We are saddened to announce the homegoing of a dear brother in the Lord, Dr. James Rodgers, pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Garland, TX and former pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Sacramento, California, and other congregations where he served faithfully. He passed away on Monday, September 10, 2012.
I met Dr. Rodgers while serving as Pastor of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Fresno, California and we served together in the St. John Missionary District Baptist Association, the largest District Association west of St. Louis. We were co-lecturers together in the St. John District H.F. Dean Ministers Institute and in the California Missionary Baptist State Convention’s S.M. Lockridge Ministers Institute – both institutes were managed by Rev. Bryant C. Wyatt, Sr. and myself, by the gracious supporter of Moderator Ray W. Williams and State President C.E. Gaines.
Dr. Rodgers was gracious enough to extend the pulpit of Shiloh to me on several occasions. My wife was and her parents still are members of Shiloh and matter of fact, I actually candidated there once when they were seeking a pastor, two pastors prior to Dr. Rodgers’ arrival. The last time I preached there was in 2008 for their Family and Friends Day and I have a plaque on my wall in my home office that reads: “An Award of Grateful Appreciation Presented to Dr. Robert Houston, for being Guest Speaker for our 2005 Annual Family Day and the Second FRANTASTIC (Family, Relatives and Neighbors) Day Service. This 25th Day of September 2005, Shiloh Baptist Church, Dr. James B. Rodgers, Pastor, Sacramento, CA.”
Dr. Rodgers was somebody’s preacher! He was heavy theologically and was down-to-earth, no-nonsense preacher who extracted excellence from everyone around him. He was a man of few words in meetings, but when he spoke, he commanded the attention of the entire room. He will be sorely missed. Please remember Sis. Rodgers and their family in your prayers.
Friday, September 14, 2012 – (Time TBA)
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Garland, TX
Saturday, September 15, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Garland, TX
Dr. Leonard O. Leach, Pastor