Pastor Larry Charles Baker, Jr.
33 years… “And still I cannot get over Him”… says smiling
Pastor Larry C. Baker of Sheepfold Church. “God has anointed me for this!”
Pastor Baker, a native of Beaumont, Texas, an ordained Elder, accepted the pastorate at Sheepfold Church in 1982, where, after nearly 33 years as the pastor and nearly 40 years in ministry, he continues to preach the Word with intensity and without compromise. Prior to accepting the call to Sheepfold Church, Pastor Baker served faithfully at Williams Temple
COGIC under the leadership of Bishop Robert Earl Woodard, Sr. While there he was
appointed Chairman of the Ministers’ Board. Despite being in his early 20’s, Pastor Baker
served with distinction.
Prior to his journey as a shepherd, Pastor Baker attended Saints Academy in Lexington, Mississippi, did biblical studies at C H Mason Bible College while attending Texas Southern University. He graduated from Texas Southern University with a major in Biology, and a double minor in Chemistry and Math. His course of study provided him an opportunity to be employed by Dow Chemicals USA for two (2) years and the City of Houston for nineteen (19) years. While at the City, Pastor Baker earned the reputation of being able to work effectively with difficult people with whom no one else could or wanted to work. He was responsible for the procurement and expenditure of millions of dollars annually. He supervised the City of Houston Wastewater Pollution Control Sampling Group reporting analytical results to both Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pastor Baker held several different offices as he transitioned in ministry. He served as Sunday School Superintendent of the North Houston District, State Program Chairman, Assistant State Sunday School Superintendent, and State Sunday School Superintendent for TSE#1. He was the leader, as well as the organizer, and Chairman of the first AIM (Auxiliaries in Ministry) in TSE#1—a position he willingly gave up in obedience to God’s call to build Him a sanctuary, which was completed in 2005 in spite of opposition and distractions.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards: 3 Certificates of Congressional Recognition from the U. S. House of Representative, Sheila Jackson Lee (two awarded for “Bettering Society”); a Certificate of Recognition from Governor Rick Perry of the State of Texas for making a profound difference in the lives of neighbors impacted by indescribable tragedy; Certificates of Appreciation from The State of Texas, State Senator Rodney Ellis for being a Noteworthy Pastor and an award from The State of Texas Commissioning him as a Senior Religious Advisor; an Award from Mayor Bill White, former Mayor of The City of Houston; Certificate of Recognition from Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee for dedicated involvement and outstanding contributions; Commendation for Leadership and Dedication to all Houstonians and Recognition Certificates from Six (6) City Council Members, “Servant Leader” from Carol Alvarado Council Member District I, “Dedication to the City of Houston” from Ada Edwards City Council Member District D, “Leading By Example” from Jarvis Johnson Council Member District B, Certificate of Recognition from Adrian Garcia Council Member District H for making a difference in the lives of so many others and services and commitment provided during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Certificate of Recognition at the “Afternoon of Gratitude for Noteworthy Pastors” from Council Member M. J. Khan, a Certificate of Recognition for his “contribution to Sheepfold Church of God in Christ church family and his public service to the community” from Sue Lovell City Council Member At-Large, Position 2; and commendations from the City of Houston, Chief of Police, Harold L. Hurtt for being a community leader who supports those in law enforcement.
Pastor Baker’s ministry can be likened to that of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. When you talk to Pastor Baker about ministry, his entire being is electrified as he transfers his excitement about the vision that God is gradually unfolding to him about the future of the church.
Pastor Baker married Terrye Faye Washington in 1980. And the Lord gave them two choice blessings Larry Charles III, and Virginia Sidney Delores in spite of doctors’ reports that they would never have children. Pastor Larry Baker and District Missionary Terrye Baker have been serving together in ministry for 33 years.