Prayer and Missions Outreach the Focus of African-American Fellowship of Texas Annual Meeting


The African-American Fellowship of Texas annual meeting and evangelism conference began with prayer and ended with communion, involved participants in missions outreach and focused on the theme, “Making Christ Known.”

Along the way, participants worshipped together, elected officers and honored churches that excelled in missions giving.

Ponce Brown, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church of El Paso, was re-elected as president.

A unifying experience

Brown characterized the meeting—held June 27-July 1 at Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony—as a unifying experience for the nearly 900 predominantly African-American congregations affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

“The conference was unique in that we began with a prayer vigil on the opening night. We had an awesome time in the very presence of the Lord,” Brown said. “The challenges of life in this world were answered as we were encouraged with the hope given in the ministry of the word of God.

“The impact of the conference was great in that its influence could be measured and felt on many levels. It certainly served to focus us for the many challenges which we face presently with the many tragic events taking place in our country and around the world.”

Other newly elected fellowship officers are Vice President Elmo Johnson, pastor of Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church in Houston; Treasurer Leonard Hornsby, executive pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield; and Secretary Michael Joseph, pastor of New Providence Baptist Church in Houston.

At the annual James W. Culp Banquet, four fellowship congregations were recognized as top-giving churches through Texas Baptists’ Cooperative Program unified budget—The Fort Bend Church in Sugar Land, Cornerstone Baptist Church of Killeen in Harker Heights, Community Missionary Baptist Church in DeSoto and Bethlehem Baptist Church of Mansfield. Oscar D. Epps Sr., pastor of Community Missionary Baptist Church of DeSoto, spoke at the banquet.

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SOURCE: The Baptist Standard
Based on reporting by Kalie Lowrie of Texas Baptists’ Communications.