About Seventh-day Adventists
As Adventists we believe a Trinity of three persons -the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit- make up one God. The Trinity made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything --the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us-- is a part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.
For more information, please visit the official site of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain Fundamental Beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.
These beliefs constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture.
- The Holy Scriptures
- The Trinity
- The Father
- The Son
- The Holy Spirit
- The Nature of Humanity
- The Great Controversy
- The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ
- The Experience of Salvation
- Growing in Christ
- The Church
- The Remnant and Its Mission
- Unity in the Body of Christ
- The Lord's Supper
- Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
- The Gift of Prophecy
- The Law of God
- The Sabbath
- Christian Behavior
- Marriage and the Family
- Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
- The Second Coming of Christ
- Death and Resurrection
- The Millennium and the End of Sin
- The New Earth
The Fondren Seventh-day Adventist church began in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. David Hines. The initial church did not start out as Fondren, but transitioned from Linkwood Drive, to Hiram Clarke in 1982 and then to Bellaire Blvd, where the true fondation of the congregation having their own edifice was established. The current location on the corner of Fondren and Fuqua was purchased in the early 1990's, officially becoming the Fondren Southwest Worship Center and the membership actually began worshipping in their own buildling. The initial buidling consisted of a multi-purpose center which served the needs of the congregation for worship, as well as included an area where the Excel Adventist Academy was established. As the congregation continued to grow and flourish, the need for a larger place for worship was led by the continued Pastoral leadership, with the current edifice that houses the sanctuary and several classrooms and office space being officially opened in March 2010. It was at that time the church name was changed to the Fondren Seventh-day Adventist church, the place where the S-O-N always shines
Meet Our Pastors
Pastor Dr. Gordon S. Jones
Dr. Jones is a Pastor driven by a vision to improve and enhance ministry. He has served as a teacher, adjunct lecturer, Youth Ministries Director, Religious Liberty Director, Ministerial Secretary and Evangelism Director. As a member of several committees and institutional boards, he has found blessings and a sense of significance in the contributions he has made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and his community. It has been his unceasing prayer that his contributions be made only through the leading of the Lord in his life and in his ministry. This conviction has been bolstered by his daily prayer: “Come, Holy Spirit, demonstrate your Pentecostal power again, that my feeble faith might rest in Christ and Him crucified and not in my puny attempts at wisdom and persuasion. Help me to change lives through my daily ministry and begin right here with me!”
Dr. Jones, through his ministry, has changed the lives of many by preaching the word of God with such clarity, conviction, and authority. Dr. Jones is married to his college sweetheart, Wendy Ratteray and together they have served the Lord faithfully. Their happy union has resulted in the blessing of two beautiful children, Tia-Ashley and Zane-Bernard.
Pastor Michelle Mota
Michelle Mota is the Assistant Pastor of the Fondren Seventh-day Adventist Church. Michelle Mota was born into the Pastoral family of Kircio and Loida Mota in Bronx, New York. She has two older siblings, Kircio Jr., a pastor with the Georgia-Cumberland conference and Omri, who studied theology and has worked as a Pastor in the Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She was baptized by her father at an early age, and has felt the calling to ministry since then.
Pastor Mota has held many job titles inside and outside of the church, including fitness coach, auditor, and even legal secretary. Of the many positions Pastor Mota has held witin the church throughout they years, the one she is most proud of is being the first female Pastor in the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Pastor Mota graduated with a B.B.A. in Accounting from Southwestern Adventist University, and obtained her Masters in Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.
Pastor Mota is a leisure reader, an Apple enthusiast, and loves to explore the latest fashion trends! Pastor Mota is exceptionally passionate about ministry. Her Philosophy is: "Christ, and Christ alone." Pastor Mota truly believes in John 12:32, which states: "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."
Sharon Broome, Secretary
Church Office: 281-835-6216
Church Office: 281-835-6216