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Morgan to deliver last regular sermon

Early runoff voting to begin Nov. 27

Atkinson holds 50th anniversary celebration

Pasadena ISD receives $1.5M grant

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Meador announces first honor, merit rolls

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Pasadena ISD intermediate cross-country includes locals

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Morgan to deliver last regular sermons
Sagemont senior pastor stepping down, as church searches for successor

Dr. John D. Morgan, senior pastor of Sagemont Church for 53 years, will deliver his last regularly scheduled sermons at the area church Sunday, Nov. 24, at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

“Fifty-three years ago, God led me to Sagemont Church and promised me if I would follow Him, He would allow me to witness His power and presence in a way that only a few have ever seen,” Morgan said this past June when he originally made the announcement that he would be stepping down, as the church undergoes a transition period, in which it selects a successor to lead the 21,000-member congregation.

In those 53 years, Sagemont Church has witnessed 18,060 baptisms and 20,208 professions of faith. Gifts throughout the debt-free church’s history have totaled $363,956,186 for ministry use locally and worldwide.

In a video shown to the church congregation in services on June 9, Morgan likened the coming transition to a baseball team, in which there comes a time where the starting pitcher hands off the pitching role to the bullpen.

During the transition period, a search team will be formed to find the next senior pastor of Sagemont Church. Meanwhile, Morgan will remain on staff as the founding pastor and will continue to preach in the 9:30 a.m. worship services on Sundays. He will also be leading “fund-lowering” efforts as the church prepares to build a new $12 million building for student ministry to replace facilities destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

In Morgan’s absence, Teaching Pastor Dr. Freeman Tomlin will now present Sagemont’s sermons in his place until a permanent replacement has been secured. The process could take up to a couple years, church officials said.
Morgan said that while the past 53 years have been great at Sagemont Church, the best is yet to come.

“Hats off to the past and coats off to the future,” Morgan said.

A 1959 Pasadena High School graduate, Morgan transformed the once-small Sagemont ministry into one of the largest and most influential faith institutions in the state.

Morgan’s father, Dr. L.D. Morgan, was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pasadena for more than 33 years. It was First Baptist that licensed and ordained John Morgan, as he continued his studies at Baylor University (B.A. 1963) and at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D. 1966). Post-graduate degrees include a Lit. D. degree from the California School of Theology (1982) and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Southwest Baptist University (1986).

In 1966, Morgan formed what would become Sagemont Church. His original congregation consisted of 16 members. That number has now grown to around 21,000.

Under Dr. Morgan’s direction, Sagemont has been a frequent partner with local schools and other entities and has served as a headquarters for the American Red Cross during storms and other emergencies, and has provided shelter for hundreds of families during times of need.

A massive expansion at Sagemont under Morgan’s direction included the installation of a 170-foot, 90-ton cross on the church’s property that is seen by more than 1,000,000 people each week. The expansion also included the construction of a new $29 million worship center and adult education facility.

Like all Sagemont projects, the new building was constructed debt-free.

Overall, Sagemont’s buildings and property are valued at more than $50 million.

Morgan has served on numerous boards ranging from the chairman of trustees at Houston Baptist University to president of the Texas Baptist Pastor’s Conference.

In 2005, Morgan was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and in 2013, he was named Pasadena Independent School District’s Distinguished Alumnus.

Morgan and his first wife, Beth Morgan, now deceased, have two sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren. Son, Sean Hunter Morgan, is married to Leslee Morgan, and son, Dean Fisher Morgan, is married to Tara Morgan. Sean and Leslee’s children are Max, Miles and Maris Morgan.

Following Beth Morgan’s death in June 2017, Morgan remarried, exchanging wedding vows with Kathie Reimer Oct. 13, 2018. Reimer is the widow of Dr. Jim Reimer, a former pastor.

Early runoff voting to begin Nov. 27

Early voting for the Dec. 14 City of Houston runoff elections will begin Wednesday, Nov. 27, and continue through Tuesday, Dec. 10.
In the race for mayor, incumbent Sylvester Turner will face challenger Tony Buzbee.

While Turner received significantly more votes than Buzbee in the general election, he failed to break the 50-perent threshold needed to secure victory. In the Nov. 5 contest, Turner received 47 percent of the vote (114,477 total votes) to Buzbee’s 28 percent (69,264).

A native Houstonian, Turner is running on his past record, which he touts as including his performance during Hurricane Harvey; saving the city from bankruptcy and fixing its pension crisis; and creating 100,000 new jobs.

A successful attorney and business owner, Buzbee contends he is running to end corruption and cronyism in the city – both of which he attributes to Turner.

Competing for the District D City Council seat being vacated by Dwight Boykins, who ran an unsuccessful bid for mayor, are Carolyn Shabazz and Brad “Scarface” Jordan.

In this month’s general election, Shabazz received 17 percent of the vote (3,892 votes), while Jordan received 15 percent (3,342 votes).

Shabazz is a member of the board of trustees at Houston Community College, while Jordan is a well-known local rapper.

South Belt residents will also have an opportunity to vote on multiple at-large City Council races, which are citywide positions.

Nearby early voting locations include the Harris County annex at 10851 Scarsdale and Beamer and the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in the Clear Lake area. There will be no early voting at the East Harris County Activity Center on Spencer Highway in Pasadena.

Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 7; 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10.

To see a complete list of polling locations or a sample ballot, visit

Atkinson holds 50th anniversary celebration

Dozens of current and former staff members and alumni celebrated the 50th anniversary of Atkinson Elementary at an event held at the area campus Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Named in honor of former Pasadena Independent School District board of trustee member Delbert E. Atkinson, Atkinson Elementary originally opened its doors in 1969.

To date, the campus has had only two principals, Hollis Powell, who served from 1969 to 1995; and Lena Ortiz, who served from 1995 until present. Each of the principals was in attendance at the 50th anniversary celebration.

Other notable attendees included Cyndi Atkinson Harrison, granddaughter of Delbert E. Atkinson; Beverly Simmamk, original Atkinson first-grade teacher; Diane Wheeler, former Atkinson teacher and assistant principal and current principal of Melillo Middle School; alumni Phil Sandlin, who now serves as Harris County Precinct 8 constable; and alumni Kenny Fernandez, who now serves as a Pasadena ISD trustee and the chairman of the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce.

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