The Rev. Robert Jefferson, longtime community voice, dies at 70
The Community Memorial and Funeral services to honor and celebrate the life of Bishop Robert Jefferson will be held as follows below and I personally ask you to attend if at all possible, to show our love and respect for his decades of service to his family, his church, the body of Christ and the community at large. We specifically extend the invitation to our suburban and outlying community pastors to again show that the ecclesia has no boundaries, no “wards”, no districts and no limits.
We would love for his and the Cullen MBC church family to be astounded at the number of pastors from around the community who come and express our love and our commitment to carry on all that Robert Jefferson stood for. As I wrote earlier his love of God, his love of people, his love of righteousness and his passion to change lives in Jesus’ name reflect the essence of the “whole” gospel. This is a John 17 moment – let’s make it a community and kingdom shaking moment!
SPECIAL GIFT REQUEST: There will be extensive demands on the resources of the church to accomodate the scope of services and logistics for a community event, so we are again urging churches and individuals to consider a special gift to Cullen MBC to alleviate the burden of these costs. Checks can be made out to the church and mailed to the address below. Thank you!
Wake/Memorial Service –
Friday, June 29
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Funeral/Internment Service –
Saturday, June 30
PLACE: Cullen Missionary Baptist Church
13233 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77047
Memorial Service to be Friday, June 29 @7:00 PM – location TBD http://www.chron.com/default/article/The-Rev-Rober… by Jennifer Radcliffe, Houston Chronicle
The Rev. Robert Jefferson, a champion for underdogs inHouston’s criminal justice system, schools and communities, died Thursday. He was 70.
Jefferson served as the founding pastor of CullenMissionaryBaptist Church and was a leader ofHouston’s Ministers Against Crime, a group whose 160 or so members work to address inequities and civil rights issues across the city.
In recent months, the Louisiananative spoke out against the videotaped police beating of Chad Holley, a teenage burglary suspect. He also criticized sending indigent defendants to county jail for long periods before allowing them to contest their charges in court.
“He had a real passion to fight for those who could not fight for themselves and speak for those who didn’t have a voice to speak for themselves,” said the Rev. D.Z. Cofield, senior pastor ofGoodHopeMissionaryBaptistChurch.
Jefferson was ordained in Houstonin 1976 and founded CullenMissionaryBaptistChurchin 1977. That same year, Houstonministers united after the drowning of Joe Campos Torres, aVietnam veteran who was handcuffed and thrown into Buffalo Bayou byHouston police officers.
Jefferson served as projects coordinator of the ministers’ group and was among those who returned their city-issued identification badges in May afterHoustonofficials prohibited the group from speaking out against them.
“I quit because I’m going to be free to say what God tells me to do,” he recently told the Chronicle.