Author Archive: Pastor Robert Earl Houston

Vacant Pulpit: Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington, DC (Deadline: December 15, 2015)

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
4606 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

Position: Senior Pastor

Denomination: Baptist

Church Size: Over 500

Compensation: A negotiable, full-time compensation package.

The Pulpit Search Committee will treat any and all information confidentially.

To Apply:
Please submit the completed application along with the following:
• Resume
• Personal statement of faith
• Personal bio
• Proof of theological training
• Proof of license by a certified Baptist Association or recognized affiliate
• Proof of any other degrees and certificates
• A recent headshot
• DVD/video link preaching 2 different sermons
• DVD/video link teaching a Bible Study Class, if available
• At least one name for each of the following type of references:
o Church reference
o Personal reference
o Professional Reference

Your application may be sent to the address below or via e-mail to

Pulpit Search Committee
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
P.O. Box 7636
Silver Spring, MD 20907

All responses must be postmarked or received by 11:59pm on December 15, 2015.

Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Beresford Bailey, Albany, New York

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The Rev. Beresford Bailey, a Baptist pastor who brought to the embattled neighborhood of West Hill spiritual sustenance and a dose of hopefulness delivered in a lilting Jamaican accent, died Monday at his Colonie home after an extended struggle with dementia. He was 86.

Bailey came to Albany in 1970 to take a job as executive director of Camp Opportunities, located at Lawson Lake in Feura Bush. He held the post for 39 years and introduced two generations of inner-city young people to the pleasures of the outdoors in rural Albany County.

In 1982, Beresford founded the Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church on Clinton Avenue in West Hill. He retired from the pulpit in June and was honored with a resolution by the Common Council, among several honors for his community activism.

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Vacant Pulpit: Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, East St. Louis, IL (Deadline September 30, 2015)

Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, East St. Louis, Illinois, is prayerfully seeking a full time pastor to lead and guide our church into growth, both spiritually and outreach. The primary role shall be preaching, training, and ministering to the congregation and the community.


  • Licensed, ordained minister (Provide Proof of).
  • Experience: 3-5 years as a Pastor, and or assistant/associate minister to the Pastor, Pastoral Administrative role (Interim Minister, etc.).
  • Effective written, oral communication skills.
  • Strong administrative, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work with the congregation on all levels.
  • Spirit -filled, bible scholar; able to develop and deliver sermons/messages that emphasize a commitment to scripture and are practical and relevant to today’s culture.
  • Exhibits a high degree of personal spiritual maturity, reflecting the character of Christ in both private and public life.
  • Bachelors or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education and/or attendance at a seminary. (Preferred: optional or negotiable).
  • Encourages and helps the Associate Ministers, Deacons, Trustees and all ministries to develop their spiritual gifts and to grow in their love for and dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • High moral standards and encourages the same for the congregation.
  • Promotes strategic development, planning and implementation of the church’s mission.
  • Commitment to Christian Education, Prayer, Evangelism and Mission.
  • Ability to develop and promote harmony within an established and multi-generational congregation.
  • Encourages community involvement at all levels
  • Willingness to submit to a background check (Criminal-Financial)
  • Salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications, training and experience.

All correspondence with the Pastor Search Committee must be in writing. All interested applicants

must submit a cover letter and resume postmarked no later than September 30, 2015 to:

Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Attention: Mr. Richard Brooks Chairman, Pastor Search Committee
Post Office Box 4142
Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208

Vacant Pulpit: Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC (Deadline: November 10, 2015)

Charlotte, North Carolina- Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church SENIOR PASTOR VACANCY

Candidates must be spirit filled and guided. Candidates’ personal character and financial standing

must be above reproach both inside and outside the church. A Masters of Divinity degree from an accredited Theological Seminary is required, with at least five (5) years of senior level pastoral expe- rience. Candidate must also be licensed and ordained in the Baptist church.

Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound, stimulating, inspirational and spirit-filled sermons; must have skills for bible-based teaching; should possess strong interpersonal skills; and should be approachable and demonstrate inclusiveness for all seg- ments within the congregation.

The successful candidate will have a vision for growing church membership that is both educated in the word of God and strong in relationship with Christ, energetic, perceptive, commitment and expe- rience for increasing the numbers and spiritual development of youth and young adults in the con- gregation. Candidates must be open to new ideas, proficient in business administration practices and in the use of technology. Must have a proven record as a skilled administrator and manager of church staff and programs. The successful candidate will have an unwavering commitment to Chris- tian Education, Sunday School, and a zeal for missions and evangelism.

