Mission, Purpose and Vision

Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead every willing individual into a committed and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and while doing so provide a safe worship environment where all can experience spiritual healing and growth.

Purpose Statement


  • To Evangelize
    We exist to share the Gospel of God through Jesus Christ with all people.
  • To Guide
    We exist to provide guidance in spiritual growth and maturity to those whom God entrusts into our care.
  • To Worship
    We exist to worship our God as a collective and unified body of people.
  • To Fellowship
    We exist to exhibit the unity of the Body of Christ through fellowship with those of like faith.
  • To Minister
    We exist to affect spiritual and social change in the world in accordance with the mission, teachings and commission of Jesus Christ.


Vision Statement

Progressive Open Door Christian Center (PODCC) will BE a Christian Center in Houston, Texas...

  • that enables the celebration of diversity and inclusion of ALL people, especially those who have traditionally been marginalized by church
  • that expresses through deed that God is LOVE and LOVE is for EVERYBODY
  • where there is a TRUE sense of radical inclusion and an affirming love for ALL, and
  • where ALL are welcomed at the feasting table of God through Christ Jesus.



Our Interim Senior Pastor

Bishop Alex D. Byrd, MTS


Bishop Alex D. Byrd is a vessel of God anointed to bring healing, restoration and empowerment to the body of Christ.  Since beginning his preaching ministry at the age of 8 years old, he has remained a student of the scriptures and of the Holy Ghost.  His message and practice of Relational Christianity has been forged through continual prayer, fasting and consecration.  The driving force behind his ministry has been his love for God and the people of God.

Bishop Byrd has a God-given burden for the Church and its relevance in the twenty-first century.  Focusing on contemporary hot topics such as human sexuality, gender inequality, racial issues, economic disparity and youth culture, he believes that the message of the Gospel brings liberation from all forms of oppression, whether spiritual, social, or psychological.
Pastor Byrd has been in ministry, both in preaching and in the ministry of music, for more than 30 years.  He provides leadership and guidance to other pastors as the Regional Bishop for the South in The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM), under the most capable leadership of Bishop Yvette A. Flunder.  Displaying a commitment to higher learning, he has earned a Masters of Theological Studies at Brite Divinity School in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics.


Our Executive Pastor

Rev. Marvetta M. Walker, RN, BSN, MHA

Reverend Marvetta Walker is the youngest of fifteen children and was born in the city of Chicago, IL. She is an anointed preacher and teacher of the Gospel with a manner that has impacted the lives of people and won souls to the Kingdom of God. Growing up, she was a member of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership and tutelage of the renowned Reverend Dr. Clay Evans. She has served in the military and, newly licensed as a minister, was installed as Lay Pastor of the 44th Medical Brigade Gospel Service within 24 hours of her arrival to Baghdad. In 2005, she was ordained a baptist minister at the Sun City Christian Fellowship in El Paso, TX. She served as an associate minister at Kyles Temple AME Zion Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lorinzerr Johnson. In 2009, she and her spouse, Rev. J. Michelle Mathis, founded Agape For All Ministries Incorporated, a non-profit organization geared to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the community. She is the proud mother (son, Malik and son, Mikaili) and grandmother (grandson, Hendrix).

Other Leaders


Derrick Nash
Deacons Ministry
Min. James Martin
Minister of Service
Min. Marcia Sadberry
Minister of Worship & Fine Arts
Erica Kizzy
Culinary Arts
 Alvin Washington
Courtesy Team
Genevieve Bourne
Church Administrator
Carla Simpson
Staci Harris & Felecia Suber
First Impressions
Dee Dee Waters
Sis. Ada Bowie
 Ronnie Blanton
Audio/Visual Ministry
Mother P. K.
Media Ministry


Core Values

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Ministry Structure