Over two decades ago, Dr. Elmo Johnson, pastor of Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, had a vision of restoring Houston’s Fourth Ward to a neighborhood of vitality and community. Once an affluent area, unforeseen growth turned the Fourth Ward into one of Houston’s most dilapidated neighborhoods, with almost 50% of its residents living below the poverty line in 1980.
For 24 years now, volunteers and corporate sponsors known as “Elmo’s Army” have been helping Dr. Johnson revitalize this historic African American neighborhood, providing hope along the way. Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church sits strategically in the middle of the small but mighty Fourth Ward community, and members host a wide variety of public outreach events each year.
These events are aimed at providing much-needed supplies, clothing and food for local residents. For instance, before the 2019 school year began, church members collected and distributed around 200 backpacks to students who otherwise would not have been able to afford them .
Dr. Johnson is one of many Texas Baptists church leaders doing great ministry within the African American community. Our church’s support of the Cooperative Program provides training and consultation for leaders in the African American church body. Let’s pray for Dr. Johnson and his remarkable ministry in Houston’s Fourth Ward.