Pastor Houston

Robert Earl Houston, 59, is the pastor of the Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church of St. Louis, Missouri. He is married to the former Jessica Georgette (Anderson) Houston of Sacramento, California, celebrating 15 years of marriage in 2020. He is the son of the late Naomi and the late Minister Phene Houston, both of Portland, Oregon by way of Jonesboro (Saline), Louisiana.

Pastor Houston is a native of Portland.  He matriculated through the Portland Public School system and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mt. Carmel Theological Seminary of Fresno, California. He’s studied at Portland State University, Multnomah School of the Bible, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Golden Gate Theological Seminary, Cuyamaca Community College and is currently enrolled in the Master’s program at Andersonville Theological Seminary.

Pastor Houston began his journey with the Lord at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, the late Rev. Sylvester McCullumn, Pastor, where he participated in the youth department activities and was baptized in 1972. He was led to the Lord at a Bible Camp in 1976 by Rev. Bruce Andrews. It was there he surrendered his life to Christ. In 1976 he united with New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. A. Bernard Devers, I, Pastor.

During high school, he excelled on the Speech/Debate Team, Journalism (newspaper, yearbook, and Time-Out Sports magazine) and was a radio sports announcer (football, basketball) for Radio Station KBPS 1450 AM.

Pastor Houston began playing the organ in 1977 and then in December of that same year, he was called to preach the Gospel. Pastor Houston preached his first sermon on April 30, 1978, and licensed to preach by New Hope and Pastor Devers in September 1979. He served as Co-Interim Pastor of New Hope in 1984 and was ordained in December under Pastor Johnny Pack, IV, whom he assisted in the planting of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, and served briefly as Acting Pastor during the Pastor's hospitalization.

He has served as Pastor of the Greater St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, Portland, OR (1989-1991); Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Fresno, CA (1991-1995); New Hope Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, San Diego, CA (1995-2004); (Assistant Pastor) Westwood Baptist Church, University Center, Nashville, TN (2005-2009); and First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY (2009-2017).

On November 18, 2017, he was called to the pastorate of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church. He began his duties there on December 4, 2017. As Pastor Houston says, “The Lord is kind…” Under his leadership the Lord has blessed Mercy Seat. He hit the ground running, day one, in ministering to the needs of the flock. He has instituted a Wednesday afternooon prayer service, the Angel Choir, overseen the installation of a new sound system and video screens in the sanctuary, representated the church at District, State and National meetings; Instituted a Super Bowl Party, Marriage Seminar, and continued to build on the solid foundation left by Pastors Roosevelt and James Brown. In 2020 he along with Mercy Seat will be hosting the annual session of Berean Missionary Baptist District Association.

He is presently the organist and Chairman of the City Wide Revival of the Missionary Baptist Ministers Union of St. Louis; First Vice President of the Congress on Christian Education of the Berean Missionary Baptist District Association;  Technology Leader of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri; and member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated.

In addition he is a member (and past New Music Seminar and Mass Choir devotional leader) of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and is a member of the St. Louis Gospel Choral Union (Dorsey Convention).

Pastor Houston has preached across the United States inclusive of Churches, State Conventions, District Associations, District Congresses, State Congresses, National Congresses, and other fellowships. In addition, he was quoted in several periodicals and online web magazines including the Morehouse School of Religion and was recently quoted by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx.) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as she gave tribute to the late Dr. A. Louis Patterson, Jr.

He has been honored with the Key to the City of Fresno, California; honored with a "Robert Earl Houston" Day and "Pastor of the Year" in San Diego; named as a "Kentucky Colonel" and "Arkansas Traveler."

Denominational work has always been important to him and in the 40 years plus of serving God, he has held various positions including: Vice Moderator, State President, General Secretary of two District Association, Ministers Conference Chairman, Editor and Chairman of the American Baptist newspaper.

In addition Pastor Houston served as the following:
– Creator/Writer for “The Wire” blog at
– Contributing Writer for
- Contributing Writer for 
– Contributing Writer for “The Bishop” Online Magazine.
– Author of “See You In The Morning” a collection of funeral sermons preached from the pulpit of First Baptist Church, available via Amazon, Kindle and iBooks.

By the way, he and Jessica have one cat – “Coco” that was adopted from Lexington, Kentucky from an animal shelter.