Church Leader Honored At Houston City Hall

Congratulations to Rev. Joe Samuel Ratliff of Brentwood Baptist Church.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 was declared Joe Ratliff Day – and he was honored with a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker  and the entire city council  for his 40 years of service in the  ministry.

Rev. Ratliff  was installed as pastor of  Brentwood in February 1980 and was the first African-American pastor to lead the Union Baptist Association, according to his on-line resume.

While reading the proclamation, City Council Member Jarvis Johnson also noted that Ratliff  officiated over his wedding  twelve years ago.

During the presentation at city hall, Mayor Parker thanked Ratliff  for his work with HIV/AIDS patients in the early years, before it became a popular and acceptable thing to do.

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