HOUSTON – In August 1952, Rev. Ulysses S. Turney was called to pastor at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church on Sandle Street in Houston, Texas. On July 15, 1954, he along with the deacons led the congregation from Mt. Nebo to what is known today as Starlight Missionary Baptist Church.
Rev. Turney was a great teacher, counselor, missionary and friend to the old as well as the young. He cared for the sick and sorrowing in and around the community. His crowning virtue was his faithfulness in testimony. Rev. Turney was married to Sis. A.L. Turney, who also was a great counselor and friend to the Starlight membership and the community. Their union was blessed with three wonderful daughters, Dorothy, Gwen and Unell. On August 26, 1982 the Lord called His servant Rev. Turney home to rest from his labor.
Following extensive searching and prayer, in 1983, Rev. Clifford B. Meachum, Jr. was appointed as Pastor of Starlight. Under his leadership, the congregation continues to flourish.
In the tradition of the Starlight, the Pastor’s family devotedly and diligently serves at the church his wife, Sis. Dorothy Meachum is a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher and provides much needed support to the ministries of the church.
Their children, Sharon, Devon and Jason have been instrumental in the success of the ministries along with their families.
In 2002, Pastor Meachum was blessed with his first son in the Ministry, Rev. Curley Randle.
The year of 2005 was an especially incredible year in the ministry for Pastor Meachum. His youngest son Min. Jason Meachum became his second son in the ministry.
After 60 years of service, Starlight proudly has the support of many ministries.
The Ministerial staff, Deacons and Trustees provides ministry assistance to ensure that the mission and vision are established and executed effectively.
The Rev. U.S. Turney Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to our students as they start their college careers. The Music Ministry maintains an effective worship ministry reaching a diverse community of believers as well as non-believers for Kingdom Building.
The Greeters provide assistance to individuals entering the worship facility by greeting them and directing them to the area of the worship facility Usher Board provide assistance in the worship experience by ensuring that visitors and members are presented with literature distribution; welcomed, directed and seated; and collecting offerings.
The Bereavement Committee sees to the needs of families during their time of grief.
Star Ministries provides Christ-centered activities for our youth and young adults.
The Pastor’s Aide Committee attends to the needs of the first family.
The Ministers and Deacons Wives’ Council assist the ministry in preparing candidates for baptism and communion preparation.
With faith in God, we go forward into the future. Our course is centered in Christ.
Pastor Clifford B. Meachum Jr. Celebrates 31 years at Starlight MBC
This year marks three decades of pastoring at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church for Rev. Clifford B. Meachum. On July 20th, he and his wife celebrated his 31st years of ministry.
Rev. Meachum, Jr. was born August 14, 1950 in Anderson Texas, to Clifford B. Meachum, Sr. and Ottie Mae Sneed. Rev. Meachum attended Garden City Elementary.
He attended and graduated from Klein High School in the second year of integration and went on to attend Houston Baptist University, Mount Hope Bible College, New Light School of Biblical Studies, graduating in the top of his class.
Rev. Meachum is married to Dorothy Chatmon Meachum and together they have three children; Sharon Burnside (Albert), Devon Meachum (Robin), Rev. Jason Meachum; seven grandchildren, Jeremiah and Kawanza Burnside, Devon II, Jayce, Jael, Jayden and Makayla Meachum.
The Meachum’s celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary in December of 2013.
Pastor Meachum retired after working thirty eight years with Sears Roebuck in 2013, while serving as Pastor of Starlight Missionary Baptist Church.
He confessed his calling in 1969, under the leadership of the late Rev. D. S. Bailey, 6619 Sherwin St. a street now called D. S. Bailey Ln, currently under the leadership of Dr. Edwin A. Davis.
Rev. Meachum’s ministry began when he was called to Green Valley Baptist Church in Navasota, Texas for four years of labor.
On May 11, 1983, Meachum received a letter requesting that he become the Pastor of Starlight Missionary Baptist Church at 9202 Willow St., Houston, Texas – a request he gladly accepted and received his appointment as Pastor of Starlight Missionary Baptist Church.
In 31 years of service Starlight, Rev. Meachum has been supported by a staff of Ministers, Deacons and Trustee Board members along with auxiliaries such as the Brotherhood, Music Department, Usher-Greeters, The Rev. U.S. Turney Scholarship Fund, The Bereavement Committee, Star Ministries, The Pastor’s Aide and The Ministers and Deacons Wives’ Council.
He has been blessed with two sons in the ministry, along with two sons in the ministry who have now been called to pastor their own churches, but still work closely with Pastor Meachum in the ministry.
He is always in close partnership with his wife, First Lady Dorothy Chatmon Meachum, who works closely with the Sunday School, Mission, Music Ministry, and any of the other ministries when, wherever her assistance is needed.
Rev. Clifford B. Meachum Jr., is a man who has faith in God, and states as we go forward into the future, our course is centered in Christ.
Pastor Meachum’s favorite statement: “A lot of good can be done if no one cares who gets the credit!”