History of the Houston Citywide Baptist Brotherhood Union
The Houston Citywide Baptist Brotherhood Union was first known as the Southern Zone of the State Laymen’s League. The first call for men came December 1, 1941, after the General Baptist Convention of Texas organized us as a convention. On December 10, 1941 we held our first inspirational meeting at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where Rev. R. T. Bingham served as Pastor. This was the same time the General Baptist Convention of Texas was entertained. There were six or seven churches represented at the meeting. It is well to note that Citywide Movement authorized by Rev. S. R. Prince, President of the General Baptist Convention of Texas under the supervision of the State Laymen League. Brother A. D. Pierrott of Jerusalem Baptist Church was appointed Zone Leader and Bro. Ira Clark of St. John Baptist Church on Dowling was elected as the first President. In January 1942, President Clark saw the necessity of a citywide movement of Laymen to supplement the work of the State and National Brotherhoods. A meeting composed of the key men of the local churches was called at St. John Baptist Church on Dowling Street. It was at this meeting that the Houston Citywide Laymen League was organized. It adopted the same purpose as that of the state Laymen League, namely: to enlist all men to support the whole program of the Church.
Bro. Ira Clark appointed his cabinet which consisted of Bro. Homer Scott, Jordan Grove, Vice President, Bro. Lester Hurks, Greater Mt. Olive, Vice President, Bro. J. L. Hardman, Damascus, Secretary, Bro. W.L. Rodgers, Ross Hill, Treasurer, Bro. F.D. Dinkins, St. John on Dowling, Teacher, Bro. Abe Maiden, Jerusalem, President of President’s Council, Bro. John Henry Davis, St. John on Gray, Vice President of President’s Council, Bro. Grover Norman, Progressive New Hope, Secretary of President’s Council and Bro. J. B. Bledsoe, Jerusalem, Asst. Secretary of President Council. Due to a misunderstanding in 1943, the Citywide Unions was ordered by the State Convention to disband and were forbidden to collect money from any source. However, soon after that President G. L. Prince of the National Baptist Convention authorized the setting up of the Citywide Unions responsible to the National Baptist Brotherhood Union.
From this small beginning, by the year 1955, Citywide Unions were organized in Ft. Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Beaumont, and in other cities and towns across Texas. Also, Brotherhoods have been organized in New Orleans, Kansas, Missouri, Chicago, Los Angles, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, New York, New Jersey, and cities all over America and the Bahamas.
The Houston Citywide Baptist Brotherhood has had five presidents. Ira Clark, Co- Presidents Homer Scott and Lester Hurks, Wendell Neal, President Emeritus Lewis B. Waddell, and the present co-presidents Le Roy Johnson and Woodrow Thomas. The Citywide has a rich history and has seen many men grow in the knowledge and saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Houston Citywide Baptist Brotherhood Union is a group of consecrated Christian men from different churches under girding all the programs of the Church and Denomination. Reaching out to our youth teaching them to study God’s word to help mold and shape them into vessels that God can use, encouraging fellowship with one another so they can be Godly leaders in their homes, communities, churches, and jobs.
The Biblical basis for the Brotherhood Union is found in the 18th Chapter of Exodus and the 6th Chapter of Acts.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that we are our brother's keeper. We believe in the truth of God's Word, the Bible. We believe that every Word in the Bible is true, that it is the inspired Word of God, and is the authority and standard for all issues of faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Romans 2:16; Psalm 119:9-11)
We believe there is one God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one. He is perfect in His many attributes of holiness, love, power, knowledge, justice, and mercy.
Teach the Word in the home, with a consecrated heart; Following in the footsteps of our Savior, Leading all men to God.
The Fourfold Purpose of the Brotherhood Union
1. To deepen the spirituality of men.
2. To promote religious intelligence
3. To cultivate Christian fellowship
4. To win the lost to Christ
The Policy of the Brotherhood
1. The regard & respect for leadership.
2. To under gird the whole program of the Church.
3. The respect for the rights of others.
4. The absolute duty of each brother to live a Christ like life.
5. The necessity of temperance.
6. The obligation of every brother to pay his tithes.
7. The right of each brother to use his talents and develop his faculties.
8. The indispensability of Bible study.
9. The Christian obligation to witness to the lost.
FIND YOUR FAITH
The Mission of the Houston Citywide Baptist Brotherhood Union and Women Uplift is to win the lost to Jesus Christ and strengthen them in Christian Faith. The objectives include winning souls to Christ through evangelism, mission, and education; developing a cadre of Christian Men and Women who are committed to training for leadership; the intense and in-depth recruitment of committed churchmen and church women who are willing to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ beyond the Church walls; studying of the Word, prayer, and special laymen's studies needed for nurturing of boys, young men, girls, and young women in the faith. Becoming
Bible teachers in the home and at Church; and demonstrating Christian conduct in speech and dress that will provide mature role models for young women and young men.