HOUSTON — In an era when mega churches often move out of the inner-city, St. Johns Downtown has never abandoned it. And pastor Rudy Rasmus wouldn’t have it any other way.
“What we’re saying is there are literally no borders or boundaries that determine whether or not a person can be part of our extended family here,” said Rasmus.
The church’s extended family includes folks from all walks of life, from the very poor to international icon and Houston native Beyonce Knowles.
“She has a global platform and is doing some amazing work and I’m glad she’s a friend of mine.”
Rasmus presided over Beyonce’s 2008 wedding to rapper Jay Z. There have been rumors of marriage problems, and family disputes, such as when video of an elevator altercation between Beyonce’s sister Solange and Jay Z was made public.
Rasmus said he doesn’t follow the tabloids. “And I validate my information with a conversation with the individual.”
He also said it’s important to separate the entertainer from the person. It’s part of the message of his new book, “Love Period. When All Else Fails.”
“When we decide to love period, we’re saying there’s nothing to follow the period. We’re gonna love you for who you are, where you are, without conditions.”
Rasmus said Beyonce and her family have donated millions to the church to help house the homeless and feed the poor.
“She’s an incredible human being. Has an incredible heart and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here.”
It’s a ministry Beyonce has been a part of since she was just a young girl.
“She used to sing right here,” said Rasmus. “I don’t remember the song but I do remember she had long braids, tennis shoes and jeans on. A far cry from what she is today.”
Rasmus believes today Beyonce embodies the spirit of the book he hopes touches the world.
“Love never fails. A lot of things will fail but love will never disappoint you.”