We at Rising Star Baptist Church are happy
that you have chosen to visit with us today. We are honored
by your presence. We invite you and your family to come
worship with us in any and all of our services. As Pastor,
I am anxious to meet you. Please make yourself known to
me whenever you are visiting with Rising Star. We at Rising
Star want you to feel free to worship our Lord and Saviour
in the manner, which the Holy Spirit leads you to.
If you have not confessed Jesus Christ
as your Lord and Saviour, or if you are not a member of
any church, and you're looking for a church home, or if
you're in search for the TRUTH, then we encourage you
to make Rising Star Baptist Church a part of your dwelling
while pilgriming through this barren land.
Rising Star Baptist Church is a multi-ministry
church ready and willing to aide its members and others
in “DOING GOD’S WILL IN A MORE EXCELLENT WAY.”
Rev. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jr.
Reverend Ralph W. Emerson, Jr. was called to preach June,
1978 and was ordained in December 1979.
to pastor Rising Star Baptist Church in June, 1990. Has
led the church from approximately 200 members to approximately
3000 at present. Instituted 8:00 A.M. service to address
the increased attendance. Initiated many new ministries.
At present there are more than 20 ministries serving ministry
needs of the church and community.
Ralph Emerson leads a team of 9 full time staff and 7
part-time staff members.
Emerson combines his call to pastor with serving the call
in the community to move the Rising Star Church to one
of the leading innovative churches in the community.
of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary and Biloa College,
Master of Public Administration, California State University-Hayward,
B.A. in Recreation Administration, San Jose State, 1968
Associate of Arts in Recreation Administration, Contra
Costa College, 1963
Fort Worth Department of Parks and Recreation, 1987-91
Assistant Pastor Rising Star Baptist Church, 1989-90
Assistant Director of Facility and Field Operations
- City of Houston, 1986 - 87
Minister of Counseling and Marriage, Bible Study Instructor
- New Faith Baptist Church, Houston, 1986-1987
Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Service
- City of Compton, Calif., 1980-1986
Served as Minister for Young Adults, Youth, Children
- Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Los Angeles, CA
Married to Gladys Emerson, assistant dean continuing
3 children, 1 grandchild
Born in Minden, Louisiana
Reared in Northern California