Dr. Elmo Johnson has been Pastor of Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church for 31 years; the church is located in the Historic 4th Ward of Houston, Texas.

Dr. Elmo Johnson is Director of Uplift 4th Ward a Community Development, he has built over a 100 homes for those with low to moderated income, these homes were made available to residents who never realistically expected to own a home; he also built a three-story apartment complex for senior citizens’ and Veterans.

Dr. Elmo Johnson has developed youth projects for children in Allen Parkway and Victory Place Housing communities; he provides activities and educational programs for boys and girls in the 4th Ward Community.

Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church has partnered with the nearby Gregory Lincoln Learning Center, a Houston Independent School District middle school of nearly 700 students.

Dr. Elmo Johnson has secured partnerships with Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, Lake land Baptist Church and Deer Park Baptist Church to provide tutors for these students.

Dr. Elmo Johnson has a vision of restoring Fourth Ward to a neighborhood of vitality and community.

He has made it his mission to revitalize one of Houston's most important historic neighborhoods, and along the way he is providing homes, friendship, and hope.




In 1994, Pastor August organized and founded Bethel Family Baptist Church along with his wife, three sons, and six committed adults. Today Bethel's Family serves over 3,300 families, through 50 different ministries. In 1997, he accepted a call to Sugar Creek Baptist Church to serve as their Pastor of Missions. In his 7 1/2 years of service, he lead Sugar Creek through the help of God to start 58 churches and partnered with 50 more in the greater metropolitan area of Houston. Pastor August has traveled to Kenya, Africa and Czech Republic, doing evangelism training, medical clinics, and developing church leadership teams. He attended Southwestern Theological Seminary in Houston and received Honorary Doctorates of Divinity from Saint Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida and Encourager Bible College & Seminary in India. He is a board member of the Baptist Church Loan Corporation. In 2002, he co-founded the "College Institute for Church Planters" in Baton Rouge, La.
In 2003, Pastor August started Bethel's Heavenly Hands Food Pantry and Clothing Center. Heavenly Hands is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has grown tremendously over the years and now serves over 6,000 people in the community per month.

In 2004, Pastor August came to Bethel's Family full-time and the ministry flourished under his leadership and faithfulness to God Almighty. In 2006, his care and concern for families in the surrounding communities compelled him to create Bethel's Place. Bethel's Place is a separate 501(c)3 Community Development and Empowerment Center that serves over 500 people a week. In 2009, he launched the Young Men Development Initiative, Inc; a separate 501(c)3 organization that mentors and develops young boys ages 4-15. In August 2010, he opened the doors to Bethel's Christian Academy offering a viable faith-based learning environment to young families in the community for teaching and developing their children. Pastor August is married to his wife of 25 years Ruby and they have three sons and three grandchildren.

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