Month: March 2014

2nd Annual Market Place Business Seminar….

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I would like to thank you all for attending the 2nd Annual Market Place Ministry Business Seminar last Saturday, March 22. 2014.  This meeting showcased some extremely strong and powerful speakers and we were very fortunate and blessed to have them in with us.

I would like to thank our keynote speakers Michelle Hardin, our Branding expert and Atty.  Ugo Onwudiegwu, also a CPA for attending and opening our eyes to so many aspects of branding & protecting our business.  They presented us with a wealth of information that we will be able to use and prayerfully profit from moving forward. Please feel free to reach out to them at anytime.Business Ministry Seminar

I would also like to thank our surprise First Metropolitan members, Patrice & Jerome Simmons, who shared their testimony and secrets to starting their God given business, Comfort Care Assisted Living.

Please send me any ideas or suggestions that you have about future meetings & speakers that you would like to see presented by the MPM. Also, we would like to move forward in establishing an energetic group of MPM members who can continue to support this ministry with ideas and suggestions on expanding the ministry, so that it can empower & be a blessing to more First Metropolitan members and those in our community.

Email me your suggestions or Shannon Taylor and thank you again for attending.  Please stay tune for more information coming from the MPM on establishing a tool where all of our businesses can be shared in print or through electronic & social media.

Yours In Him,

Daniel Johnson

Houston 40 under 30 Highlights….

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First Met Congratulated Staff Member and Scribe Author La’Torria Lemon on being nominated one of Houston’s 40 under 30 to watch.
Nominated 40 Under 30 to Watch

Women at the Feet of Jesus Conference

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Come join us as we host our annual Women’s Conference at First Met. We have some dynamic speakers, performers, and guest. Friday, April 25th at 7pm we will have a live performance from national recording artist, Rhonda McLemore.



Guest Performer
Rhonda McLemore is an award-winning recording artist with a versatile vocal range, awesome vocal ability, and unique vocal style. She previously performed for a number of years with her husband, national recording artist Shawn McLemore. Her single, “Free Indeed,” has garnered national attention

Guest Speaker


Dr. Ruth Allen Ollison is a media personality at heart and has dedicated much of her professional career to radio and television. She has shown renowned strengths in news reporting, anchoring and management. After two decades in the broadcasting industry, Dr. Ollison landed in inner city Houston, where she bought a crack house in one of the most notorious areas of the city and started a ministry while earning a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Doctorate of Ministry (Spirituality and Transforming Community) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Currently, she manages several professional and personal commitments. She pastors Beulah Land Community Church. She is an adjunct professor at Houston Baptist University, Houston Graduate School of Theology and B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. She manages Mt. Eden Properties, a real estate investment firm, which enabled her to become financially prosperous. And, most importantly, Pastor Ruth enjoys her distinguished roles as wife to Quincy and mother to Jacob.

Saturday, April 26th starting at 8:00AM

Guest Speaker


Before her affluent life as an NFL wife, Dorothy Johnson Newton was raised in poverty by her mother and stepfather near New Orleans, the oldest girl of six children. Dorothy put herself through college on an athletic scholarship, so it is not surprising that she ended up the celebrity wife of a football star—but all that glittered was not gold.
From a young age she witnessed her stepfather physically and verbally abuse her mother—images that would haunt her for years. Though she promised herself that she would never be in such a marriage, like so many others, she repeated her mother’s pattern—her abuser just happened to be a loved celebrity—a Super Bowl NFL football champion with the Dallas Cowboys. Who would believe her even if she dared to reveal her painful secret?
Dorothy too excelled in sports, earning a volleyball scholarship to the University of Louisiana where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Business. She is an active member of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, a Christian speaker and Bible study leader who inspires women to cling to God and receive deliverance, healing, and restoration. She works with many organizations including Jack & Jill of America, SASO (Scholars & Athletes Serving Others) and Presbyterian Homeless Night Shelter.
Dorothy is the Practice Administrator for a health care organization, where she is pursuing her M.B.A. She is the proud mother of two boys, Nathaniel Newton III (Tre’), who is on an athletic scholarship at the University of Texas, and Nate King Newton. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as the former wife of retired Dallas Cowboy’s NFL player Nathaniel Newton, Jr.

