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Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. James B. Rodgers, Garland, TX

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.

HOMEGOING INFORMATION:

Wake Services
Friday, September 14, 2012 – (Time TBA)
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Garland, TX

Homegoing Services
Saturday, September 15, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Garland, TX
Dr. Leonard O. Leach, Pastor 

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3 responses

  1. Thank you Rev. Houston. It blessed my heart to see your tribute to my husband Dr. James Rodgers. May God bless you and your wife Jessica.
    Sister Billie Rodgers

    1. Dear Billie,

      Not sure if this will reach you but you are in my stream of consciousness. Please email me at Monroe if you receive this.

      Vickie Lewis

  2. jacqueline wise | Reply

    FIRST LET PLEASE GIVE MY DEEPLY, HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO MY PASTOR’S WIFE SIS RODJERS, AND HER CHILDREN. IT WAS SO EASY TO LOVE THIS FAMILY. THEY WERE A GOD SENT TO ME AT SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH. I JUST RECIEVED THE NEWS AND IM SAD ABOUT PASTORS HOMEGOING BUT IM EXCEPTIONALLY PROUD TO KNOW HE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT AND HE FINISH THE COURSE. I RESPECTED HIS AUTHORITY AS OUR PASTOR AND CONSIDERD HIM AND HIS FAMILY FRIENDS. THIS SERMON WILL ALWAYS HOLD DEAR TO ME SISTER RODJERS, PSALM 23, WHICH WAS MY MOTHERS FAVORITE PASSAGE IN THE BIBLE. I HAD NEVER HEARD IT PREACHED FROM THE BEGGINNG TO THE END OF THE PASSAGE. I WAS ON MY FEET AMEN-ING AND SHOUTING. I RAN HOME AND CALLED MY MOM AND SAID MAMMA YOU HAVE GOT TO HERE HIM PREACH AND THAT HE PREACHED THE PSALM 23. MY MOTHER PASSED SHORTLY AFTER, AND HOW I CRIED. PASTOR SAW ME AND SAID YOU CALL ME ANYTIME SIS. WISE AND LET ME KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO. I SAID OKAY PASTOR AND THANK-YOU. FIRST LADY YOU HAD BEEN TRULY MISSED IN YOUR OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS. YOU ARE GREAT TEACHER. I HAVE MOVED OUT OF TOWN. SO IM NOT ATTENDING SHILOH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP YOUR HANDS IN GODS HAND AND ALLOW HIM TO COMFORT AND HEAL YOU, I WILL NEVER TELL YOU OR ANYONE HOW TO HANDLE SUCH A LOSS, BUT LEAN ON OUR GOD FOR YOUR DAY BY DAY STRENTGH. PLEASE GIVE BRANDY MY SINCERE LOVE, AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN JACKIE

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