Robert Earl Houston, 57, 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 and the late Minister Phene Houston.
Pastor Houston is a native of Portland. 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 was raised at the Morning Star Baptist Church, Rev. Sylvester McCullumn, Pastor. At a Bible Camp in 1976 by Rev. Bruce Andrews. It was there he surrendered his life to Christ. In 1976 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.
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 also was a frequent guest preacher for J.W. Friday’s broadcast on KBOO Radio which allowed him to preach the gospel on-air throughout the state of Oregon.
He has served as pastor of Greater St. Stephen (1989-1991), Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church of Fresno, California (1991-1995), New Hope Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of San Diego, California (1995-2004). After leaving New Hope he was involved in a full-time ministry of evangelism, preaching across the nation, and served as a Senior Project Manager for Morris Cerullo World Evangelism (2004-2005).
In 2005 Pastor Houston was invited to serve as Assistant Pastor of Westwood Baptist Church, University Center in Nashville, Tennessee, by Pastor Barton Elliott Harris, where he dutifully served. He served faithfully until being called to the First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky in February 2009, moving there in March and began his duties in April. He was installed by Pastor Harris on May 31, 2009. He completed his ministry assignment there on December 3, 2017.
On November 18, 2017, he was called to the pastorate of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church, which is celebrating their 100th year of existence in 2018. 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 a member of the Missionary Baptist Ministers Union of St. Louis, the Berean Missionary Baptist District Association, the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri and 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.
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.:
– Member, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
– Member, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Detroit, Michigan.
In addition Pastor Houston serves 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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