East Texas Bishop Honored For More Than 75 Years Of Service

An East Texas Bishop is breaking records, with more than 75 years of service in the ministry. At a reception Thursday, Bishop Walter Houston of Tyler was recognized and honored for his longtime service as a Church of God in Christ minister. His time of active service is longer than any other pastor in the state of Texas and possibly the United States.

   He said, "My secret is God's grace. That's the only thing iIknow, 'cause his grace is sufficient and his grace allowed me to live this long. Not my goodness, nor all the good things I've done. Cause that don't amount to nothing with God." 

   Bishop Houston is currently the pastor at both First Church of God in Christ in Carthage and Houston Temple Church of God in Christ in Tyler.

   He founded Houston Temple 74 years ago and has served as its only pastor.

   Marie Biggs, reporting.