Meet our Pastor!
Bobby Ray Morgan serves as founding pastor of The Abiding Faith Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas. He is a native “Dallasonion”, and holds a BS Degree from the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas. He served in the United States Marine Corps receiving an Honorable Discharge.
Pastor Morgan was called to the ministry in 1973, preached his first sermon in 1973, and began Pastoring in1974. He has held positions at Lee Spring Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas and Briarchase Baptist Church, Missouri City, Texas. During his leadership at Briarchase, the church grew from 50 members to well over 1000.
Abiding Faith began in 1992, with 93 members and now embraces hundreds of families coming together in worship and praise to a Mighty God! When those 93 faithful members joined with him in October 18, 1992, at Briargate Elementary School, who would have thought the Lord would lead Him to such a great ministry as Abiding Faith Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas! But, He did!
In October, 1992, Pastor Morgan became Founding Pastor of Abiding Faith Baptist Church. Since its inception, God well over thousands (currently active 697), have received the right hand of fellowship into the membership. Of these, 8 ministers have accepted their calling under his leadership and currently10 ministers serve under his guidance.
Pastor Morgan is blessed and anointed by God to lead Abiding Faith to become a community of believers who strive to fulfill The Great Commission – preach, teach and lead lost souls to Christ. He is endowed with many talents and gifts that accentuate his ministry and he uses each one to the utmost as he strives to carry out the divine purpose of Christ. He is tenacious in his teaching, devout in his living; and uncompromising in his preaching.
Pastor Morgan was married 46 years, to Sylvia Harlan Morgan (deceased), his elementary school “sweetheart,” and they have three very loving and supportive children, Sammie, Nicole and Robert (recently, himself, called into the ministry); two grandchildren, T’Nese and Timothy and one great-grand.
First Lady Sylvia Harlan Morgan
November 5, 1948-December 16, 2018
Sylvia (Harlan) Morgan was born to William Harlan, Jr., and Elmyra Harlan in Dallas, Texas. She was the first of eight (8) children born into this union.
Sylvia excelled in academics, graduated with honors, and was awarded a scholarship at graduation from high school. She attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Sylvia was an advocate for education and higher learning.
Baptised by her grandfather after accepting Christ at an early age, Sylvia was a faithful member of her church as she sang in the choir and actively participated in other activities. Church is where she met Bobby R. Morgan, and after years of Bobby's pursuing, she accepted his proposal of marriage. They were married February 5, 1972, and moved to Houston, Texas. To this union was born Sammie, Nicole, and Robert.
Sylvia was deeply dedicated to her church and her family. She worked at Texas Department of Human Resources in several capacities for over twenty-five years; including a position with the Child Care Licensing Division. Sylvia enjoyed working with and helping people. Upon her retirement, she earned a Master of Education in Counseling degree from the University of Houston, with a plan to become a licensed family therapist. Sylvia was the President of the Deaconess Ministry, a supporter of the Women of Faith Auxiliary and Chorus, and the Sunday School, and served faithfully as her health permitted.
Sylvia leaves her husband of over 46 years, Pastor Bobby R. Morgan; Mother, Elmyra Harlan Bynum; sons, Sammie (Toni), and Rev. Robert (Steffanie), and daughter, Nicole; two brothers, 2 sisters, 4 sisters-in-law, 2 uncles, and 2 aunts; one granddaughter, one grandson, one great grandson; and innurable other relatives, church family and friends, who cherish her memory.