How to Apply

Required Documents

All interested internal and external qualified persons must submit an initial Candidate Package consisting of the following information:

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A letter of interest.

A completed application (a blank application can be found at : .

A current resume which includes summary of relevant ministry professional and educational experiences.

Copies of ministerial license, ordination certificate and copies of degrees.

One (1) sermon – a DVD (preferred) and/or CD recording of a recent sermon, or provide the internet address if the sermon is available via the internet.

A signed copy of the release of information form found at:

Submit the composite Candidate Package by mail to:

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Attn: Pastoral Search Committee
P. O. Box 667819
Charlotte, North Carolina 28266-7819

The deadline for all information to be postmarked or submitted is November 10, 2015. Any Candidate Package postmarked after the deadline date will not be considered.

NOTE: Missing information may result in the automatic disqualification. Final candidates will be notified and asked to provide additional information later in the selection process. Final candidates must consent to a reference check, a crimi- nal history background check, a drug test, and a credit report (performed through outside agencies for complete confiden- tiality).

Vacant Pulpit: Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX (Deadline November 8, 2015)

Mount Gilead Baptist Church
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Pastoral Search Committee Announcement
Application Deadline November 8, 2015


Education:     Seminary Master’s Degree
Experience:    4-7 years as Pastor or Pastor’s Assistant

Ministry Priorities:

  • A saved, sanctified Holy Ghost filled believer
  • Administrator
  • A gifted teacher who enable persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths
  • A person that emphasizes discipleship and spiritual growth
  • A person who emphasizes the importance of strong families
  • A person with leadership vision and a well developed vision for the Church’s future growth
  • An effective communicator of well prepared sermons
  • A skilled counselor available to assist with personal and spiritual problems
  • A person who communicates well with youth
  • A nurturing leader who grows and helps others to grow


The Pastor is accountable to the church congregation. The Pastor’s responsibilities include preaching, teaching, pastoral counseling, performing weddings, funerals, baptisms, planning and guiding the Church to grow and fulfill its purpose as set forth in Matthew 28:18-20.


The Pastor shall have in his care the spiritual and moral welfare of the Congregation. The Pastor shall preach the Gospel, support the doctrine of the Church, administer the ordinances and watch over the membership. The Pastor shall have charge of all services of public worship. He shall be ex-officio member of all Boards and Committees of the Church, its auxiliaries and organizations.  The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the Church, except where good taste and his own involvement dictate otherwise.

The Pastor must possess and extensive and rigorous foundation in the Word of God. The Pastor must be dependable, demonstrate discretion and integrity in all activities and exhibit the character qualities outlined in 1st Timothy 3:-2-7 and Titus 1:7-9. The Pastor shall be ordained.

Mount Gilead Baptist Church endeavors to be obedient to the Great Commission, to be involved in Evangelism through Missions and to minister to social needs through Christian worship and Bible study.


  • Resume with cover letter
  • Four (4) references


Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, detailed resume, and complete contact information by November 8, 2015 to:

Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Attention: Pastoral Search Committee
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Contact Person: Pastoral Search Committee Chairperson, Deacon L. Davis
Contact Number: 682-433-4955

Vacant Pulpit: Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, Baltimore, MD (Deadline: September 30, 2015)

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Originally published by the National Baptist Union-Review

Vacant Pulpit: Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Ossining, NY (Deadline: September 30, 2015)

Originally published in the National Baptist Union-Review:

The Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Ossining, NY is presently accepting applications for the position of pastor. The Church was organized November 12, 1890, and has a rich history of doctrinally sound preaching, teaching, youth ministry, and community involvement. Star of Bethlehem serves approximately 250 members. The church seeks to continue to build upon their rich legacy with a pastor who exemplifies the principles outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

Pastor Qualifications
– Be an ordained Baptist minister
– Believe and adhere to the practice of Baptist doctrine, ordinances, and polity
– Have a master’s degree form an accredited seminary or college
– Have at least five years of pastoral experience in congregational preaching and teaching, administrative and organizational leadership in a church setting, and strong community involvement.
– Be a visionary leader who will grow the church membership that is rooted in the Word of God
– Promoting ministering to the social and spiritual needs of a diverse community
– Have strong written and oral communication skills
– Be able to apple principles of financial management
– Possess strong interpersonal skills
– Embrace the vision for the Body of Christ and engage others in the achievement of common goals
– Be goal-oriented and have a progressive attitude
– Be experienced in leading ministry teams as well as participating within those teams

