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About Us


MOTTO:  
God Can Do All Things!
One Heart, One Soul - United In Christ Jesus
Annual Church Theme: "Greater Things are Coming! The Just Shall Live by Faith"!

The Five Purposes of Abiding Faith Baptist Church

 
"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

PRESUPPOSITIONS
  1. The Bible provides the basis for all that Christians are to  be and do.
  2. God has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, and the followers of Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, are to continue Jesus' ministry of proclamation and service.
  3. The Bible reveals that only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior can persons be redeemed and that the redeemed have been commissioned to carry His message and ministry to all people of the world.
  4. Each Christian is commanded to carry out God's purpose and is gifted by the heavenly Father for that mission.
  5. Christians are to minister to the whole person, meeting spiritual, physical, social, mental and emotional needs.
  6. A spiritual awakening, beginning with an emphasis on prayer, is essential to reaching our community for Christ.
  7. Cooperation is at the heart of all that we do. Therefore, it is essential that all parts of the church family work as a team through participation and cooperation to carry out our purpose in Christ.
SPECIAL EMPHASIS


We have several continuing priorities. We must seek to awaken and stimulate our membership, the greatest possible activity in evangelism, mission, Christian education and benevolent work and enterprises; to cultivate a closer cooperation among each other and promote harmony of feeling and concert of action in advancing all the interests of the Redeemer's Kingdom.

Recognizing the importance of these continuing priorities and the changing circumstances of our community, the following are to have special emphasis.

Purpose 1:  Magnify His Name


The word that describes this purpose is worship (magnify).  The Church exists to worship God.  How do we love God with all our heart?  By worshipping Him!  It does not matter if we’re by ourselves or with 1000 people.  When we express our love to God, we’re worshipping.  The Bible says, “Worship The Lord your God, and serve Him only”  (Matthew 4:10).  Worshipping God is the church’s first purpose. Throughout scripture, we’re commanded to celebrate God’s presence by magnifying the Lord and exalting His name.  Psalm 34:3 (NASB) says, “Oh magnify The Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.”  We shouldn’t worship out of duty; we should worship because we want to.  We should enjoy expressing our love to God.

Purpose 2:  Sharing the Gospel Message of Love


This purpose we call reach (evangelism). The church exists to communicate God's Word. We are ambassadors for Christ, and our mission is to reach, evangelize the world. The word go in the Great Commission is a present participle in the Greek text. It should read "as you are going." It is every Christian's responsibility to share the Good News wherever we go. We are to tell the whole world of Christ's coming, his death on the cross, his resurrection, and his promise to return.  The task of evangelism is so important, that we find it recorded in each of the gospels, and once in the book of Acts. In Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47­49, John 20:21, and Acts 1:8 Jesus commissions us to go and tell the world the message of salvation. Evangelism is more than our responsibility, it is our great privilege. We are invited to be a part of bringing people into God's eternal family.


Purpose 3:  Equipping God's People for Ministry


The word we commonly use to refer to this purpose is teach (equipping). The church exists to edify, or educate, God's people. This process begins when a person is born again and continues throughout the rest of his life. Colossians 1:28 (NCV) says, "We continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God's presence.  As the church we are called not only to reach people, but to also teach them.  After someone has made a decision for Christ, he or she must learn of God, of His love for the whole world and His plan for saving mankind to bring us into His prepared kingdom. They must learn how God expects us to use the gifts and talents and opportunities to further His kingdom.


Purpose 4:  Developing Christians to Model His Character


The word we use to describe this purpose is grow (discipleship). It is the church’s responsibility to develop people to spiritual maturity. This is God's will for every believer. Paul writes: " ... so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4: 12b-13). Jesus has established a pattern for us to follow. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (I Peter 2:21).  In I Timothy 4:12, Paul gives us several specific areas in which we are to model the character of Christ: "Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." Notice that maturity is not measured by one's learning but by one's lifestyle.


