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Author Archive: Pastor Robert Earl Houston

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Fred W. Johnson, Myrtle Beach, SC

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Courtesy: Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

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Homegoing of the Saints – Dr. Thomas H. Peoples, Jr. (Lexington, KY) & Dr. Earl A. Pleasant (Inglewood, CA)

Within the past week two exceptional leaders have answered the clarion call of the Lord – Dr. Thomas H. Peoples, Jr., venerable pastor of the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington, KY and Dr. Earl A. Pleasant, founding pastor of the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Inglewood, CA.

LEXINGTON, KY – I had the privilege of working with and preaching for Dr. Peoples on several occasions. He was instrumental in my name being submitted by him as the sole candidate for President of the Kentucky State Convention of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, where I served two complete terms. I had the privilege of serving as his guest speaker for his Women’s Day and Men’s Day programs, respectively. Dr. Peoples served as a past President of Simmons Bible College (now Simmons College of Kentucky) and past President of the Congress of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He was a denominational leader in the Consolidated Missionary Baptist District Association, the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, and he continued to lead Historic Pleasant Green as they were making transition to a new church plant.

His homegoing services have been announced as follows: (from Milward Funeral Directors):

Screenshot 2019-06-14 22.08.57The Reverend Doctor Thomas Howard Peoples, Jr. was born June 17, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky to the late Thomas Howard Peoples, Sr. and the late Bettie D. Peoples. He was happily married for 56 years to his loving, supportive, and devoted wife, Doctor Delma L. Peoples. To their union, was born five children: Thomas Howard Peoples, III, Pastor Stewart Titus Peoples, Pastor Samuel U. Peoples (Benita), Pastor David (Margaret) Rodmann People, and Bettina (Anthony) L. Wright; one sister Charles Peoples Brown; two nieces among others, Bethany RayAnne Brown and Pamela (Walker) Cheatham; the late Howard Peoples and surviving Ted Peoples. There are 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of extended family.

Dr. Peoples was a soul-winner of thousands for the Lord Jesus Christ in addition to a mentor for preachers and pastors across the country. Denominational leaders noted him as a “Father in the Ministry.” Peoples successfully pastored First Baptist Church of Bracktown, Kentucky for 10 years, First Baptist Church of Versailles, Kentucky for 5 years, and Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington, Kentucky for the last 41 years. He earned degrees from Simmons Bible College, the Lexington Theological Seminary, and received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his service. He was named by leaders and recognized by the media as one of the top ten church leaders in Kentucky.

Peoples was a Navy Veteran, Civil Rights Leader, Seminary President, Academy Founder, Moderator, Congress President, a renowned scholar, lecturer, eulogist and revivalist. He was a beloved and respected community leader known for his sacrifices to encourage the hospitalized, incarcerated, the poor, and the marginalized.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday June 17, 2019 at the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church and from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Heritage Hall East Hall.  A Masonic Rite of Passage Ceremony will be held at the church on Monday at 7:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Heritage Hall East Hall.  

Screenshot 2019-06-14 22.05.48INGLEWOOD, CA – Early this morning, word has quickly spread that another legendary minister had passed – the Rev. Earl A. Pleasant, founding pastor of the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Inglewood, California.

Dr. Pleasant’s father was the legendary Dr. Earl Pleasant, founding pastor of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.  Dr. Pleasant served Greater New Bethel approximately 40 years. During that time he was active in the California State Baptist Convention and in the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. International under the leadership of Dr. E. Edward Jones and Dr. Stephen John Thurston.

Dr. Pleasant was well respected among ministers throughout the nation. His sister is the songwriter and arranger, Dr. Margaret Douroux, who served as his Minister of Music until her retirement.

As of this writing, homegoing services are pending. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Charles E. Booth, Columbus, OH

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When I first heard Dr. Charles E Booth, I was in awe and amazement of his handling of the text. He floored me with his vocabulary, depth of research, and practicality that flowed not just that day but every time I heard him. If there was ever a “cleanup batter” in preaching, it was Dr. Booth.

What impressed me as well was his common touch. I remember getting the opportunity just to talk with him and he treated me like he had known me for years and then every time I saw him, he remembered me.

To hear of his homegoing yesterday is sad and my prayers are offered on behalf of his wife and his congregation in Columbus. This is a sad day for the clergy of the cloth . . . but we cannot be saddened without celebration that he has bested our time in eternity.

The Snow Lament of a Pastor

by Robert Earl Houston

Screenshot 2019-03-03 10.50.03ST. LOUIS – Today marks the ninth Sunday in the year of our Lord 2019. Of those nine Sundays, three have now become weather-related cancellations. That means 1/3 of our Sunday morning worship services in 2019 have been canceled and according to long-range forecasts, this may not be the last one for this winter/spring.

It is real living in the Midwest. Every area of the country has some type of relevant reasons for shutting their doors. In California – it may be wildfires or even excessive heat; In the Northwest – it may be snow or flooding; In the South – it could be a tornado watch or flooding; In the North, it could be bitter cold; In Florida or the Carolinas or Georgia, it could be hurricanes or flooding.