Submission: The following must be submitted by September 30, 2015:
– Completed application and recent color photo
– Cover letter and resume
– Copy of ministerial license and Certificate of Ordination
– Published works (if applicable)
– CD of or link to recent sermon

Submission and Contact Information:
Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
Attention: Pastoral Search Committee
PO Box 532
Ossining, NY 10562

Vacant Pulpit: New Calvary Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan (Deadline: October 31, 2015)





3975 Concord Avenue – Detroit, MI  48207

Email Address:


New Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan , organized in 1949, is seeking a full time Sr. Pastor who is called by God.  The Senior Pastor must be a spiritual and administrative leader of the congregation.   We are currently accepting applications for this position through October 31, 2015.


Principal Pastoral Duties:

  • Preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • A Pastor with strong leadership skills to grow church membership and the proficiency to resolve disagreements
  • Actively participate and provide a spiritual vision to increase attendance in Church School, Bible Study, Prayer meeting Evangelism and Community Outreach
  • Design and implement plans to educate and involve new members in ministries of the church
  • Establish educational and other programs for the development of the children, youth, seniors and adults of the church
  • Officiates weddings, funerals and baby dedications
  • Administer the Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper; support and commit to the Church’s mission statement and By-laws
  • Conducts Quarterly Business meetings
  • Meets regularly with Deacons and Trustees
  • Meets monthly or as needed with the Church Musician



Pastoral Qualifications:

  • Biblical knowledge and belief in prayer
  • Clear understanding of the Baptist Church Doctrine
  • The ability to communicate effectively God’s Word with textual scripture
  • A gifted teacher who enables persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths
  • An effective communicator of well-prepared sermons
  • Must have a clear vision for the future of the church
  • Ability to work with and lead Deacons, Trustees and all Ministries of the Church
  • Ability to mediate and resolve conflict easily
  • Develop relationships within the congregation that promote compassion and love
  • Foster collaboration with all types of Christian churches
  • Ability to be specifically focused on and engage with both the youth and senior members of the church
  • Demonstrate community involvement






All interested and qualified persons must submit an initial candidate package consisting of the following documentation:

  • Completed New Calvary Baptist Church Pastoral Application
  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of ministerial license and ordination certificate
  • Copy of degree(s)
  • Recent color photograph – “Head Shot” (Format: JPEG 5×7 or 8×10)

Entire application package must be typed in the format as presented (fill-able PDF provided) and submitted to   Only one submission will be accepted.  Incomplete packages will not be considered.    Deadline for submission has been extended to October 31, 2015.



No phone calls will be accepted



All information submitted will be treated as confidential.  Additional information may be requested and/or required.





The National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

MEMPHIS – For the last two days, I have had the privilege of attending the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the “mother convention” of the African-American Missionary Baptist world. NBCUSA was birthed in 1880 (which is the date also accepted by two other national conventions). This year’s session was the first annual session under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Young from Jackson, Mississippi.  I have a few observations on the meeting:

First, I was VERY IMPRESSED by the quality and depth of the President’s Annual Message. Dr. Young gave a dichotomistic presentation – he began by introducing his family, his church family, paid homage to the past presidents on the platform (Dr. W.J. Shaw, Dr. Julius Scruggs). In a very classy moment, he saluted those men who were his opponents for the Presidency last year and called their efforts as “offering themselves to lead the convention.” He called out their names and it was a great moment. His annual message was a classic. He dropped nuggets while casting the first portion of his vision for the NBC. Paramount in this year’s message was the call to unity and even suggesting that those states with multiple NBC Conventions would consider pooling their efforts. He envisioned State Conventions as identifying themselves with the convention (i.e., “The Arizona National Baptist Convention”) which drew applauds of approval by the body. His call for unity was heard loud and clear and he embraced denominationalism and wants the convention to think in those terms. His call for the convention to stop “sheep shuffling” (transfer growth). Notable quote: “We’ve gone from 280 churches to 11 per 100,000 people in the last 100 years.” He suggested that we don’t have too many churches – we need more churches planted.

Secondly, the Convention had great attendance numbers. The Memphis location was ideal for those not only flying but also driving (preferred method by many). The weather was, for the most part, pleasant (except for Wednesday when it rained cats and dogs). Memphis is a tourist town – from the Lorraine Motel to Graceland to many great restaurants, etc. The local newspaper, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported that 50,000 persons were in town for the convention and not to mention, Memphis is an NBC city.

