Riceville Mt. Olive Baptist Church

cover11ABOUT THE PASTOR

Pastor Terry E. Mackey was born in Memphis, Tennessee to his proud parents, Pastor Eugene and Dawn Mackey. He is a product of the Memphis City School System graduating from Whitehaven High School. While at Whitehaven, he served as President of his class for three consecutive years and Spiritual Chancellor for the Fellowship of Christian Students.

After graduating with the highest honors from Whitehaven, he attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Fisk, he was the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for two years, President of his class and crowned Mr. Fisk University.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Fisk University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. In May of 2007, he received the Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

Immediately following graduation, he became the Minister to Youth and Young Adults at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby.

During his life he has also received numerous awards in the field of oratory, of which some include:  The Prudential Spirit of Community Award; The NAACP Act-So National Oratorical Winner and The Alpha Phi Alpha National Oratorical Winner. He is married to his sweetheart, Lynn F. Mackey.

The golden text that serves as the impetus for his life is Matthew 6:33 which states: “But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added  unto you.”

CHURCH HISTORY

The Riceville Mount Olive Baptist Church was organized in a Brush Arbor on March 11, 1889, by the late Rev. John L. Lilly.  Its membership numbered eight.

On October 11, 1889, a developer by the name of John Ruby donated a site for the church and burial grounds on the back of Keegans Bayou.  After several meeting were held and many discussions, the late Jake Rice (longest community resident) decided who would become pastor and the people acted accordingly.  The Rev. John L. Lilly was called as pastor and the Church was name Riceville.  Rev. Lilly was successful in building the Church and served as pastor for twenty years until he departed this life, from labor to reward.

Rev. Lilly was succeeded by the late Rev. I. Griffin who stood on the walls for sixteen years.  In 1916, the Church was destroyed by a storm.  Rev. Griffin departed from life of service after having done much for the Church.

Rev. Lee Moton was called as interim pastor and served for one year.

Rev. J.C. Smith was elected and served three years.

The Rev. Earl W. King was called and served nearly three years.

Rev. King was succeeded by the late Rev. Morris Goodman, who served four years.

Rev. Goodman was succeed by the late Rev. D. Pope, who acted as interim pastor for one year.

The Rev. T. H. Shermann was called by the Church, and he came with the vision of a greater Riceville.  Under his leadership, 12 feet were added to the building and the Christian Union was organized, which is still a part of Riceville today.  After seven years of faithful leadership, Rev. Shermann resigned due to ill health.  In 1942, Rev. Travis Spiller was called.  He came with real courage and determination and began the task of building the membership.

The first of many major changes was the idea of having service every Sunday instead of customary second and fourth Sundays, as had been for the last fifty-three years.  In 1944, a new building 34’ X 70’ was erected by the Rev. C. H. Mitchell, the youngest son of the late Deacon John E. Mitchell.  After the Church building was paid for in 1947, the pastor saw a need for a cafeteria.  Rev. Mitchell worked at night to construct the cafeteria.  A two story building was erected and attached to the existing church building.  The cafeteria occupied the lower portion of the new building and upper portion was used for classrooms and other accommodations.

In 1953, Rev. T. E. Spiller resigned.  That same year, Rev. C. L. Miller was called and served for fourteen years before resigning in 1967.

In August of 1967, Rev. Joe D. Johnson, a spiritually lead gospel preacher of unusual discernment, was called as Pastor.  On July 4, 1968, the Church Building was destroyed by fire; and all was lost, except the Holy Bible. After the fire, Sunday Church services were held in the wooden frame house at the property on Riceville School Road (now known as 11231 South Gessner).

Under Rev. Joe Johnson’s leadership, a new building was erected.  The first Church services in the new sanctuary were held in May of 1971.  Through the help of the Lord, the balance on the church was paid in June of 1974.  In January 1975, a house was moved to the present site, remodeled, and named the Fellowship Hall.  These remodeling costs were paid off on April 24, 1978.

In July, 1981, a van was purchased; later that year a second van was purchased.

In 1983, the Church purchased property on South Breeze for parking accommodations.  That same year, the Church added 30 feet to the front of the sanctuary.  Property behind the existing church was acquired in 1985, because of the growing congregation.  Later that year a mobile building was placed on the site and is presently used for classrooms.

Due to continued growth, in July of 1986, the church acquired 9.983 acres on South Gessner on which to build a new church building.  On September 30, 1994, the Church purchased an additional 16.82 acres, and was blessed to pay the balance on this property in cash in 1996.

Through divine guidance, prayers and continued support, Pastor Johnson’s vision to build a bigger Riceville has become a reality. On December 8, 2002,  the new church building construction was completed. On December 22, 2002, the new edifice open it’s doors and held the first service under the guidance of Pastor Joe Johnson.

On November 21, 2010, Pastor Terry E. Mackey was installed as the 13th Pastor of Riceville Mt.Olive Baptist Church.  Pastor Mackey brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and spiritural acumen to Riceville.  We are excited about having him as our Pastor and “Moving from Impression to Impact”.

On June 28, 2014, Pastor Emeritus Joe Dean Johnson departed this earthly realm. He was 84.

Pastor Emeritus Joe Dean Johnson served as pastor at one church during his ministerial career-42 Years as pastor of Riceville Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

He was called to pastor Riceville in August 1967 and retired as Pastor Emeritus September 2009.

He passed the mantle of pastoring the church to Pastor Terry Eugene Mackey.

The Church meets at 11539 South Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77071.

Service times are as follows:

8:00am | Early Morning Worship Service

9:45am | Sunday School

11:00am | Morning Worship

To contact the church call: 713-778-0992 – for the South Campus and 713-774-4880 –  for the North Campus.

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