Purpose 5: Ministering to the Needs of the Community


The word we use to describe this purpose is serve (ministry). The church exists to minister to people. Ministry is demonstrating God's love to others by meeting their needs and healing their hurts in the name of Jesus. Each time you reach out in love to others you are ministering to them. The church is to minister to all kinds of needs: spiritual, relational, and physical. Jesus said that even a cup of cold water given in His name was considered as ministry and would not go un-rewarded. The church is to  “... equip the saints for the work of ministry" (Eph. 4: 12 NRSV). I Peter 4: 10 says, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."


SUPPPORTIVE CONCERNS


Prayer - As part of our long-range plan, our organized prayer effort is imperative. Each member should develop intercessory prayer and continue to call upon God for revival and evangelization and to seek the release of His power on behalf of our great mission outreach ministry. The prayer emphasis will focus on unity, spiritual awakening, human needs, the Lord's calling out laborers for the harvest in the community, the city, our nation and the world, and the common causes of our membership and the kingdom.


Stewardship Development - Diligent efforts must be made to enhance the development of the stewardship of life and of material possessions. Funds will be needed in order for the church to accomplish all the ministries required by the challenge of this long-range plan. Therefore, stewardship development is another supportive concern.
 
 
 

Assistant Pastor & Second Lady Price

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HORACE PRICE, SR

Horace Price, Sr., was born April 20, to the late Howard and Lula Price, in Tallulah, Louisiana.  He is the fifth of fifteen. He was educated at Thomastown Elementary, Middle School and High School.  He attended Grambling on a basketball scholarship and received his BS in Industrial Arts.  He holds a degree in heating and air-conditioning.  He worked for Houston Independent School District for 28 years before retiring, but his real job is working for the Lord.  His ministry began as a Deacon at New Faith Baptist, where, lead by the Holy Spirit, he accepted his calling to the ministry and became an ordained minister in 1983.  He attended the College of Biblical Studies.  He currently serves as the Assistant Pastor and Youth Minister at Abiding Faith. It is his prayer that others see Jesus shining through him and his ministry.

Reverend Price married his high school sweetheart, ROSEMARY KLINE PRICE.

Rosemary was born into the Kline lineage in Tallulah, Louisiana to Rev. Edward Kline, Sr. and the late Ethel Mae Bosby Kline.  She is the third child of seven girls and one boy.  She attended Thomastown Elementary, Middle and High School and, with much hard work, she graduated as Valedictorian.  She received a full academic scholarship to Grambling State University and graduated from Grambling State University, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics in December, 1974. At Grambling, she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She later married her inspiration, Horace Price, Sr., whom she met in first grade when he moved into her neighborhood, "on the next turn road".  Rosemary also holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.

Rosemary and Rev. Price have been faithful members of Abiding Faith for more than 20 years. She is an active Deaconess, Greeter, and Cotillion Committee Member.  She sincerely believes in putting Christ first and knows that when you do all other things will fall in their correct place. Rosemary has retired from Houston Independent School District after 31 years, as a Mathematics Educator.  Her hobbies are sewing, and making craft.

Horace and Rosemary have two wonderful daughters, Stephanie and Taiam (Simmons), one chip off the old block, Horace O’Cierre, Jr., and one adopted daughter, Sandra.  They also enjoy five grandchildren: three Princesses, Dawnyale Elise, Kailey Baker and Payton Sierra and two little Princes, Billy Ray, III and Bryce James, and one adopted granddaughter, Ieshia Imani. Billy Simmons, II has also complemented the family unit as spouse to daughter, Tiam.  As well, Sheri has complemented the family unit as spouse to son, O’Cierre.  

