By Rebecca S. Jones
Photograph credit score: Priscilla Graham Images
HOUSTON – Proverbs 13:22a declares, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children…” Some fathers select to go away an inheritance of fabric wealth, some choose to go away none in any respect. Although not good, Pastor T. Leon Preston, II has strived to reside a life pleasing and honorable to God, whereas operating as a proud single father of fantastic sons and an exquisite daughter. As a father, the inheritance he has worked to go away his youngsters is way valuable than homes, land and riches. For the perfect inheritance he has to go away to his youngsters is displaying them by example, easy methods to safe their “soul salvation”. To that regard, his effective example of maintaining management, combined together with his dedication to fatherhood, is clear by means of the lifetime of his 25-year-old son, Jonathan.
The Preston’s: Like Father, Like Son
Shadowing the footsteps of his father, Rev. Jonathan Preston acquired a call to preach on the age of 15. Licensed to evangelise underneath the management of his father, he has turn into the Youth Pastor of Yale Road Missionary Baptist Church. Since serving on this capacity, Jonathan has been instrumental in renewing vitality amongst the youth of the congregation. With a robust concentrate on preserving the youth engaged, he religiously encourages them to participate, moderately than simply observe. During an interview he stated, “The elders have had time to play and dress things up and paint a picture as perfect. But this generation, we use our eyes to approach and confront situations and we are just going through the reality of it all. So, I think that’s where I pick up in ministry after following my dad. I want to be the vessel that merges every generation together, for one purpose – that is, to drive people to have a true and authentic relationship with God, so they may know him for themselves.”
Moreover, Jonathan believes and supports his father’s imaginative and prescient of preserving the church as a, “hub of many avenues of resources for the members and residents in the community”. Collectively, this Dynamic Duo strives to satisfy the wants of these within the congregation and the group. Except for serving together spiritually, the Preston’s serve collectively professionally. Jonathan is a Deputy for the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 1, the same precinct his father serves as Chaplain.
Jonathan is a graduate of Texas Southern University, a licensed journeyman plumber with the State of Texas and a successful entrepreneur.
Yale Road: A Beacon Mild within the Group
Pastor T. Leon Preston, II is the Senior Pastor of Yale Road Missionary Baptist Church, generally known as, “The Street” situated in Independence Heights. For many years, Yale Road has remained as a big beacon locally. Operating off of the assumption that, “a church should be vital in the community”; Yale Road has been trustworthy in partaking and assembly the wants of its’ members and those locally.
In past, Yale Road has been chargeable for feeding almost 300 families on a weekly basis by means of partnerships with local organizations throughout the town. On a number of occasions, the church has opened its doorways to offer Residence shopping for seminars for first time homebuyers. Being lively and proactive in its’ group, the church once led one of the largest voter registration drives within the city. Additionally, throughout Hurricane Harvey, the church donated over 100 mattresses to affected victims. To today, the Preston’s and Yale Road are still out locally, aiding members and residents who’ve yet to recuperate from the pure catastrophe.
About Pastor T. Leon Preston, II
Pastor T. Leon Preston, II has been the “sought after” sort since way back to start. He was born in Houston’s Fifth Ward to a teenage mother and was stolen as an toddler. He had been lacking for over a month, when he was discovered on Dowling Road in Third Ward, simply previous to being bought. Throughout a current interview, he jokingly implied he was from Eight Ward – combining his early experiences in each Fifth and Third Wards.
Shortly after his return from being kidnapped, his mom relented to the request of her Aunt who desired to boost young Preston as her personal. As such, he was reared in a single-parent family and loving Christian surroundings by his great Aunt, who to today he considers “Mama”. While his Mama was a member of Williams Temple Church of God in Christ, she would typically permit him to attend service together with his pal, with the exception that he attends Sunday Faculty at their church. So, he would go to Sunday Faculty at Williams Temple and from there, to church together with his pal who attended a Baptist Church in Cuney Houses headed by Pastor Johnson. It was throughout this season of his life, that he acquired an plain name to preach the gospel of Christ at 12-years-old. He preached his first sermon on Winbern and Ennis Streets in Third Ward.
Though he was a “kid preacher”, he went by way of life as another youngster – studying, growing and making errors alongside the best way. Rising up on Jackson and Oakdale Streets, he attended Edgar Allen Poe Elementary Faculty, Lanier Middle Faculty and Lamar Excessive Faculty. Ultimately, he married and commenced a family. He went on to determine a church within the 80s and later served as Assistant Pastor to the late Rev. James C. Franklin, before relocating to Washington D.C. After spending a while there, he was spiritually led again to Houston where he was assigned Overseer of a Pentecostal Church in Hockley.
