Pastors Rudy & Juanita Rasmus
Juanita Rasmus is a Spiritual Director with a desire to see a merger between the contemplative life and daily activities. Rudy Rasmus is an author, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s poorest citizens. Together they co-pastor the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston that began with 9 existing members in 1992. St. John’s has grown to over 7,000 members (30% were formerly homeless) in 25 years into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew.
The Rasmus’ attribute the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. A recent in-house poll revealed the number one reason people attend St. John’s is because they can “feel the love” from the parking lot to the pew
Pastor Tiffany Tarrant Chandler
Tiffany was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of University of Houston Downtown with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her passion for seeing youth live out their purpose through the teachings of Christianity helped her found the abstinence program Pure Life. Tiffany founded Pure Life in 2009. Beginning with seven students, the program has grown to matriculate over fifty students. Tiffany has been working in ministry at St. John’s United Methodist Church for over six years and is currently the Campus Lead Pastor.
In addition to her commitment to ministry, she has worked with underprivileged children who have been infected or affected with HIV at St. Johns Academy and Julia C Hester House, a historical community center in Fifth Ward. Although she enjoyed her work in the community, her true passion is teaching abstinence. She has made it her mission to teach, educate, and inspire young people to be all that God has called them to be.