 

 

 

 

Leadership/Staff

 Church Officers

Elders

Pastor Bobby Morgan
Rev. Horace Price, Sr.
Deacon Patrick Harper
Deacon Harold Simmons
Deacon Eugene Stewart

Secretary
Pamela Simmons

Clerk
Wanda Johnson

Business Administrator
Robert Morgan 

Building Administrator
Clifton Chillis

Treasurer 
Kennon Blackshire

Associate Ministers

Richard Beary
Booker T. Canty
Clifton Hubbard
Lenton Hymes
J. Melvin Knotts, Jr.
L.M. Logeman
Shelton Tillman  
Michael Whitehead  

Deacons

Morris Chambers  
Phillip Collins, Sr.  
Samuel Crowell
Henry Daniels  
Adam Dixson
 Dewey Evans   
Carl Furr
Horace Garner 
Hermann Gordon
Melvin (Bo) Green 
Patrick Harper (Elder)
Shelton Hope 
Derrey Horn  
Gene Jackson 
Emmett Johnson 
Monroe O’Quin
Billy Polk
James Scott
Allen Shelton
William Moore
Harold Simmons (Elder)
Eugene Stewart (Elder)
Hank Stewart
Solomon Williams
Wayne Wilson
Alvin White

Share Groups

Within the life of the Church the role of the Share Group Leader ranks among of the most significant. The Share Group Leader is essential in ministering to members and/or families within the Church by demonstrating an interest in their lives and providing support and encouragement at particular times of need. It is also important because the member is part of the of the Church and wants to feel that they belong to a Christian community. 

Each new member and/or family is assigned a deacon who will minister to them. Through the Share Groups, the deacons (and deaconesses) join our pastor and church staff in ministering to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of each church member and family. 

Part of the responsibility of the Share Group Leader is to be a channel of communication, linking people together and keeping them in touch with what is happening in the life of the Church.  The Leader also keeps the Pastor informed as to what’s happening in the lives of the members under their specific care.

 This is done through the following:  

  • Keeping in contact with the members of their Share Groups through home visits and telephone conversations.
  • Offering support and encouragement to the members and adherents in their pastoral group, particularly in times of special need.
  • Supplying the Pastor with news about those in their Share Groups when additional support might be appropriate.
  • Witnessing, when appropriate, to an unsaved family member;
  • Rejoicing -- with members when they celebrate important events and/or accomplishments.
  • Supporting – in times of crisis
  • Encouraging – when members are facing difficulties or other times of distress;
  • Listening – to concerns; letting members know that they are important to the Church family.
  • Praying – without ceasing – in all situations.

Members and families are encouraged to call your deacon (Share Group Leader) at any time you feel the need. If you do not know who your Leader is please call the church office at 281.437.9595.

Share Group Leaders

Allen and Vernice Shelton
Alvin and Brenda White
Barry and Sandra Stephens
Carl and Bridget Furr
Derrey and Moderia Horn
Dewey and Carmelita Evans
Emmet and Margie Johnson
Eugene and Patricia Stewart
Gene and Tina Jackson
Hank and Earnestine Stewart
Harold and Pamela Simmons
Henry and Linda Daniels
Herman and Anita Gordon
Melvin (Bo) and Kathy Green
Monroe and Teressa O'Quin
James and Patricia Scott
Morris and Barbara Chambers
Patrick and Debbie Harper
Phillip and Mamie Collins
Billy and Marian Polk
Samuel and Helen Crowell
Shelton and Rebecca Hope
Wayne and Lillie Wilson
William and Rose Mary Moore

 

Church History

Abiding Faith Baptist Church History


On October 18, 1992, at Briargate Elementary School, ninety-three (93) faith-filled children of God gathered for the purpose of establishing a new church for God’s service.  These were a “chosen people”—chosen by God to climb to a higher level of praise, worship, and service.  This congregation became known as the Abiding Faith Baptist Church. It is only by the resounding grace of God that Abiding Faith has become a beacon light on the corner of Fondren and Independence in Missouri City Texas.  It holds membership in the San Felipe Association of Churches in the Coastal Plains Baptist Area. This association of churches strives to equip believers of all ages to do the work of evangelism.

Pastor/Founder Bobby R. Morgan was chosen by God to lead this flock of believers and Reverend Horace Price, Sr., was selected as the Assistant Pastor.  As a result of God’s favor, administrators on the campus of the Willowridge High School opened their doors of The Commons.  Later the Ronald E. McNair Auditorium was opened to Abiding Faith and we were welcomed in the spirit of love, support and encouragement.

