Kudos to Beyoncé Knowles for donating seven million dollars to her Houston Church home, St. John Downtown and pastor, Rev. Rudy Rasmus.
Pastor Rasmus said that Beyoncé, has been a member of the church since childhood and that she has never left her church home. Because of her generosity over the years, Beyonce has helped the church touch the lives of many men and women by offering them affordable housing.
“She is an incredible human being. Has an incredible heart and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here. She has a global platform and is doing some amazing work and I’m glad she is a friend of mine.”
About the Pastors of St. Johns: (excerpt from church’s website)
Juanita Rasmus is a Spiritual Director with a desire to see a merger between the contemplative life and active life in society. Rudy Rasmus is an author, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s poorest citizens. Together they co-pastor the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston that began with 9 existing members in 1992. St. John’s has grown to over 9,000 members (30% were formerly homeless) in 21 years into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew.
The Rasmus’ attribute the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. A recent in-house poll revealed the number one reason people attend St. John’s is because they can “feel the love” from the parking lot to the pew.