A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 13, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Vernus C. Swisher, Sr., D. Min.


*  Doctor of Ministry Degree - Houston Graduate School of Theology; Houston, Texas
Master of Arts Degree - Houston Graduate School of Theology; Houston, Texas
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education and Social Sciences - Huston-Tillotson University; Austin, Texas
* Professional Mediation Training - Worklife Institute; Houston, Texas
Graduate Courses - Texas Southern University; Houston, Texas
Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting (extension course) -The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School


10/2019 -             CEO Consulting and Coaching
06/2019 -             Retired
3/1996 –06/2019 CAREER AND RECOVERY RESOURCES, INC.    (Retired 1/31/2019)
*     Chief Executive Officer 
8/1993 - 1996       Julia C. Hester House
*     Executive Director 
8/1967 - 1993       Foley’s Department Store, Now Macy’s
*     Store Manager - Almeda Mall                                  *     Buyer Budget Menswear - Corporate
*     Store Manager - Greenspoint Mall                          *     Assistant Buyer Menswear - Corporate

*     Assistant Store Manager - Sharpstown Mall         *     Group Manager - Sharpstown Mall

*     Divisional Manager - Sharpstown Mall                 *     Assistant Department Manager - Corporate

Religious Experience (1983 – Present)                                                                                                    

2000 - Present      Pastor - Galilee Community Baptist Church Houston (2006-Present)

                                Pastor – Galilee Missionary Baptist Church of Kenedy (2004 – 2007)

                                Pastor—St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Dowling (2000—2003)

                                Associate Minister - Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church (2004 – 2006)

1986 - 1998          Thomas Care Nursing Home Senior Ministry

1983 - 1990          Assistant Pastor - South Post Oak Baptist Church


Current Boards & Community Affiliations                                                                                                

                                PrimeWay Federal Credit Union Board, Center for Pursuit Board of Governors, American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow Class XV,

Past Boards & Community Affiliations                                                 

Founder & Charter Member of Leadership Houston; Founding Committee Member of Project Blueprint, Spaulding for Children Advisory Board; Rotary Club of Houston & Foundation Board; College of Biblical Studies Board, Immediate Past Chair; Network of Behavioral Health Providers Board; Mayor’s Public Safety Advisory Committee Chair, City of Houston.

United Way of Texas: Board Member/Trustee.

United Way of Greater Houston: Panelist, Chairman of Adult Service; Chairman of Allocations Committee; Chairman of Planning Allocation-Information and Referral; Member of the Personnel Committee; Allocations Redesign Committee, Chairman of Agencies Campaign 1994-95; Planning Committee 1998-99; Public Policy 1995-99; President, Agency Executive Directors Association 2000; Multi-cultural Committee; Project Blueprint; Funding Task Force Committee.

Rotary Club of Houston, Past President; Houston Food Bank Board, Past President; Region 6 Adult Protective Services Advisory Board; Greater Houston Women’s Foundation Board; Disability Policy Consortium of Greater Houston Board; AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence), Interfaith Advisory Council, Target Hunger Advisory Board; The Volunteer Center Board; M.D. Anderson Hospital Volunteer; United Negro College Fund Advisory Board; Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation Board; Texas Commerce Bank-Lockwood/Lyons Board; Justice Forward

Other:  Houston Evaluation of Community Priorities, Red Cross-Market Street; Inter-Ethnic Forum; John Biggers Exhibition Advisory Committee.

Awards:  Mayor’s History Makers Award 2021, Houston Community College Leadership and Success Honoree 2019, Career and Recovery Resources, In. Barrier Breaker Award 2019, Houston Graduate School of Theology-The Delbert and Carol Vaughn Alumnus Award 2016, Mayor's Disability Advocate of the Year 2002, National Women of Achievement  Visionaries of Excellence Award 1996; Citizen of Month, 1995 Houston Defender; United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast Volunteer of the Year 1985; Texas Southern University Humanitarian of the Year 1983.