved in a full-time ministry of evangelism, preaching across the nation, and served as a Senior Project Manager for Morris Cerullo World Evangelism to Dr. Morris Cerullo (2004-2005).

In 2005 Pastor Houston was invited to serve as Assistant Pastor of Westwood Baptist Church, University Center in Nashville, Tennessee, by Pastor Barton Elliott Harris. He served as Director of the Men of Praise Choir, backup musician for the Voices of Praise; taught the Mid-Week Bible Study Adult Class and taught the Sunday School teachers;  He served faithfully until being called to the First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky in February 2009, moving there in March and began his duties in April. He was installed by Pastor Harris on May 31, 2009.

Under his leadership, First Baptist Church has grown numerically (by over 600 souls), financially, educationally, spiritually and in maturity. A second morning worship service has been added, a massive restoration project has recently been concluded, new roof added, new dining furniture purchased, new musical instruments purchased, new audio equipment purchased, off-site Vacation Bible School instituted, and a plethora of improvements and enhancements have been realized.

Denominational work has always been important to him and is currently serving in various capacities:

- President, Kentucky State Convention of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (completing tenure this year).
– Chairman of the Publishing Board, General Association of Baptists in Kentucky
– Former Webmaster and Board Member, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
– Member, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Atlanta, Georgia.
– Member, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Detroit, Michigan.

In addition Pastor Houston serves as the following:
– Creator/Writer for “The Wire” blog at http://www.roberthouston.org.
– Contributing Writer for http://www.churchleaders.com.
– Contributing Writer for the American Baptist Newspaper.
– Host of First Baptist Church’s locally televised program, FBCtv – broadcast every Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 20.
– Author of “See You In The Morning” a collection of funeral sermons preached from the pulpit of First Baptist Church, available via Amazon, Kindle and iBooks.

By the way, they have one cat – “Coco” that was adopted from Lexington, Kentucky from an animal shelter.

- Pastor Jimmie Adams, St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, Fresno, California (deceased)
– Pastor Charles Bembry, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Pasco, Washington (deceased)
– Pastors Dwight and Vanessa Ben, Greater Destiny Christian Church, Houston, Texas
– Pastor Alonzo G. Brooks, Sr., New Jerusalem Community Church, San Diego, California
- Pastor Dennis Hubbard, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
– Pastor George Jackson, (Church Name Unknown), Houston, Texas
– Pastor Carole Jacobs, House of Refuge Life Center, Frankfort, Kentucky
– Pastor Dwight McDonald, New Mount Hermon Baptist Church, San Diego, California
– Pastor Edmond Perkins, Jr., Unity Missionary Baptist Church, San Diego, California
– Pastor Chester Riggins, St. Rest Baptist Church, Fresno, California (deceased)
– Pastor Melvin Whittle, Sr., Second Baptist Church, Fresno, California

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- St. Peter Baptist Church, Little Rock