Third, I admired the diversity of the programming. There were preachers of all ages that participated on the program and in auxiliary settings. It was good to see a move to inclusiveness of ages and that went from the sessions even to late night service. I’m not a fan of conventions that bring in a multiplicity of guest preachers and never utilize their own – and that’s all three levels – District, State and National. In this session there were no “guest preachers” because of the depth of the bench of the NBC.

Fourth, the young preachers are back. I’ve been at a few of the sessions in the last few years, but this year it just looked like there were more younger preachers/pastors that were in attendance. As a side note, I had the opportunity to talk with a few of the younger pastors and some who even took photos with me (I guess I really am 55 now – smile). The only way the conventions will survive is when you can look at in the audience and see a kaleidescope of preachers of all ages. Otherwise, the next session could be the last session of a convention body.

Conclusion: The NBC is in the midst of a new day experience. They are envisioning an exceptional future. Congratulations to President Young and his team. The Convention will meet in Birmingham, AL January 11-14, 2016 for the Mid-Winter Board Meeting; 111th Annual Session of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education will be in Tampa, FL June 20-24, 2016; and the 136th Annual Session will be in Kansas City, MO, September 5-9, 2016.

Let me also thank all of the pastors, preachers and laypersons who came up to me and expressed their appreciation for the Wire, the Sermon Sharing Service, the Vacant Church List, and were genuinely concerned about my health. Thanks be to God for everyone who said “I’ve been praying for you.” It touched me greatly and I’m very appreciative.

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. J. Carlton Allen, Sr., San Antonio, Texas

Rev. Dr. J. Carlton Allen passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the age of 71.

Longtime community leader and San Antonio pastor preached the gospel of Jesus Christ over 55 years and for over 48 years, Allen has been pastor of New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 1639 Hays St.

Allen, 71, gave his first sermon as a 16-year-old before a reported 300 people at Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Galveston. His late father pastored that church.

After attending Bishop College in Dallas, Allen filled several leadership roles in the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated International and locally in the Baptist Ministers Union of San Antonio.

He’s been chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commission, been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and is in the Who’s Who In Black San Antonio.
Funeral services are as follow, as announced by the Church:

As we mourn the passing of our beloved Senior Pastor Doctor J. Carlton Allen, Sr., we thank God for his life and legacy.

Viewing will be as follows:

Thursday, August 27th from 4pm-8pm at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1639 Hays Street, San Antonio, Texas 78202.

The Celebration of Life Worship will be Friday, August 28th, 11:00am at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 N. Walters, San Antonio, Texas 78202, Doctor Kenneth R. Kemp, Pastor.

Doctor F. D. Sampson, Sr. of the Friendship Baptist Church, Houston, Texas will bring the sermon.

Please keep Dr. Allen’s family and Church family in your prayers.

Interment: Meadowlawn Memorial Park Cemetery


Arrangements entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home, 811 S W W White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78220 (210) 227-7281.

Doctor John Carlton Allen, Sr.
December 7, 1943- August 23, 2015

Doctor J. Carlton Allen, Sr, was born in Galveston, Texas to the parentage of the late Reverend Felder and Anjell Allen, and accepted the call to the ministry in August 1960, at Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, in Galveston, Texas, Reverend F.A. Allen, Pastor.

Doctor Allen is a product of Bishop College, Dallas, Texas

Doctor Allen enjoyed forty-eight years of Pastoral Leadership at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas and fifty-five years of a national preaching ministry.

Doctor Allen was married to the late Alice Marie Geters Allen for forty-nine years who he loved and cherished.

He leaves: Three sons, Reverend Renard Darnell, Sr. (Debra), John Carlton II (Yvella), and Reverend Joel Christopher (Jacqueline), four grandchildren Reverend Renard Darnell (Jasmine), Dominique Ulishas, John Carlton III and Jordan Chere, and three great-grand children, Kennedy Anjell Denise, Renard Darnell, III. and Sydney-Marie.

A viewing will be held Thursday, August 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1639 Hays, San Antonio, Texas, 78202.

The Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 28th at 11:00 a.m., at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 North Walters, San Antonio, Texas, 78202. Doctor Kenneth R. Kemp, Pastor.

Servant of God WELL DONE!!!

Local Arrangements by Mainland Funeral Home, La Marque, Texas



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