Pastor Roderick Dawson

"a picture of Pastor Roderick Dawson of St. Paul A.M.E. Church"On November 15, 1997, Bishop John R. Bryant appointed Rev. Roderick D. Dawson as the thirty fourth pastor of the Historical St Paul AME Church, Houston. Pastor Dawson is married to Stacey Lynn Pryor. They have two sons, Marsalis and Madison. He, First Lady Stacey Dawson, and family have been a blessing to the St. Paul Church family. The Dawson family has been formidable in attaining St. Paul’s vision for God’s people.

Roderick D. Dawson is a native of Houston, Texas. He attended and graduated from Waltrip High School. Pastor Dawson received his undergraduate degree from Texas Southern University. Pastor Dawson also attended the Houston School of Theology.

In 1998, Pastor Dawson was instrumental in the establishment of the St Paul A.M.E. Church Community Development Corporation. In June of 2000, a community growth and expansion study of the First Ward led to a transitional move. In June 2001, relocation was completed to the Greenspoint area, a North Suburb of Houston. Under Reverend Dawson’s leadership St Paul and its community projects began their grounding within the new community through Thomas Gray Elementary in the Aldine School District. In June 2002, St Paul opened a new worship center, day care facility and community project offices at its current location, 1554 Gears Road Houston. In the following years, God blessed St Paul with membership growth. This growth and community interaction lead Rev. Dawson’s vision of another community facility. In 2012 the St Paul Multi-purpose Facility was completed. The St Paul Multi-Purpose Facility holds a gym, offices and Day Care. During the devastating Harvey Hurricane in Houston, St Paul provided the community a Relief Location with supplies for those needing help.

After 20 years, Rev. Dawson continues to lead the St Paul family with the love of Jesus. His motto is “Good is not Good Enough when Excellence is Required”.

Church History

"a picture of an African American family walking into St. Paul A.M.E. Church"St.Paul A.M.E. Church has over 148 years of service to Houston’s faith community. St. Paul was founded in 1869 as the first African Methodist Episcopal church in Houston. The church was named in honor of St. Paul. He was among the first freed black people. The first worship services were held under the leafy shade of an arbor.

The founding pastor, Reverend David Wren, was accompanied by two families. The founding families were the Richard Brock and Henry Fields families.


Mult-Purpose Building

"a picture of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Greenspoint Multi-Purpose-Building'Under Pastor Roderick Dawson’s leadership St. Paul A.M.E. has developed into a pillar in the Greenspoint community. The church goal is to eradicate social injustice and rebuild broken lives by actively encouraging involvement. St. Paul also strives to develop projects that meet the needs of the community. The completion of the 30,000 square foot Multi-Purpose Building concluded in 2012. The expansion includes a daycare, gymnasium, classrooms and commercial kitchen. The building has and will continue to host church functions as well as community activities.