Robert 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.
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.
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