But this year for us in St. Louis, it’s the snow. Several of us have had or scheduling make-up services to give our parishioners the opportunity to worship and support their local congregation.

In this season it’s a matter of trusting God. Financially, snow puts a strain on any church’s budget. You have to deal with snow removal, sometimes a busted pipe or some internal flooding, higher heating bills, etc. I have learned to trust God to be “Jehovah-Jireh” – the provider in these times of weather uncertainty. Surely, He will make a way.

So my lament is also my praise! I praise Him for his protection extended to every member of the congregation that I have the privilege of serving as pastor. And I’m trusting God to continue to provide.

Homegoing of a Saint – Bishop L. Daniel Williams, Norwalk, CA

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Homegoing of a Saint – Pastor Walter L. Brandon, Jr., San Francisco, CA

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Vacant Pulpit: Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Fresno, California

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Vacant Pulpit: Clay Street Missionary Baptist Church, Shelbyville, KY (deadline: November 30, 2018)

Clay Street Missionary Baptist Church located in Shelbyville, Kentucky is seeking a Senior Pastor, who is called and dedicated to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Senior Pastor preferably will be bi-vocational. The Pastor shall be guided by the principles set forth in 1stTimothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. The Senior Pastor is the leader of the church and is responsible for leading the church to the fulfillment of its mission and vision in accordance with the teaching of the Holy Scriptures/Spirit, Church covenant, and Evangelistic principles necessary for discipleship and the winning of lost souls. The Pastor shall be a believer in the basic doctrine of the Baptist Church and a committed Preacher of the Gospel, with theological education and work experience. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018.

All resumes must be submitted to:
Clay Street Missionary Baptist Church
Pastoral Search Committee
Attn. Grant Tinsley, Jr.
P.O. Box 173
Shelbyville, KY 40066

Please provide the following to complete your application:

☐ A cover letter
☐ A current resume
☐ Copy of ministerial license
☐ Certificate of Ordination
☐ 3 Reference Letters Including:

  • Letter from a Pastor
  • Letter from a laymen
  • Personal letter from a non-relative

    Additional information:

  • Final candidates will be notified and requested to provide additional information later in the selection process.
  • Final candidates must consent to reference, criminal history and background checks, a drug screen and/or credit, financial history review (performed through an outside agency for complete confidentiality).
  • Final candidates must possess a willingness to continue their theological education if needed.
  • All applicants are responsible for their expenses-unless authorized by the committee.

A Refreshing Worship Experience

by Robert Earl Houston

Last evening our church, Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church, had been invited to a Revival Service at the Oak Grove Baptist Church of St. Louis, Inc. It was a great crowd. The music was provided by the St. Louis Union Gospel Chorus (and how the Lord used them!!!).

The guest evangelist was Rev. Brian K. Weaver, Jr.

Not one of the Convention, State or District leaders.
Not one of the guys who is “on the circuit” across the country.
Not a megachurch pastor.
Not a “convention preacher.”
Not even a “conference preacher” who is seen in most conferences across the country.

Rev. Weaver is a 20-year-old preacher – an associate minister at Oak Grove. In his preaching, he reminds me of a young Dr. Donald Parson. He has presence powered by the Holy Spirit. He went from the drums to the pulpit fluidly and how he blessed those in attendance by his preaching. He didn’t stay there long . . . maybe 20 minutes at most . . . and then a grown man walked down the aisle to unite with the church. God be praised!

It was refreshing to see this young man preach. The energy, the connection, the gifts on display. And it made me think . . . how refreshing it was to just go to church and hear a young preacher who was not trying to preach to impress, or run for denominational office, or preach with an agenda – rather, just to open the book and preach. The celebration of preaching was amazing.

Maybe we have become accustomed to only wanting to hear the “stars of the church” that we forget that everyone had to start somewhere in ministry . . . namely, the beginning. If you can’t be blessed and encouraged by someone who doesn’t have the cadre of degrees or the trappings of a large church . . . you may be missing out on a solid presentation.

As I grow older in the ministry, I am amazed by the continued preaching strength of my elders; I am amazed by the powerful preaching of my contemporaries . . .

And last night, I am encouraged by that new, younger crowd, that will one day receive the mantle of ministry across this country. Job well done Rev. Weaver!

Vacant Pulpit: New Life Baptist Church, Lacey, WA (Deadline: June 30, 2018)

 The New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) of Lacey, Washington, founded in June of 1975, is prayerfully seeking a full-time Pastor, called by God, who will serve as spiritual leader of God’s people. The Senior Pastor is Servant-Leader, Teacher, Challenger, Trainer, Initiator, Counselor and overall Visionary for the Church. He shall structure the process for the casting and implementation of vision for the church, while providing leadership and supervision for implementing such vision through the Board of Directors and various ministries of the church. The Senior Pastor is the leader of the church and is responsible for leading the church to the fulfillment of its mission in accordance with the teaching of the Holy scriptures, Church covenant, and Evangelistic principles necessary for discipleship and the winning of lost souls. The Senior Pastor is the final authority on all pulpit matters. This position regularly and customarily involves the exercise of sound judgment and discretion.

To view the application packet, click here now.

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by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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