About REH

Screenshot 2018-05-03 22.33.15Robert Earl Houston, 59, is the pastor of the Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church of St. Louis, Missouri. He is married to the former Jessica Georgette (Anderson) Houston of Sacramento, California. He is the son of the late Naomi Jackson Houston and the late Minister Phene Houston, both parents originally from Jonesboro, Louisiana in the Shady Grove Community.

Pastor Houston is a native of Portland, Oregon, born on May 16, 1960 at Emanuel Hospital & Health Center.  He matriculated through the Portland Public School system 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.

Spiritually he led to the Lord at a Bible Camp as a delegate from Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in 1976 by Rev. Bruce Andrews. It was there he surrendered his life to Christ. Later that year, he 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 was the sports announcer for the program, “Summer Sound.”

Pastor Houston began playing the organ in 1977 and then in December of that same year, he was called to preach the Gospel. Pastor Houston preached his first sermon on April 30, 1978, and 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 in December under Pastor Johnny Pack, IV., whom he assisted in the planting of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

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He has served congregations in Oregon, California, Tennessee, and Kentucky as Pastor (except for Tennessee where he served as Assistant Pastor).

On November 18, 2017, he was called to the pastorate of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church. He began his duties there and the future is in the hands of the Lord. As Pastor Houston says, “The Lord is kind…”

He is presently:
– Organist of the Missionary Baptist Ministers Union of St. Louis,
– First Vice President of the Berean Missionary Baptist District Association Congress of Christian Education,
– Member of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri, and,
– Member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated.

Pastor Houston has preached across the United States inclusive of Churches, State Conventions, District Associations, District Congresses, State Congresses, National Congresses, and other fellowships. In addition, he has been quoted in several periodicals and online web magazines including the Morehouse School of Religion and was recently quoted by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx.) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as she gave tribute to the late Dr. A. Louis Patterson, Jr. He has held memberships in the National Convention of Gospel Choruses and Choirs (Dorsey Convention) and the Gospel Music Workshop of America (James Cleveland Convention).

Denominational work has always been important to him and is currently serving in various capacities – as a Vice Moderator, State President, General Secretary of two District Association, Ministers Conference Chairman, Editor and Chairman of the American Baptist newspaper.:

In addition Pastor Houston served 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 Bishop” Online Magazine.
– 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.



This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church of St. Louis, Missouri. 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.

36 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.

  16. Pastor I’m writing to find out how do I receive the sermon from already pay for I think I did something can you please help enjoying the sermons very much

  17. Hi pastor Houston, I’am so inspired by the information you provided about those great african american preachers of the faith. Truly they are front liners in the Lord’s army. I have listened to some of them preach by CDs, especially Dr. E. V Hill, Dr. C. Gardner Taylor, Bishop Gilbert E. patterson, Bishop Charles Blake, and of course, the man of our times bishop T. D. Jakes. He has a radio & television broadcast in our country Liberia that I hardly miss. God has used these preachers in a special way to bless many.

    Please remember my country Liberia in prayers our people are dying from a deadly virus called Ebola. I will write you personally.

    God bless.
    Pastor Morgan.

  18. great site,man of God.I need a little help sharing my Pastorial resume,Please if you have a link or email where I can upload for viewing audience,please let me know.thanks,,yours truly Pastor J.E.Smith

  19. Pastor Houston, please share with me your opinion on Baptist churches becoming the place where ministers from other denominations are now becoming their pastor. These same ministers who had no chance of getting a ‘large’ church in other denominations, use their Baptist church as a stepping stone to the ‘Full Gospel’, Pentecostal, non-denominational and other groups that could/would never have helped them grow their church to the size of what they obtained from the blood, sweat and tears of a previous Baptist pastor. They then do all they can to erase all Baptist doctrine, practices, forms of worship, etc. Personally, the one thing I’ve not seen in the people to whom I refer, is the spirit of discernment that was seemingly so prevalent among the older Baptist preachers. These newcomers seem to be riding by the seat of their pants, rather than by the gift of spiritual discernment. Help me please, because they are growing in numbers by getting our young people, making them believe that if they do not conform to certain forms of worship ‘tongues’ etc. they are not fully saved, etc.

  20. Rev. Kareem Christian | Reply

    Greetings Rev. Houston,
    I wanted to make you aware of the passing of Rev. Dr. John T. Teabout of Greater Friendship Baptist Church Newark, NJ.
    Rev. Teabout went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday December 19, 2014. Arrangements for his home-going services are as follow:
    Wake: Friday December 26, 2014 from 3 pm until @ Greater Friendship Baptist Church 84 Custer Ave, Newark, NJ
    Home Going Service: Saturday December 27, 2014 from 9 am until @ Zion Hill Baptist Church 152 Osborne Terrace, Newark, NJ

    Rev. Teabout has been a faithful part of the Late Night Services for the National Baptist Convention….

  21. Pastor Houston, I ran across your blog when reading on Bishop Humphrey. I had not seen you since Emmanuel Baptist Church of San Jose, CA (either late 90’s or early 2000). Based on reading your background God has truly blessed and taken you to another dimension. I am thankful to see your progress. Pastor Cynthia Jackson

    1. Thank you Pastor Jackson – yes that has been quite a few years ago. I pray all is well with you!

  22. Rev. Michael Wells | Reply

    Pastor Houston, I mailed my resume for the Vacant Pastor at Park Ridge Bapt. Church. However, it was “returned to sender, does not live here”. Address was 4227 Arbor Court, Independence KY.
    Any advice?

    1. That was the address on the advertisement. I would call the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky at 502-587-8714 offices in Louisville and see if they have another mailing address.

  23. Greetings Pastor Houston,
    It’s my prayer that all is well. How do I get an email copy of the American Baptist?


    Reverend Alvin Isaacs

  24. Pastor Houston, it was great meeting you in New Orleans (before going into Late Night, while talking to Pastor Michael Henderson). As I mentioned, I really appreciate the ministry of “The Wire.” (I know you meet hundreds of pastors, so take a look at my site to jog your memory of who I am.)

    1. Yes sir! I didn’t put two and two together . . . I’m from Portland and preached many a day in Tacoma especially at Mt. Sinai and St. John. I believe I preached at Bethlehem as well. Good hearing from you!

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