Guest Speaker


Evangelist Cynthia Carter is one of the founders of Word Under The Stars Ministries, Inc. (WUTS Ministries) in Houston, TX. She is dispelling darkness in the remotest of places through outdoor evangelism and networking with neighborhoods, churches, schools, and businesses. Evangelist Carter works to bring restoration, healing, salvation, and deliverance to hurting and unsaved people through her writings and in conjunction with WUTS Ministries

Guest Speaker


Dr. Jinneh T. Dyson is an organizational consultant, life coach, author, mental health advocate, and a well-sought after speaker. Dr. Dyson is currently the Senior Manager for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She has worked in the capacities of child advocacy on both local and state levels, therapeutic foster care, child welfare, mental health, and public policy. Dr. Dyson has served as an Executive Director for NAMI on both the local and state levels.
Jinneh received a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Science from The University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Human Services specializing in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and is in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Management specializing in Non-profit Organizations. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys exercising, reading, mentoring youth and spending time with her favorite son, Josiah!


Guest Speaker


Pastor John Ogletree, Jr. is a native of Dallas, Texas. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1973 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1979.
He accepted the call into the gospel ministry in 1982. In 1985, he was ordained at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. He became the founding pastor of First Metropolitan Baptist Church in 1986. Pastor Ogletree provided leadership in the purchase of 25.2 acres of land along Beltway 8 in Northwest Houston.
He is a Trustee and serves as President on the Cy-Fair-Independent School District Board. Pastor Ogletree also currently serves as 2nd Vice President of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). His vision is a vast and divinely orchestrated by almighty God.

Conference Host


Dr. Evelyn L. Ogletree, Executive Pastor of First Metropolitan Church (Houston, TX), affectionately known as Lady O, was born in Tyler, Texas but grew up in Dallas. She has always had a close relationship with the Lord and a special anointing, which are revealed in her personal life, her ministry, and her ability to teach, preach, mentor, lead, counsel, and organize. God has graced her to reach women of all ages, stages, and races. She faithfully serves with her husband to lead the First Metropolitan Church family. Her joy is being married to her childhood sweetheart for 40 years, Pastor John D. Ogletree, Jr., raising 4 college graduates, who along with their spouses have blessed her with 11 grandchildren. Her ministry to her family has equipped her to speak to all issues of life!
In December of 2012, Lady O received her Doctorate Degree at Texas A&M University in Urban Education. Her dissertation researched the Voices of African American Female Pastors. She plans to write a book in the near future on female leadership in the church. Her education includes a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Prairie View A&M University and a Bachelor Degree from Texas Southern University. Lady O served as a school teacher and counselor for several school districts in the Houston metropolitan area for over 15 years. In 1999, she left public education for full time ministry.
Her leadership gifts led her to the position of Executive Pastor. As Executive Pastor, Lady O oversees the administrative and ministry operation of the church. She assists her husband in other pastoral duties as needed and seeks to foster unity, structure and excellence in the First Met Church Family. She also serves as Director of the Infant Development Center (IDC) and Christian Academy, where she directs quality Christian child care for children ages 6 weeks to five years of age, along with an after-school program.
The annual women’s conference Women at the Feet of Jesus was birthed through Lady O’s vision to help hurting women. This conference has been strategically designed to change the lives of women by addressing real life issues and providing real solutions they can understand and carry out. She also leads a Wednesday night Bible study and a Christian talk show entitled, His View. Each year she leads the women in planning the event and closes the conference with a special message from the Lord. Special emphasis is placed on transforming the lives of these women. She also ministers at other women’s conferences and has taught seminars on subjects such as Faith, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, Forgiveness, Moving beyond Your Past, Marriage and the Family, Child Rearing, and does personal consultations for Ministers’ and Pastors’ wives. Her gifting has taken her in minister in Brazil, Colombia and Kenya. Her mission in life is devoted to addressing issues concerning today’s woman in the U.S. and abroad.




The Boot; Hidden Treasures Revealed

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Lousianna Cullinary Insitutute
Louisiana Culinary Institute

Though Louisiana has been long associated with Mardi Gras and the recent lessons learned from Katrina; during the 2014 College Spring Break, many lessons were learned about the treasures of located in the state.   Though some believe its greatest treasures in casinos on both land and riverboats, 24 students discovered hidden gems in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Tuesday, the students began their journey with a tour of Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge.  Students were introduced to the culinary world and the development of the next culinary geniuses through interaction with factually and administration.  Students are taught how to work all 3 phases of the restaurant via the instruction of an instructor and hands on experience in an on campus dining hall.  The school was filled with modern technology, and uses a combination of training, creativity and competition to bring about the best in all that enter it’s walls with dreams of wearing a Toque.

