Category Archives: Homegoing of a Saint

A Social Media Campaign to honor Dr. A. Louis Patterson

Preachers . . . lend me your ears.

Let’s start a social media campaign to honor the life and legacy of the late Dr. Albert Louis Patterson, Jr., who went home to be with the Lord.

I’m hoping we can get at least 2,000 preachers and laypersons to honor Dr. Patterson, one of the greatest pulpiteer of this generation, by simply placing his photograph as your profile picture on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlets, until his homegoing service on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Below is a picture you can use or use any other photos of Dr. Patterson. We want the nation and world to know that a great (preaching) man of Israel (the Word of God) hath fallen.

+Pastor Robert Earl Houston
Frankfort, Kentucky


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Updated Information for Dr. Albert Louis Patterson, Jr.


in an effort to accommodate the large crowds on thursday we have extended viewing and added tomorrow wednesday april 16th from 9:00 am until 5 pm! my father, the legendary dr. a. louis patterson jr. will lie in state @ the altar of mount corinth baptist church in houston, texas! in addition, we have secured the auditorium of phillis wheatley high school directly adjacent to the church for services on thursday morning @ 11:00 am April 17th 2014. finally, services will also be streamed worldwide online @ #JOYFORTHEJOURNEY

GScreen Shot 2014-04-09 at 7.11.02 PMood morning everyone. I spoke with the Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church staff and the services are as follows:

April 17, 2014

All services held at
Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church
4901 Providence Street
Houston, Texas 77020
(713) 674-5667 – Church Office
(713) 674-9914 – Church Fax

View begins at 8:30 a.m. CST
Seating begins at 10:00 a.m. CST
Services begin at 11:00 a.m. CST

This information may be subject to change by the discretion of the family.

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. A. Louis Patterson, Jr., Houston, TX

by Robert Earl Houston

The acknowledged “Godfather” of expository preaching among African-American preachers was called home to be with the Lord today, April 9, 2014 – the Reverend Dr. Albert Louis Patterson, Jr., pastor of the Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church of Houston, Texas.

I met Dr. Patterson when I was a much younger man when he would preach in Revival in Portland, Oregon. To say Dr. Patterson was one of a kind is a misnomer because generations of preachers have since imitated and emulated their preaching preaching after Dr. Patterson.

He wasn’t just an expository preacher. He was a preaching lyricist of the highest order. To hear Dr. Patterson was to hear gumbo-listic preaching – he hit you with the text, oratory, poetry, interrogative statements (“I ask myself each day, Al Patterson are you….”), engagement, tenacity for the truths of the text, humor and truth. You would leave a preaching moment with Dr. Patterson in awe.

Later in life, in my 20s, I had the privilege to be selected to be a facilitator for a class at the L.K. Williams Institute and the speaker was none other than Dr. Patterson. Those moments before and after the class were priceless. I was the only one there from Portland and I hadn’t been pastoring yet and Dr. Patterson’s syllabus was not the notes he passed out, but the words he spoke.

Years later, our paths crossed at least once a year at WHW Ministries’ Expository Preaching and Teaching Conference, the L.K. Williams Institute, the E.K. Bailey Expository International Expository Preaching Conference, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and the Greater Trinity Baptist Church where one of his beloved sons in the faith, Dr. Clyde Elliott Gaines is the pastor.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 7.11.02 PMAt that time in San Diego, I was pastoring the New Hope Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and Dr. Patterson came every year and as his time came to stand, he was always complimentary of yours truly. “Pastor Houston is what we would call a quadruple threat . . . he can sing, tickle the ivories of the piano and organ, pray, and can preach.” I always valued his complimentary nature and you could tell he was not being just polite and he never passed out complimentary comments that were not true.

“Dr. Pat” as many of us call him sent young preachers flocking to the front row. He was a living example that you didn’t need a whoop, didn’t need the accompaniment of musicians, didn’t need a soulful strut in your voice, and you didn’t need a fancy suit to preach. He didn’t just closed but it was celebratory. He didn’t try to whoop but it was like lion’s roar. And the favorite of many a preacher (including me) was when he began to gear into his close he had almost a “crying close” when he would drop to the bass of his range, “…. and I—- don’t know how long it will be . . .” That was the Patterson moment I waited for in the sermon.

He leaves a plethora of preachers whom he has influenced. From the way we wore our suits (always black suits, tie, and extra long shirt cuffs), to an attentive ear during the sermon and an infectious smile. He wasn’t just a preacher, he was THE TEMPLATE for preachers.

He was a preacher, pastor, theologian, husband and a father of preachers. His traveling companion was his beloved wife, Melba and he had three children – Anthony, Albert III, Alan, and Alette.

