WHO WE ARE
ABOUT OUR BLUERIDGE CHURCH FAMILY
ABOUT OUR BLUERIDGE CHURCH FAMILY
Rev. Preston Edwards and Mrs. Cora Price founded Blueridge Methodist Church in January of 1955. The Gulf Coast Conference of the Board of Missions and Bishop W. J. King sent Rev. Preston Edwards to the Sunnyside area to seek the need for a Methodist Church. The first person he contacted was Mrs. Cora Price. The two went door to door seeking members for the charter. A required quota of 10 members was met. The first meeting was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. Johnson on February 4, 1955. Rev. George Buster Brannan was sent to Blueridge on March 14, 1955 to serve as pastor until the Annual Conference in May, at which time Rev. Hilton Huey was appointed pastor. In February of 1957, the Church at 9618 Chesterfield was completed. Rev. Huey served as pastor until his illness in 1966. Rev. Nathaniel McGinnis served for 10 months as an interim pastor. God has blessed us with many illustrious pastors who have guided the congregation through many and varied times. Times of success and advancement, times when economic situations pressed us to advance in the ways we wanted to and time when we just held on. It was under the leadership of Rev. Homer D. Williams, that the present edifice was built and the church relocated to 2929 Reed Rd. in May of 1993. Our current pastor, since July 2014, is Rev. Romonica Malone-Wardley.
Our Mission is to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Our Vision statement is to love God, to know God’s love and to share God’s love with our community and beyond.
Pastor Romonica grew up in San Augustine in East Texas. She received a Bachelor of Social Work from Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State) and a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary, at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. She was ordained an Elder in the Texas Annual Conference (TAC) in 2010. Romonica is blessed to have a wonderfully supportive family—teenage daughter, Maya, and husband, Julius, who is also an Elder in the TAC, serving in campus ministry at Texas Southern University. Pastor Romonica has served in several church settings—from older established churches to a new church start. Prior to being appointed to Blueridge in July 2014, she served as Associate Pastor of Westbury United Methodist for 7 years.
Romonica loves being a voice of encouragement, helping others realized they are beloved children of God who are worthy of God’s love.
Pastor Marquette joined the Blueridge Family in March 1982. She received her Master of Divinity from Houston Graduate School of Theology in 1997. She is a certified Anger Resolution Therapist and a member of the COVAC (Citizens Opposing Violence Through Anger Control). Under her leadership as president of the United Methodist Women, the Dorcas’ Clothes Closet was opened to serve the community with free clothing for men, women and children. Marquette has three adult children, and eleven grandchildren. She has written two grants and received monies to support the Kingsrow Apartment After School Program started in 1996 along with Gwendolyn Jones. She lives her favorite scripture from Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.” She gives God all the praise!
Rev. Claude Ruth has been a dedicated Youth Pastor For several years. When he’s not serving youth or spending time with family he’s working as a Senior Tax Analyst at Schlumberger. Reverend Claude is married to Roselynn Ruth and they have three children, Alexandria Ruth (15), Jennifer Ruth (9), and Claude III (2). Claude received his : B.S. in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University in 2001 , and received his Masters of Business Administration in 2004. Rev. Ruth served as a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Midway 4 Committee and Elementary Camp Director for Summer Camp at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center and as a Youth Pastor for several years. His hobbies include bowling, reading, and playing pool. His favorite scripture is : Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.
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