Rev. Leroy (Lee) Elder, Senior Pastor

Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church
Pastor Leroy (Lee) Elder is a native of Belzoni, Mississippi, a small town in the Delta.  The Delta is “where the blues was born and the birthplace of American music!” He is an avid lover of music, history, sports, traveling, and reading. Lee has an undergraduate degree from Jackson State University, a Master in Management and Public Administration from Webster University; Master of Divinity at Saint Paul School of Theology.  Lee is also an Army Veteran. Prior to entering ministry, Lee worked as a corporate buyer for a major aircraft manufacturing company.  In addition, volunteering in the community has been an important part of Lee’s life since he was a youth and he considers serving others an essential to a well-rounded life. Lee loves preaching and teaching God’s word. Also, Lee firmly believes in the sacred worth of all human beings, because we are all made in God’s image. Lee is married to Chanda Mayers-Elder and they are the proud parents of Elizabeth Joy (age 9) and Olivia Monroe (age 7).

Our Mission and Vision


 Biblically-Based and Grounded in the Word of God
OUR MISSION – “Go and make disciples of all nations.” – Matthew 28:16-20
OUR VISION – “Witnesses doing greater works.” – Acts1:8; John 14:12
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “Is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12: 28-31; Matthew 28: 16-20
1. Sloan is a dynamic, healthy, externally-focused, multi-generational church family (I Corinthians 12:12-20):
  • We are kingdom citizens who represent the kingdom of God
  • We are Holy Spirit-led
  • We are a praying church; we do not do anything without first consulting the Lord
  • We are history-making by impacting and transforming the landscape of 5th Ward
  • We continue to engage in strong family units and faith-forming relationships
2. Sloan engages in risk-taking missions. outreach. and evangelism (Micah 6:8):
  • We ‘GO’ to serve the least, the last, the lost, the lonely, and the left out/behind
  • We are both local and global — connectional
  • We are holistic in our approach to ministry
  • We grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  • We make disciples of Christ — We are all ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • We practice extravagant generosity
3. Sloan celebrates Christ-centered passionate worship (John 13:34-35):
  • We extend radical hospitality to the stranger
  • We are inclusive in our ministry
  • We are interactive and biblically sound in song, dance, prayer, giving, and The Word
  • We are known for our love
Sloan’s “Mission Field Connections” Include:
Bruce Elementary Magnet School (School Partnership)
Kennedy Place — Houston Housing Authority
Kelly Village — Houston Housing Authority
Swiney Park Community Center
Nixon Care Home, Inc.
Edmonson Independent & Assisted Living Center

Our Faith and Our Beliefs 

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