– Bayview Baptist Church, San Diego
– Bethany Baptist Church, Oceanside
– Bethel A.M.E. Church, San Diego
– Bethel Baptist Church, Seaside
– Bethel Baptist Church, San Diego
– Beulahland Baptist Church, Gardena
– Bible Fellowship Baptist Church, Oakland
– Community Baptist Church, Compton
– Community Baptist Church, San Diego
– Del Paso Union Baptist Church, Sacramento
– Emmanuel Baptist Church, Stockton
– Emmanuel Baptist Church, San Jose
– Fellowship Baptist Church, Manteca
– Fellowship Baptist Church, Fresno
– First Friendship Baptist Church, Selma
– First Union Baptist Church, Fresno
– Galilee Baptist Church, Chowchilla
– Good News Baptist Church, San Diego
– Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Vallejo
– Good Shepherd Baptist Church, San Diego
– Greater Antioch Baptist Church, Vista
– Greater Faith Baptist Church, Stockton
– Greater Fellowship Baptist Church, San Diego
– Greater Johnson Baptist Church, San Diego
– Greater Life Baptist Church, San Diego
– Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, San Diego
– Greater Trinity Baptist Church, San Diego
– Greater True Light Baptist Church, Los Angeles
– Greater Victory Baptist Church, San Diego
– Joy Baptist Fellowship, San Diego
– King Solomon Baptist Church, Fresno
– Linda Vista Second Baptist Church, San Diego
– Macedonia Baptist Church, San Diego
– Macedonia Baptist Church, Sacramento
– Macedonia Baptist Church, Pomona
– Mesa View Baptist Church, San Diego
– Morning Star Baptist Church, Los Angeles
– Morning Star Baptist Church, Oakland
– Morning Star Baptist Church, Pasadena
– Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Sacramento
– Mount Hermon Baptist Church, San Diego
– Mount Olive Baptist Church, San Diego
– Mount Olive Baptist Church, Fresno
– Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Fresno
– Mount Sinai Baptist Church, San Diego
– Mount Zion Baptist Church, San Diego
– Mount Zion Baptist Church, Stockton
– Nueva Esperanza, San Diego
– New Bethel Baptist Church, Las Vegas
– New Corinthians Baptist Church, San Diego
– New Hope Baptist Church, Los Angeles
– New Hope Friendship Baptist Church, San Diego
– New Mount Hermon Baptist Church, San Diego
– New Revelations Baptist Church, Las Vegas
– North Oakland Baptist Church, Oakland
– North Richmond Baptist Church, Richmond
– Pearly Grove Baptist Church, Fresno
– Peoples Baptist Church, Berkeley
– Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church, San Diego
– Prince of Peace Baptist Church, Oakland
– Progressive Baptist Church, Modesto
– Rising Star Baptist Church, Oceanside
– St. John Baptist Church, Bakersfield
– St. John Baptist Church, Oakland
– St. John Baptist Church, East Palo Alto
– St. John C.M.E., Fresno
– St. Joseph Baptist Church, Fresno
– St. Luke C.O.G.I.C., San Diego
– St. Mark Baptist Church, Sacramento
– St. Matthew Baptist Church, Merced
– St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Fresno
– Saints Rest Baptist Church, Fresno
– San Diego New Life Baptist Church, Spring Valley
– Second Baptist Church, Merced
– Second Baptist Church, Vallejo
– Second Baptist Church, Fresno
– Second Baptist Church, Oceanside
– Second Baptist Church, Madera
– Shiloh Baptist Church, Sacramento
– Southern Baptist Church, Los Angeles
– True Faith Baptist Church, San Diego
– Union Baptist Church, Bakersfield
– United Baptist Church, San Diego
– Unity Baptist Church, San Diego

– Union Baptist Church, Dover

- New Covenant Baptist Church, Orlando


– Thankful Baptist Church, Augusta

– Acme Baptist Church, Chicago
– New Covenant Baptist Church, Chicago
– Shiloh Baptist Church, Waukegan
– St. Paul Baptist Church, Peoria

– New Shiloh Baptist Church, Gary
– Sweet Home Baptist Church, Gary

– Antioch Baptist Church, Lexington
– Broadway Baptist Church, Winchester
– Evergreen Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg
– First Baptist Church, Frankfort
– First Baptist Church, Versailles
– First Baptist Church, Perryville
– First Baptist Church, Harrodsburg
– First Baptist Church Bracktown, Lexington
– First Baptist Church Utteringtown, Lexington
– First Corinthian Baptist Church, Frankfort
– Greater Liberty Baptist Church, Lexington
– Green Street Baptist Church, Louisville
– Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Lexington
– Little Flock Baptist Church, Louisville
– Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington
– Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Louisville
– Mount Zion Baptist Church, Paducah
– New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Shelbyville
– Ninth Street Tabernacle, Paducah
– Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Greensburg
– St. John A.M.E. Church, Frankfort
– St. John Baptist Church, Lexington
– St. Stephen Baptist Church, Louisville
– Southern Star Baptist Church, Louisville
– Second Baptist Church, Taylorsville
– Total Grace Baptist Church, Lexington
– True Vine Baptist Church, Lexington
– West Chestnut Baptist Church, Louisville
– Zion Grove Baptist Church, Ekron

– Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral, New Orleans
– Hopewell Baptist Church, Shreveport
– Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Jonesboro
– Shady Grove Baptist Church, Jonesboro
– Spring Hill Baptist Church, Ruston
– Union Spring Baptist Church, Shreveport
– Zion Travelers Baptist Church, Ruston

