Author Archive: Pastor Robert Earl Houston

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. James Brown, Sr., St. Louis, Missouri



Screenshot 2018-01-20 13.29.59ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – The Pastor, Officers, and Members of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church are deeply saddened by the homegoing of our beloved Pastor Emeritus, the Reverend Dr. James Brown, Sr., who went home to be with the Lord this morning, January 20, 2018.

Dr. Brown was called to the pastorate of Mercy Seat in August 1985 and accepted the call and responsibility as the eleventh pastor of the church. He built his ministry on the premise that Mercy Seat would be effective in her three-fold ministry of mission, evangelism, and education.

Under his leadership, the Lord showed favor upon he and Mercy Seat: Two 15 passenger vans were purchased and replaced with a 24 passenger bus; a program was designed for total membership involvement and participation from the children to the Golden Agers was implemented; the Tuesday Evening Prayer Service and Weekly Bible Classes were strengthened along with a strong Christian Education Ministry; A Children’s Church was established; additional parking lots added; Expansion of the Sanctuary with seating exceeding 1,100 and creation of an educational facility with needed classrooms and assembly room; a Food Bank was established; Purchase of additional lots surrounding the church and a 43 unit senior apartment complex was built in conjunction with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; In 2005, an elevator was installed for the benefit of the church members and guests.

In December 23, 2010, the City of St. Louis approved of an ordinance drafted by Alderman Terry Kennedy which created an honorary designation of the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard as “Rev. James Brown, Sr. Avenue.”

Pastor Brown retired in 2015 after serving Mercy Seat for thirty years. He was then asked by the Church to serve as Interim Pastor during the transition of the call of his successor. Pastor Brown served FAITHFULLY!

We ask you to honor the privacy of the Brown family at this time and allow them the time to grieve privately. We ask you to pray for his wife, Lady Carole Brown, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends. He leaves a heart-broken Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church family, Berean District Association family, Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri family, and National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. family – including those who attended his National Baptist Congress class that he taught from the Book of Revelation.  Homegoing Services are pending at this time.

It is only befitting that we remember and honor our shepherd with a scripture – to comfort our hearts: “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thessalonians 16-17).

In honor of Pastor Brown, the pastoral pulpit chair will be draped until April 8, 2018, as we remember our dynamic and God-led pastor emeritus. May the Lord bless the works of his hands and the teaching that he instilled in our congregation.

Sorrowfully Submitted,

Pastor Robert Earl Houston and the
Members of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church
St. Louis, Missouri


Homegoing of a Saint – Minister Ronald J. Materre, Houston, Texas

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Minister of Music Position – Galilee Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Vacant Pulpit: Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a full-time pastor to serve as the undershepherd of the congregation. The candidate must be a licensed and ordained minister, have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited seminary (master of divinity preferred), and have five years of pastoral ministry experience. The person must also be responsible to God and the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible, to provide Christian leadership in all areas of the church, and to engage in pastoral care of the congregation. All interested candidates must submit the following information: a cover letter, current resume with a current color photo, copy of ministerial license, certificate of ordination, transcripts, DVD of a sermon delivered within the past year, four letters of recommendation (one pastor, one layperson, two personal) and a copy of valid driver’s license and DD214 (if reporting military status).

Please send all information to:

Attention: Ms. Paula Johnson
Pastoral Search Committee
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
PO Box 2532
Topeka, Kansas 66601

Vacant Pulpit: St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Kansas City, Missouri

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Vacant Pulpit: Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Springfield, Illinois

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church is seeking a full-time pastor who is called by God to serve as the spiritual leader of the congregation. The qualified candidate must be a licensed and ordained Baptist minister with a minimum five years of experience as a Baptist pastor. The person must also be an effective communicator with the ability to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible, to provide Christian leadership in all areas of the church, and to engage in pastoral care for the congregation and community. All interested candidates must submit the following information: a cover letter, current resume with a current color photo, copy of ministerial license and certificate of ordination, official transcripts mailed directly from institutions, and completed and signed application checklist.  The deadline for submission is October 30, 2017. Please send all information to:

Attention: Pastoral Search Ministry
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
PO Box 6275
Springfield, Illinois 62708

Source: National Baptist Union-Review

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Barry K. Hargrove, Baltimore, MD

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Vacant Pulpit: Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX

Pastoral Search Committee Announcement
Application Deadline October 15, 2017


Education: Preferred Seminary Master’s Degree
Experience: Preferred 4-7 years as Pastor or Pastor’s Assistant

Ministry Priorities:

A saved, sanctified Holy Ghost filled believer.
A gifted teacher who enable persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths.
A person that emphasizes discipleship and spiritual growth.
A person who emphasizes the importance of strong families.
A person with leadership vision and a well-developed vision for the Church’s future growth.
An effective communicator of well-prepared sermons.
A skilled counselor available to assist with personal and spiritual problems.
A person who communicates well with youth.
A nurturing leader who grows and helps others to grow.


The Pastor is accountable to the church congregation. The Pastor’s responsibilities include preaching, teaching, pastoral counseling, performing weddings, funerals, baptisms, planning and guiding the Church to grow and fulfill its purpose as set forth in Matthew 28:18-20.


The Pastor shall have in his care the spiritual and moral welfare of the congregation. The Pastor shall preach the Gospel, support the doctrine of the Church, administer the ordinances and watch over the membership. The Pastor shall have charge of all services of public worship. He shall be an ex-officio member of all Boards and Committees of the Church, its auxiliaries and organizations. The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the Church, except where good taste and his own involvement dictate otherwise.

The Pastor must possess an extensive and rigorous foundation in the Word of God. The Pastor must be dependable, demonstrate discretion and integrity in all activities and exhibit the character qualities outlined in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:7-9. The Pastor shall be ordained.

Mount Gilead Baptist Church endeavors to be obedient to the Great Commission, to be involved in Evangelism through Missions and to minister to social needs through Christian worship and Bible study.


Resume with cover letter
Four (4) references


Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, detailed resume, and complete contact information by October 15, 2017, to:

Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Attention: Pastoral Search Committee
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Contact Person: Pastoral Search Committee Chairperson, Deacon Roy Paley
Contact Number: 817-437-6218

Homegoing of a Saint: Bishop Henry Barnwell, Phoenix, AZ

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Global United Fellowship sadly announces the transitioning of Bishop Henry Barnwell.

Bishop Barnwell was one of the first public supporters of GUF, and having already retired from full-time ministry, continued to offer his support to our presiding prelate and the fellowship, also attending his inauguration in November of 2014.
Our sincerest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are extended to his loved ones and church family members, during this time of bereavement.  We share in their sorrow and praise God for the life of our Beloved brother, Bishop Henry Barnwell.  May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Celebration of Life Services are as follows: 
Body to “Lie in State”
Wed. Sept. 20th, 2017
First New Life Church, 1902 West Roeser Rd.,
Noon to 8pm, Phoenix, AZ (Open to public)
Viewing / Wake
Thur. Sept. 21st, 2017
Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson
5pm – 7pm & 7pm – 9pm Wake, Phoenix, AZ
Funeral Service
Fri. Sept., 22nd, 2017
Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson
9am – Viewing / 10am Funeral Service, Phoenix, AZ
Interment to follow immediately after the service at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona,  23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Please send all acknowledgements and resolutions to Preston Funeral Home: email address
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the MLK Scholarship Fund.

This is the link to the Arizona Republic article on Bishop’s life.

Homegoing Services Announced for Dr. Clyde Elliott Gaines

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Body Lying in State: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. PST
Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
3146 Oceanview Boulevard
San Diego, California 92113

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Viewing 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Homegoing Service 10 a.m.
Bayview Baptist Church
6134 Benson Avenue
San Diego, California 92114
Rev. Terry W. Brooks, Pastor
Rev. Clyde E. Gaines, II, Eulogist

Burial/Interment: 2:30pm
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Noble Drive
San Diego, California 92122


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