Our President


      Reverend Franklin Delano Sampson, Senior

The Reverend Franklin Delano Sampson Senior was born January 31st. He is the fifth child and fourth son born to The Reverend and Mrs. Harry Burney Sampson, Senior in Houston, Texas. He attended Matthew W. Dogan Elementary School of Houston Independent School District; George Washington Carver Elementary and George Washington Carver Junior-Senior High School of Aldine Independent School District; and graduated from Kashmere Gardens Junior­-Senior High School. He entered The University of Houston upon High School Graduation, and was graduated and awarded The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. His Post Graduate Studies was done at Prairie View A & M University in Counseling and Guidance.


     Reverend F. D. Sampson Senior was married on March 12, 1972 to Miss Fannie Marie Iles. He is the father of one daughter, De Anza Michelle Sampson, and two sons, Franklin Delano Sampson Junior and Frederick Dwayne Sampson.


     Reverend F. D. Sampson Senior confessed his call to preach The Gospel on May 21, 1967, and was licensed to Preach on September 17, 1967, and was ordained on December 14, 1969, all at Friendship. Reverend Sampson was call to be Pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Incorporated on Sunday, January 23, 1972.


Reverend F. D. Sampson Senior served as past Moderator of Unity Missionary Baptist General Association of Texas, Incorporated; past Vice President of The Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity; past Chairman of the Ministers Conference of The Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas; and past Chairman of The Commission on Orthodoxy of The National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated; the present Treasurer of The National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated; past President of Trinity Gardens Integral Forces, Incorporated; past President of Trinity/Houston Gardens Super Neighborhood; President and Chief Executive Officer of Visions of Faith Ministries, Incorporated.


      Reverend F. D. Sampson Senior is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Reverend Sampson is a Master Mason with membership in Purple Heart Lodge #205 F & AM; he was advanced to Sublime Prince in June, 1984; he was created a Grand Inspector General and was created a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in October, 2014.  He is also a member of University of Houston Alumni Association. Reverend Sampson has an Honorary Doctorate of Ministries from Mount Hope Bible College; a Doctor of Divinity from Saint Thomas Christian University, and was nominated and selected for the Fourth Edition of Marquis Who’s Who In Religion. 

Brief History


Visions of Faith Ministries was organized and incorporated in the City of Houston and in the State of Texas in 1985.  Visions of Faith Ministries is a 501(c)(3)  recognized organization by determination of The Internal Revenue Service.  Visions of Faith Ministries' focus is on Benevolence, Christian Education, Evangelism, and Personal Stewardship.  This Ministry is not limited by location of any one city, but is a National Ministry

Visions of Faith Ministries has provided Pastoral Ministry for The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Incorporated, which meets at 4812 Bennington, in Houston, Texas since January 23, 1972. 

Visions of Faith Ministries has Baptist Affiliation and provides Divine Services of The Preaching of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Wedding Ceremonies (but not same sex marriages), and Spiritual Counseling and Guidance.

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