Meyerland Area Democrats and Friends:
Our Monday January 19th meeting will feature Congressman Al Green and Bishop James Dixon II of the Northwest Community Baptist Church/The Community of Faith.
The recent murders of young men such as Eric Garner in New York, Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, and Treyvon Martin in Florida have prompted a bipartisan call for real changes in America. Both the Congressman and Bishop will have a real discussion with us on what needs to be done and how we can help effect such change.
More on our speakers:
Bishop James Dixon II was educated in Houston area public schools. Upon high school graduation, he was accepted and entered Houston Baptist University. He also attended Texas Southern University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oikodome College of Biblical Studies in 2003. James has studied extensively in pursuit of a Masters of Divinity Degree at Houston Graduate School of Theology.
When he answered the divine call to preach, he was only 15. In July, 1981, James Dixon, II was called to pastor the Greater Mount Pillow Missionary Baptist Church. The church was 109 and he was only 18 years old.
Due to rapid growth, in 1986, he successfully led the church to relocate to 1023 Pinemont Drive in northwest Houston. A new edifice was purchased for nearly 1 million dollars. The church's name was changed to Northwest Community Baptist Church/ The Community Of Faith — he was only 23 years old at the time. Amazing growth followed, and what began as a congregation of 150 became one of over 5,000.
Under his leadership, a 55-acre development, The Kingdomplex, has been accomplished; anchored by "The King of Queens" (1998)’s Dome, a worship, educational and multi-ministry facility. Also included are three subdivisions, an apartment complex, Dominion Plaza which is a 38,000 square ft. retail center and Dominion Park. For 25 years, the church has operated a private Christian school, Dominion Preparatory Academy.
In 2006, he was consecrated as the Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Builders Global Fellowship, which includes over 40 churches around the United States. He has led in extensive ministry in Uganda, East Africa. He is also an active member of Global United Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop Neil C. Ellis.
Bishop Dixon has an extensive background in community activism and leadership. He’s the founder of several organization and initiatives: Good Gang USA (1994), Be Your Brother’s Keeper, Not Your Brother’s Killer (2012), Harris County Council for A Safer County (2012), and Create A Safer Place For Me (2013).
He has authored several books: The Difference Is Vision; If God Is So Good, Why Are Blacks Doing So Bad?; Unleash Your Faith Unlock God's Power; and The Secret Of The Seed. He is an accomplished songwriter/ producer with published works that include: On Broken Pieces featuring Bishop Paul S. Morton; I Believe A Miracle featuring Shawn McLemore...
Former and present board positions include: United Way of Greater Houston; Metropolitan Transit Authority; Houston NAACP; and the Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of Samaritans Feet, Inc., an organization that has put over 3 million pairs of shoes on the feet of poor and bare feet children in 60 countries around the world.
Bishop Dixon II has received numerous awards from an array of public officials including U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Congressman Al Green, State Rep. Al Edwards, State Rep. Sylvester Turner and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. He has also been recognized by national organizations such as the N.A.A.C.P., Reverend Jesse Jackson & Rainbow P.U.S.H., and Reverend Al Sharpton & National Action Network.
For more on Bishop Dixon II go here:
Congressman Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives in 2013. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.
Congressman Al Green currently serves on the Financial Services Committee. He sits on two subcommittees: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit as well as Oversight and Investigations, where he holds the position of Ranking Member. Within the Democratic Party he holds the position of Assistant Whip. ...
For approximately ten years, Congressman Al Green served as president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under his leadership, the organization grew to unprecedented heights, increasing membership from a few hundred to many thousands, and the staff from one to more than ten.
For more on Congressman Green go here:
Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts PROMPTLY at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but attendees pay for their own food and drinks. We meet at Fadi’s Grill, 4738 Beechnut Houston Tx 77096!
See you there,
President, Meyerland Area Democrats
January 19, 2015 at 7pm