A few highlights from his storied career:

- Recognized three times by his peers as a “Living Legend.”
- Taught and preached at the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
- Lectured for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
- Lectured for the Promise Keepers.
- Lectured for the Preachers Division, National Baptist Congress.
- Named by Ebony as one of America’s Greatest Black Preachers.
- Inducted into the Morehouse College Hall of Preachers.
- Pastored congregations in California and Texas.
- Author of three books, “Joy For the Journey,” “Wisdom in Strange Places,” and “Prerequisites for a Good Journey.”
- Lecturer, The Urban Alternative.
- Lecturer, American Baptist College, Nashville, TN.
- Lecturer, Mid-American Theological Seminary.
- Presenter in all four National Baptist conventions.
- Guest preacher in 14 State Conventions.
- Conductor of 25 different cities’ City Wide Revival.
- Lecturer, Morehouse College of Religion.
- Writer for Judson Press.
- Writer for the African-American Pulpit.
- Preacher of over 100 sermons and lecturers in the National Baptist Convention.

There will never be another Albert Louis Patterson, Jr.  As he would close sometimes, “When I can read my title clear to mansions in the skies, I bid farewell to every fear, and wipe my weeping eyes . . .”

Well done, Dr. Patterson, well done.


Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Nim Russell, Rome, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The longtime pastor of a northwest Georgia church was killed Sunday night in a head-on collision with an allegedly drunk driver in Bartow County.

The Rev. Nim B. Russell died just hours after celebrating his 23rd year as pastor of Rome’s Thankful Baptist Church.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Russell was eastbound on Ga. 140 in Bartow County about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a westbound pickup truck crossed the center line and hit Russell’s 2007 Mercedes Benz E350 head-on.

GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said Russell, 55, of Adairsville, died in the crash, which happened near Big Oak Tree Road west of Adairsville.

A passenger in the Mercedes, identified by the church as Russell’s wife, Julia, was injured and was taken to Floyd Medical Center.

The driver of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, Michelle Blum, 47, of Adairsville, and a passenger in the truck, Charles Louis Blum III, were also taken to Floyd Medical Center for treatment, according to Wright.

Late Monday morning, the GSP charged Michelle Blum with first degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving without headlights.

Bio from the Thankful Baptist Church Website:

PASTOR Russell is a native of Hurtsboro, Alabama. He is married to the former Julia Pink. They have been married 33 years and have three children; Octavious, Nicole and Rachael Russell.

Reverend Russell has a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Interdenominational Institute of Theology, Montgomery, AL and a Master of Divinity from Covington Theological Seminary of Rossville, Georgia. He received a certificate in Blueprint Reading, Precision Instrument for Quality Control from Opelika Technical College, Opelika, AL. He’s attended Southern Union State Junior College, majoring in Social Science and Chattahoochee Valley Community College, majoring in Pre-Law.

Pastor Russell was called into the ministry of Jesus Christ in December of 1982. He pastors the Second Missionary BaptistChurch of Wetumpka, Alabama for six years before being called to the pastorate of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in 1991. 

Pastor Russell has initiated many programs in the Church. He appointed the first Youth Minister to staff at ThankfulMissionary Baptist Church. Out of his spiritual inspiration were produced Fourteen sons and four evangelist, nine sons are now serving as pastors of churches through this country.

The Russell Life Center, a 1.2 millions dollar building was builted in 1994. The Church participated in the Mission Exchange program and took a youth group on an International Trip to Old East Germany. A second location for Thankful Baptist was developed called Thankful Baptist Kennesaw (TBK).  Thankful After School Care program with 501-C (3) status was established in 1998. There are many other accomplishments God has performed through this man of God.

Reverend Russell have numerous religious, community, and civic endeavors and affiliations: GMBC State Congress of Christian Education and North Georgia Association Instructor, Dean of Covington Theological Seminary Rome Branch, Chairman of the Christ Builders Cooperation Board and recently was named as the Vice President of the North Georgia Region for the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. and many others.

Pastor Russell is a gifted teacher, preacher, revivalist that God is using in a very powerful and awesome way throughout this country. He facilitates workshops on Stewardship, Leadership and Transitioning the Local church. He has produced workbooks such as CSWIM (Christian Singles Winning in the Mind) for singles and MEGGA Men (Men Experiencing Godly Glory and Authority) for empowering men.

The Victory Celebration Program for Dr. Timothy James Winters

To view the Victory Celebration program for Dr. Winters, click on the link below:


Homegoing of a Saint (UPDATE) – Dr. Timothy J. Winters, San Diego


Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Crawford W. Kimble, Sr., Houston, Texas

(From the obituary)

Rev. Crawford W. Kimble, Sr. was born March 24, 1918 in Elgin, Texas to the late Reverend and Mrs. George W. Kimble. He attended Moore High School in Waco, Texas.

He later attended Prairie View A & M University, Lincoln University School of Journalism, and the Union Baptist Theological Seminary in Houston. He served in World War II as a corporal and clerk in the 115th Trucking Battalion in French North Africa and Rome, Italy, and then went on to become managing editor of the Informer chain of newspapers, the Houston Call, and the Dallas Call newspapers.

Reverend Kimble was 33 years old when he began preaching the gospel, and united with Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in 1951 . . . .

To read the obituary, please click on the link below:


Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Lafayette Fernandez (L.F.) Chaney, Sr., Houston, Texas

(From the obituary):

Dr. Lafayette Fernandez Chaney, Sr. was born on March 27, 1917, the second child of three children born to Adell and Tom W. Chaney of Waco, Texas.