– The Destiny Church, Waldorf

– Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, Detroit
– Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Niles
– True Love Baptist Church, Detroit

- Triumph Baptist Church, Poplarville


– United Believers Community Church, Kansas City

– Greater St. James Baptist Church, Las Vegas

New Jersey
– Park Avenue Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, East Orange

New Mexico

New York
-  Mount Hermon Baptist Church, Bronx

North Carolina


– First Baptist Church, Chillicothe
– Israelite Baptist Church, Cleveland
– Second Baptist Church, Columbus
– Worship Center of Central Ohio, Columbus

– Jerusalem Baptist Church, Muskogee

– Antioch Baptist Church, Portland
– Bethel A.M.E. Church, Portland
– Church of the Living God, Portland
– Church of the Living God PGT # 2, Portland
– Evergreen Baptist Church, San Francisco
– Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Portland
– Greater Harvest Baptist Church, Portland
– Greater St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, Portland
– Greater Solid Rock C.O.G.I.C., Portland
– Macedonia Full Gospel Baptist Church, Portland
– Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Portland
– Mount Gillard Baptist Church, Portland
– Mt. Sinai Community Baptist Church, Portland
– New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Portland
– Paradise Baptist Church, Portland
– Philadelphia Community Baptist Church, Portland
– Providence Baptist Church, Portland
– St. John Baptist Church, Portland
– St. Mark Baptist Church, Portland
– St. Paul Baptist Church, Portland
– True Vine Baptist Church, Portland
– Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Portland


South Carolina

– Carey Hill Missionary Baptist Church, North Augusta/Clay Mill

– Greater First Baptist Church, Nashviille
– House of Prayer Ministries, Nashville
– Mount Olive Baptist Church, Nashville
– New Emmanuel Baptist Church, Chattanooga
– St. John Baptist Church, Antioch
– Westwood Baptist Church, University Center, Nashville


– First St. John Baptist Church, Fort Worth
– Good Hope Baptist Church, Houston
– Greater New Zion Baptist Church, Dallas
– Hopewell Baptist Church, Houston
– Inspiring Temple of Praise, Fort Worth
– Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, Houston
– Olivet Baptist Church, Houston
– St. Mark Baptist Church, Houston
– West End Baptist Church, San Antonio

– Beacon Hill First Baptist Church, Seattle
– Everlasting Baptist Church, Vancouver
– Galilee Baptist Church, Moses Lake
– Goodwill Baptist Church, Seattle
– Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Seattle
– Greater Mount Baker Baptist Church, Seattle
– Macedonia Baptist Church, Seattle
– Morning Star Baptist Church, Pasco
– Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Seattle
– New Direction Baptist Church, Seattle
– New Hope Baptist Church, Seattle
– New Hope Baptist Church, Pasco
– Progressive Baptist Church, Seattle
– Rose Hill Baptist Church, Seattle
– St. John Baptist Church, Tacoma
– St. Matthew’s Institutional Baptist Church, Spokane
– Union Baptist Church, Longview
– Vocational First Baptist Church, Tacoma

Washington, D.C.
– Beulah Baptist Church of Deanwood Heights, Washington


This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, the First Baptist Church of Frankfort, Kentucky. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

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23 responses

  1. Dr. Howard Anderson | Reply

    Pastor Houston this is a fantastic site … thanks to God for using you and your talents to enhance the work of the Kingdom.

    1. Thank you for the kind words Dr. Anderson.

      1. Hey pastor what a great job you are doing keep up the great work, please have all the brothers and sisters to keep me in your prayers i was just recently scared by another pastor who told a search committe a bunch of lies about me and my family and when i tried to call him and do like the bible says he wouldnt return my call please please keep me and my wife and children in your prayers because its damaging that after 20 plus years of ministry we have pastors who run down other pastors for the sake of a church

      2. terrance johnson

        Hey pastor houston fyi just got word here in arizona that the preaching giant T.L. Lewis from Louisiana has taken flight and went home to be with the Lord.