Over a time period, life occurred… Having gone via divorce amongst other trials, Preston found himself in a sabbatical state. He stated, “I was at a point of my life where I felt I didn’t have to Pastor to go to heaven. So, minding my own business, I started having Bible Study in my apartment on West 18th Street.”
Within the course of, Preston acquired an invitation to evangelise at Yale Road. He vaguely remembered the church from his days of singing with groups reminiscent of: Youngsters of Christ, the Voices of Victory Group Choir, Fifth Ward Group Choir and others. After accepting the invitation and fulfilling his task, he was later beckoned by the late Rev. Dr. J.T. Holcombe, Sr. to return and preach for Yale Road’s Dawn service. Delighted at the opportunity he accepted and preached once once more. Contemplating the hospitality prolonged to him, he decided he would visit the church once more, but, on a Sunday when Pastor Holcombe was preaching. In doing so, he vividly recollects being spiritually arrested by God.
The Yale Road Encounter
“I never will forget, I was sitting in the pulpit and a song went forth, ‘God’s Got a Blessing With Your Name on it.’ God told me, ‘Stay right here, and help him’. And I remember I am sitting next to Rev. Willie Capers and I said out loud, ‘I don’t want to be here.’ Because I had reached the conclusion that I could go to heaven without pastoring a church. Little did I know; God had reached another conclusion. So, after service Pastor Holcombe was trying to go down the pulpit. At this time, his vision had gotten dim and he was dealing with some other health issues. Even though there had been a pulpit full of preachers none of them attempted to help him, because they were fellowshipping with the congregation. What I saw was a campaign amongst them, so I went and grabbed Pastor Holcombe under his elbow, got his Bible and helped him down. And that’s where it all started.”
– Pastor T. Leon Preston, II
Following the Leader
As time progressed Preston grew closer to Pastor Holcombe, typically choosing him up and taking him to church and different features. As their religious relationship advanced, he began making visits to hospitals and different appointments underneath the course of his Pastor. As he continued faithfully serving, he acquired a call from Pastor Holcombe. He knowledgeable him that he, the deacons and trustees had a mutual assembly and decided to appoint him Assistant Pastor. A humbled-spirited Preston accepted with the exception he can be labeled, “Assistant to the Pastor” opposed to “Assistant Pastor”.
Remaining loyal in his dedication to God and obedient to his Pastor; Preston continued on this position. He says, “I never walked in front of Pastor Holcombe, unless it was to prepare the way – I followed his steps.” In 2008, Yale Road was devastated by the “powerful tropical cyclone”, Hurricane Ike. That Sunday, Preston and Deacons Wilson and Frances showed up at church. After assessing the injury, they consulted with Pastor Holcombe, who advised them to do whatever Preston stated do.
Together with his cost in tote, Preston hit the ground operating. The deacons contacted the insurance firm they usually began working together to reconstruct the church. Meanwhile, Preston took the initiative to lease a tent and the church rallied collectively and worshipped beneath the tent as repairs have been made. Underneath the leadership of Pastor Holcombe, Preston, the deacons and membership diligently labored working on the church day in and day trip, till it was in a state the place they might re-enter for worship.
Passing the Torch
“After we re-entered the church Pastor Holcombe referred to as me and requested me if I might take him in. And I stated positive, I assumed he meant take him into church as I all the time did. So, I assumed nothing of it. Then he informed me, ‘I think I’m going to stand at the moment.’ Properly, when preachers stated that, that meant they have been going to evangelise… He delivered a strong and prolific message about roads.
I keep in mind him saying, ‘In life you are going to travel various roads. As you travel, you are going to make a lot of decisions and whatever decision you make you got to live with it. But sometimes as you travel there is a straight way and there comes a fork in the road and you have to decide which way to go. But, as you determine which way to go you must remain aware, that even the road you choose will have an end.’
As he wrapped up the sermon he stated, ‘I want to tell the church this… Every Moses needs a Joshua and I got my Joshua at the final hour.’ He then asked me to stand and put his arm round me and stated, ‘This is my Joshua and effective 12:30 today, I am no longer the Pastor of Yale Street.’ After he sat down, he opened the doors of the church and turned to me and asked me to take him in and I used to be surprised. That day, Pastor Holcombe turned the first official member I accepted in beneath my management at Yale Road.”
– Pastor T. Leon Preston, II
The relaxation is Yale Road history… Since that point, Pastor Preston has “endured trials as a good soldier”. He doesn’t consider one might be an effective chief, if a successor has not been prepared. Subsequently, he continues to work together with his son to perform his mission.
Yale Road is situated at 4315 Yale Road, 77018. For more details about the church or worship occasions contact (713) 697-9857.