4216 Avenue M
Fort Worth, TX 76105
(817) 536-5461

Rising Star Baptist Church

One Team, One Dream

Staff


Rev. Ralph W. Emerson, Jr.

Senior Pastor/Teacher

(817) 536-5461 ext 17

rev.ralph.emerson@risingstarbc.org

Reverend Ralph W. Emerson, Jr. was called to preach in June 1978 and was ordained in December 1979. He became the Assistant Pastor of RSBC in 1989. After only one year, he was called to be the Senior Pastor in June 1990. Rev. Emerson has led the church from 200 members to approximately 3,000 at present. To address this increased attendance he instituted 8:00 A.M services in 1992.


Rev. Emerson has four degrees including an Associate of Arts in Recreation Administration from Contra Costa College (1963), a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration from San Jose State University (1968), a Master of Public  Administration from California State University-Hayward (1980), and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and Biola College (1982).


He has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including  the United Way, Aids Outreach, Red Cross, and the Food Bank.  He currently serves as Chairperson for John Peter Smith Pastor’s Council and Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies- Healthy Community (H3), Board Chairman of John Peter Smith Board of Managers, and a member of the University of North Texas  Health Science Center Dean Steering Committee.


Pastor Emerson worked for the cities of Compton, Houston, and Fort Worth. Prior to pastoring Rising Star, he was an active member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Los Angeles and New Faith Baptist Church in Houston where he led various ministries including young adults and youth, and marriage counseling and bible study respectively.


He has been married to Gladys Emerson, Vice President of Continuing Education at Tarrant County College-South Campus, for 35 years. They have been blessed with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.


Octavia Edwards

Administrative Assistant to Pastor

(817) 536-5461 ext 17

oedwards30@risingstarbc.org  


Wanda Kendrix

Business Manager

(817) 536-5461 ext 15

wanda.kendrix@risingstarbc.org

Sis. Kendrix is a very vital part of this church organization. As Business Manager, she is responsible for everything from Payroll to Accounts Payable and all points in between. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration.  Sis. Kendrix has been a faithful employee of RSBC for 19 years and a member for 29 years.



Rev. Antoine Washington

Youth Pastor

(817) 536-5461 ext 18

antoine.washington@risingstarbc.org


Rev. Washington serves as the Youth Pastor, mentoring and helping our youth develop a personal relationship with God.  He was called to preach the gospel in 2003 and was ordained in 2005. He has been a member of the church for 37 years




Rev. Gene Peyton

Director of Men's Ministry

gene_peyton@yahoo.com





Cheryl Lee

Church Secretary

(817) 536-5461 ext 14

cheryl.lee@risingstarbc.org

Sis. Lee is responsible for coordinating all church events and maintaining all church membership information, and has been employed with the church for 26 years. She has been married for 39 years to Deacon James “Mighty” Lee and mother of 3: Jovan, Justin, and Candice. She currently serves in eight active ministries.




Rev. LaDelle Walker

Director of Music

ladellewalker@gmail.com





LaFonda Williams

Director of Dance Ministry

lafondaw@netzero.com




Rev. Kevin Barbour

Director of Recreation/Building Maintenance

(817) 536-5461 ext 13

kevin.barbour@risingstarbc.org


Rev. Barbour takes care of the upkeep and maintenance of the church and runs the recreation ministry.  He was called to preach the gospel in 1998 and was ordained in 2005.  Rev. Barbour has been a member of RSBC for 24 years and an employee for 14 years.


Cynthia Melvin

Director of Housekeeping