The open charter membership period of our church, October 18, 1992 through November 15, 1992, yielded a membership of 139.  Among these were first officers:  Deacons Harold Simmons, Wird Brown, Jr., and the late Raymond Roberson.  The Church Secretary was Pamela Simmons and Rosalind Amos was Church Clerk. We thank God that sixty-five (65) Charter Members are still serving at Abiding Faith!

For support and assistance in making major decisions concerning the church’s welfare, Elders, composed of Ministers and Deacons were selected by the Pastor.  Elders, along with Pastor Morgan and Assistant Pastor Price are Deacons Harold Simmons, Patrick Harper and Eugene Stewart. The Sunday School, Choir and Deacons were our first Department/Auxiliaries.

In order for any organization to successfully grow, a purpose or purposes must be established; consequently, three (3) purposes of the Abiding Faith Baptist Church were defined:  Worship, Reach, Teach, (Grow and Serve were later added), extending our purposes to five (5).

God blessed Abiding Faith to purchase land for a permanent site at 15376 Fondren Road at Independence in Missouri City, Texas.  In 1997 the Lord, faithfully and as promised, blessed Abiding Faith with a permanent house of prayer and worship. In grateful appreciation and recognition we have returned to the McNair Auditorium in celebration of our Annual Family and Friends’ Day.

On June 22, 1997, God blessed Abiding Faith to enlarge its physical and spiritual territory, and the dedication service was held in the first edifice where Abiding Faith kingdom-builders glorified God as Promise-Keeper.  Great is God’s faithfulness!  As the church grew, traditional ministries and auxiliaries formed— Sunday school, choirs, usher board, women's missionary, brotherhood and youth ministries. Continued growth prompted the need for an additional service. The 1st United We Build Campaign was held.

In May 2000, we began two morning worship services, 7:30 and 10:45.  Both events represent stepping stones of growth and development of our purpose-driven church,

In February 2004, a second “United We Build Campaign” was initiated and the congregation boarded the “Faith Train” with pledges for sacrificial giving for the building of a larger sanctuary.  We purposed in our hearts to bring the vision of our new sanctuary to reality.  Abiding Faith was established as operating on a “faith budget” which  means that we operated on faith and tithe.  Currently the physical operation of our church relies strictly on our faith (sacrificial) giving and tithe.

On September 11, 2005, the Abiding Faith family marked the site of our present sanctuary with a ground-breaking ceremony.  With stakes, bearing a favorite scripture, each family stood on holy ground and symbolically planted a re-commitment to God and to Abiding Faith.  Hallelujah!  Praise God!

On September 10, 2006, we held a jubilee dedication service in our new sanctuary.  Great is God’s faithfulness!

As the church continued to grow, additional fruit-bearing Auxiliaries; Committees, Departments and Ministries were formed:

Auxiliaries:  Brotherhood, Ushers and Greeters and Women of Faith;

Committees
include:  Anniversary Committee, Care Partners Committee, Church Council, Communication, Decoration Committee, Fellowship, Finance, Food Service Committee, Historian, Newsletter Committee; Red Carpet (Marketing Sub-ministry);  and Pastoral Care Committee.

Departments
include:  Education – Baptist Training Union, Bible Study, Children’s Church; G.I.F.T. Academy and Sunday School; Music Department includes: The Music Department includes Mass Choir, Women’s Chorus, Male Chorus, Young Adult Choir, Youth Choir, the Anointed Voices Praise Team and the Audio Visual Ministry.

Abiding Faith Ministries are comprised of:  AFEAT - Abiding Faith Evangelistic Action Team (7 sub-ministries); Brotherhood; Christian Challengers'; Deacon's and Deaconess; Drama; Expression of Love; Health & Wellness Initiative; Marriage, Marketing, Photography; Prayer, Security, Share Group Ministry; Sick & Shut-In, Singles, Sports, Tape, Transportation; University of Faith Ministry; Usher and Greeters, Web Ministry; Young at Heart Ministry.

The publication of our newsletter “The Abounding Word” created an avenue to keep the church informed and connected.