He was educated in the public schools of Waco and La Vega Independent School Districts. He graduated from Moore High School in Waco. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity Degrees from Paul Quinn College. He received his Master of Arts Degree from Texas Southern University  and furthered his studies in the doctoral program at Baylor University. He received his doctoral degree in Higher Education from Texas Southern University.

He taught mathematics and science at his former High School for twelve years and was principal of Oakwood Elementary School in Waco for eleven years. He also taught mathematics and psychology at Waltrip Senior High School in Houston. During the same period he was an adjunct professor of mathematics and psychology at Houston Community College.

Dr. Chaney’s professional membership and honors include: Past President of Waco Classroom Teachers Association, Waco Administrators Association and the Central Texas District Teachers Association. In 1965 he was nominated for “Who’s Who” among professional men in Texas. He was a member of the American Association of University Professors, Phi Delta Kappa and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternities.

Dr. Chaney pastored the following churches: Little Tehuacana Baptist Church, Waco; Sweethome Baptist Church, Mexia, Texas; First Baptist Church, Thornton, Texas; Second Baptist Church, Itasca, Texas; Shiloh Baptist Church, Madisonville, Texas; and served as Senior Pastor at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas for over 50 years. The complete funeral program may be viewed by clicking the link below:


Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Timothy J. Winters, San Diego, California


Dr. Timothy J. Winters

by Robert Earl Houston

One of the most influential pastors in my lifetime has passed away – the Reverend Dr. Timothy James Winters, the retired pastor/builder of the Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego, California, went home to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, March 15, 2014.

I had known of Dr. Winters for years as a young preacher when he would come to Portland, Oregon to preach for the late Dr. O.B. Williams. Little did I know then that I would have the privilege of being a colleague of his and sharing pulpits with him.

In the 1970s there were a group of “young guns” in the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. – Dr. E.K. Bailey, Dr. Stephen John Thurston, Dr. S.J. Gilbert, Sr., Dr. Melvin Von Wade, Sr., Dr. A. Bernard Devers, Dr. E. Edward Jones, and of course, Dr. Winters. These “young guns” were sought out for their preaching and pastoral excellence. They came to the convention and you would see them transpose the length and breadth of the convention in various settings. Each one of them would rise denominationally and as individuals. Dr. Winters did rise.

He was called to a small congregation, the Bayview Baptist Church, in San Diego in the 1970s. He was a police officer who was called to preach and he pursued education. He wanted to be on the cutting edge and not just a preacher, but an effective communicator and visionary.

Bayview grew exponentially. It was the fastest growing congregation in San Diego for years. He went on to serve not only Bayview, but he sat on too many boards and committees and commissions to name here. He was the President of the Baptist Ministers United of San Diego and Vicinity, the Vice Moderator of the Progressive District Baptist Association, the Vice President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, the Educational Board Chairman of the National Baptist Convention  of America, Inc.

He started the Christian Growth Ministries because of his desire to share what he knew with other pastors and ministers. Sadly, he just hosted a training session less than 30 days ago – his last session.

Dr. Winters embraced technology. When I came to San Diego, Churches on the internet were rare and I was one of the voices in that realm of the black Baptist Church. He not only embraced it but he took Bayview into it with sermons, videos, teaching, and etc.

Dr. Winters’ trademark was that seaman’s captain hat that he wore across the nation. He loved the ocean and in his latter years, he and his wife Betty moved near the sea and had a view of it every day.

Dr. Winters was a friend to preachers and had an open pulpit. If you had a preacher in town he would bring him in. When Dr. Winters invited you, you were assured to be blessed spiritually, financially and of course, he and Sister Betty would make sure you were fed well.  They were one of the best role models of Christian marriage I ever witnessed.

Dr. Winters often took controversial stands and helped those who were in troubles because he understood that the job of the church is not to kill it’s wounded but to help restore them. He believed in redemption as an act of grace that should be modeled.

I preached in his pulpit for years – from 1995 until as recent as a few years ago. He would call me in the middle of the night and say great things – i.e., “Houston, listen – go get a blender, get you some kale and some fruit. You’ll thank me for that.”

I’m sure that when the services will be announced, no church in the city will be able to accommodate the crowd. He was a friend of preachers and my friend.

For that, I thank you Dr. Winters.

CORRECTION: Homegoing of a Saint – Rev. Robert N. Probasco, Sr., Portland, Oregon


PORTLAND, OREGON – The Reverend Robert N. Probasco, Sr., pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Portland, Oregon has gone home to be with the Lord.

His homegoing services will be held at the New Song Community Church on Saturday, March 22, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Please keep the family and church family and the connectional church in your prayers.

This is from the Church’s website, written by Pastor Probasco in 2012:

Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it…If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tired and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
——Mary Pickford

I wish all who have arrived at this day the best. Perhaps we all from time to time need to be encouraged. In every position in life we are learning. If you have failed and you feel you gave your best don’t stop trying. We have a God who has promised never to leave us even in our down moments of failure. Today I remind you and myself, get up thank God for the chance to begin anew.



by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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