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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.