Share Groups, led by deacons and deaconesses, are means by which each member in our church experiences the love and support of the entire congregation.  These leaders assist the Pastor in ministering to the needs of members in their specific groups.

In 2008, according to the words of wisdom from our Pastor spoken on December 30, 1992 as he extended our purpose in our efforts to reach the lost: “God has given each born again believer spiritual gifts, talents and abilities that are needed by the Church.  For our church to function with maximum effectiveness, it is essential that each member uses his gifts, talents and abilities for the good of the body of Christ in our local church and the universal church as well”. And, as a result the Harvester’s Sunday School class, a 12-week evangelism course, was initiated.  This course of study prepares and equips Christians in ways that empower them to effectively work out the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ – “go, teach, constrain”—another of our purposes.

As of September 2008 our total membership was six-hundred and ten (610).  Praise God!

In 2009, two new ministries were added:  The Toynelle Bailey Scholarship Committee, and the Junior Drill Team. The Marketing Ministry was also reconstructed.  Twenty-five (25) Share groups are operational. And there are ten (10) associate ministers on our ministerial staff.

In 2010 forty-seven (47) new members united with us, including eleven (11) who were baptized.  Our total membership was 665.  Growth in both our spiritual and physical body keeps us moving forward to a more intimate relationship with the Almighty God.

In 2011, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, moving even further in realizing the “Serve” purpose, Pastor Morgan was lead to establish an additional ministry—Sick and Shut In, to assist him in nurturing, guiding and providing for the needs of the flock who are unable to (physically) worship with us.  Five (5) deacons were ordained and one (1) honorary was designated.  This year forty (40) new members were added.  Eleven (11) new converts were baptized.  Our total membership is 675.

These 19 years have truly been orchestrated and powered by God as we grow and become more like Christ! At every stage of our grace-filled journey and our physical church development, God continues to cultivate the spiritual body as well.

2012:  Listed in our purposes under Supportive Concerns, is Prayer.  It states that “prayer is imperative and that each member should develop intercessory prayer and continue to call on God for revival and evangelization . . . .”  With this concern in mind, a Prayer Life Sunday School Class was initiated. This class serves to teach the necessity and the power of prayer in a Christian’s life and the life of Abiding Faith!  From 2002-2007 and from 2010-September 2012, approximately 12,000 + meals have been served by the AFEAT Ministry. Annual Church Theme:  “One in Christ Jesus, Sanctified in Truth, “Igniting Hope”Members added: 35    Baptized: 10    Elders/Deacons 3; Associate Ministers: 10; Deacons: 27; Deaconess 26; Departments:  8; Committees: 12; Auxiliaries: 3; Ministries: 22.

On this special day, as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we rejoice and give praise to God for His bountiful blessings.  We share in our Pastor’s vision and goals of expanding our outreach efforts and as such, we continue to strive to live the creed of the five purposes of our church. Worship – Magnify His Name; Reach--Sharing the Gospel Message of Love; Teach - Equipping God’s People for Ministry; Grow - Developing Christians to Model His Character and Serve - Ministering to the Needs of the Community.

Today we remember the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future with greater expectations!!

 2013: Church Theme: “Comforting the People with His Word”

Anniversaries call for remembering. journey of faith, as a body of believers in Christ began 23 years ago.We stepped out on God's word and moved forward into God's divine destiny for Abiding Faith. , our faith was somewhat shaky, but God has blessed,and kept us, for His glory alone.  Anniversaries also call for honoring. , we thank God for all of our dedicated members who have been called home to be with the Lord.honor and praise God for Pastor Morgan, and all of our associate ministers and all of our present members for their commitment and to God and Abiding Faith.  Total membership today is 523. We had(18) new members to unite with Abiding Faith. Ten  (10) were baptized in 2015.To God be the Glory

So, as we honor and celebrate our God today, we want Him to know that we love Him, just because of who He is.We are so thankful and appreciate all that He has done for us in the past, God be the Glory!   Our adopted them for: 2015 - 2016 - “Run To Let Our Light Break Out Like The Dawn”

 

 

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