  2. Glad to see your updated site! You have been a blessing to me for quite a while (since your California days), and I’m grateful for your wisdom on the pulpit search process. Keep up the great work and blessings on your efforts. Feel free to contact me so we can chat! Bro Ramey

  3. As the previous reply. I have een a follower since you were in Caliornia. Even when you and Sister Houston got married, which unfortunately I left Sacramento a week before your wedding. I wanted to ask you a question regarding “candidating” for a church. The only place, I can find is on this spot. If you are candidating for a church, and you have not heard from them. Would it be proper to contact the search committee and ask them the status of your resume?

    1. Thank you for your kind note. When candidating, I am assuming you mean if you haven’t heard from them at all. I suggest that when you send anything to a church pulpit committee send it with a RETURN RECEIPT REQUEST. After sending it, fi the church doesn’t respond within 30 days, I think it’s reasonable to send a letter to ask if they received it and then check on the status/their progress.

  4. Blessings Pastor Houston, I recently came across your site and find it to be highly informative. I look forward to blogging and speaking with you in the near future as I am in the process of seeking GOD for my pastorship and where ” GOD” wants me planted. When time permits, please email me at lazare28@hotmail.com….. God bless you and all your future endeavors.

  5. Interesting…I am drawn to your comments on Baptist history…I will be reading these and shouting back at you when I have a question.

  6. Jeffrey L Davidson | Reply

    Pastor good day to you and Blessings,
    I read your article titled “35 years…” Sir I was truly blessed by the article. It actually is everything that I find myself going through right now. The privilege to preach has been afforded to me thus far at three churches, I have been licensed since January 2010, awaiting ordination. Prior to reading your article, I could easily find myself zealous and driven but post reading your article I understand. I thank God for allowing me to find, read, absorb and understand your thoughtful article. I presently am in seminary in Virginia and will definately “wait not create” my own steps in the process. I look forward to talking to you, please send me an email when you can and continue to bless those of us seeking counsel.

  7. It seems to be a pattern in Baptist history that conventions split at the decisions of how to reach out with missions. The Southern and Northern Baptist split over missions to the slaves. The Missionary Baptists split when not enough was going to missions. It would be nice to have a consolidation to avoid confusion and reach more people, or did the splits actually “force us out of our own Jerusalem to reach the uttermost parts of the world”?

    You mentioned Pastor Paul Morton in your comments. Is he the same pastor of St. Stephen in New Orleans, LA?

    1. Actually the Southern and Northern conventions split over slavery. The Missionary Baptists NEVER split over missions – not the National Baptist conventions. National Baptists have had a history of missions since the 1800s when they merged in the first place. The Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention (of which I think you’re referring) was a group of ministers who still retained, for the most part, their National baptist membership, but they had increased goals for missions.

      Yes, that is the same Bishop Morton.

  8. Joseph Saunders | Reply

    Thank you pastor Houston for your kind wisdom. Your words have helped me to look even deeper into myself.

  9. pastor Houston,we are praying for you that God will cover you in your healing process. I constantly enjoy ordering materials that have bless my soul and has motivated my church family. Thank you ,Pastor John murray

  10. pastor THOMAS OKINYI FROM KENYA | Reply


    1. Thanks but we don’t offer affiliation.

  11. Pastor Terrance Johnson | Reply

    Pastor Houston this is Pastor Johnson from Texas i was able to listen to Bishp Neil Ellis of the Bahamas how he humbled himself and got out of the way so that the “Fellowship” would not split. Pastor when i saw that man i want to be even more humble now, even in hurt you can still be humble. “God Bless You”

  12. A C Nightingale Sr | Reply

    Pastor Houston, blessing continue to be with you and yours. How can someone commuicate with you without their conversation being posted?

  13. Rev. Antonio L. Alsobrooks | Reply

    Pastor Houston
    I am a US Army service member and also a preacher of the gospel. I am grateful to God for allowing me to visit your website on a daily basis. I was giving many opportunity to apply for Pastoral positions from your website. I thank you for assisting all ministers for opportunities to present our resumes to the various of churches. May God continue to bless you and your ministry. I just wanted to say: THANK YOU!!!!

  14. I just want to say this is very nice website…thank you!! may god continue to bless you and your ministry.

  15. The Home going of the Saints portion is awesome. It must be time consuming also.
    Great work.

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