Southern University Museum of Arts

The day continued with a trip to Louisiana State University (L.S.U.).  The grand campus of L.S.U. featured a tour arranged by faculty member Dr. Robinson.  Starting at the tour, students were given the history of LSU as well as insight on campus and student life via the experiences of an excellent guide.  The tour was topped by the input of Angelia, L.S.U. student and relative of tour participant Jayla, which gave insight on campus life, studies and the athletic atmosphere of the Tigers.  She  The rich tradition of L.S.U. was evident in every story and present in every step.  The facility was innovated with safe features as well, beautiful buildings, majestic landscape and an atmosphere for academia.

Jayla & Angelia Daniels
Jayla & Angelia Daniels

Later the students encountered the lively Southern University (S.U.).  Students on campus were eager to speak forth truths and share their school pride.  Students were able to see the football team, track team and the tennis team at practice for their respective seasons.  The highlights of the tour were the campus museum Southern University Museum of Arts (S.U.M.A.), Sorority and Fraternity plots, as well as 2 interviewed Law School Students.   The Museum featured African artworks and artifacts, that connected the past with the present, creating a sense of hope, purpose and family.

The night concluded with dining at the locally acclaimed Copeland’s of Baton Rouge (sister restaurant Copeland’s of Atlanta from the 2013 College Tour).  Copeland features fine cuisine, and an array of signature Cheesecakes.  All in attendance enjoyed the relaxed but somewhat upscale environment.



Pray – Give – Go; Haiti 2014

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 Haiti 2014 Mission Trip

The 2014 theme of First Met, The Place Where You Belong; Advance the Kingdom, will be fulfilled in a Summer Mission Trip to the Republic of Haiti.  Haiti, still suffering from the earthquake of 2010, currently receives assistance through the Baptist General Convention of Texas and We Care Haiti support “Over 60 organizations, most of them orphanages, receive clean water, superior nutrition, and regular healthcare…several construction projects are underway… building homes for the women and children left unsheltered. ” (Marla Bearden).

First Met, lead by Member and Missionary, Lynette Francois, is prepared to place its feet on the ground, and its hands in the dirt, to help rebuild Haiti.  The Missionary journey is scheduled from July 3rd to July the 10th, and will include an effort to Advance the Kingdom by ministering to malnourished and homeless citizens of the world by aiding in the building of homes, securing water sources and aqueducts as well as feeding the physical and spiritual body.  Those interested can attend the face to face meeting after the 10:45 worship service on Sunday, March 23rd, or via Webcam on Go to Meeting (Meeting Information found below).

The Baptist General Convention of Texas member, James Cundiff, volunteer and member of with Texas Baptist Men was one of the first responders to Haiti after the earthquake.  The desire to help, and a pricked heart, moved him to found, “We Care Haiti” to help in the effort to feed the many men and women that God would prepare and send to the site to share the light and love of Christ by rebuilding that which was torn down by the mighty quake.

GoToMeeting; March 23, 1 pm to 3 pm
Hatti Mission Trip 2014 Meeting

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First Met Highlights Jocelyn Afadapa….

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First Met highlights Teen Jocelyn Afadapa for being one of four students in Cypress Fairbanks I.S.D. to win the TASB Partners Scholarship…

“March 11, 2014—Cypress Ranch High School senior Jocelyn Afadapa was one of four high school students to earn a $1,000 scholarship as part of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Partners program.

Viola M. Garcia, immediate past president of the Texas Association of School Boards (right), presents the TASB Partners scholarship award to Cypress Ranch High School senior Jocelyn Afadapa.
Viola M. Garcia, immediate past president of the Texas Association of School Boards (right), presents the TASB Partners scholarship award to Cypress Ranch High School senior Jocelyn Afadapa.

As a winner, Afadapa was featured in a discussion panel held during the TASB Winter Governance and Legal Seminar, held Feb. 27-March 1 in Corpus Christi.”

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Couples Survey: Swing Dance

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At our post Valentine’s Day dinner and dance at Maggiano’s, we were entertained by North Side Swing Productions.  Our own Deacon Kevin and Deaconess Kim Fields have been trained in this exciting dance genre.  It teaches skills for couples on the dance floor and builds unity and closeness for them. Swing Dance

We have an opportunity to bring this to First Met.  The cost per couple is $10 per week.  There is no contract and sessions last 8-10 weeks.  None of the music that will be played or moves taught will be vulgar or offensive to our faith.

March Serving Opportunity

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Looking for an amazing way to give your time back to the community?

Come on out and volunteer at The Beacon with The Next Level Ministry.


WHO: You

WHAT: Community Service

WHERE: John  S. Dunn Center

1212 Prairie Street

Houston, TX 77002

WHEN: March 29, 2014

8:30 am -11:00 am

WHY: To give back to the community through volunteer work

If interested, please respond to this mail as the maximum participants allotted is 15

We look forward to serving with you!

Next Level Ministry