Celebrating Bro. John Bisagno

Aug 05, 2018

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We give our life to Christ not because He demands it but because He deserves it.

— Bro. John Bisagno

Celebration of Life

A celebration of Bro. John Bisagno's life and ministry will take place on Friday, August 17, at 1p in the Worship Center at The Loop Campus of Houston's First Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the Main Foyer. The Loop Campus is located at 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024.

The service will be live-streamed here at HoustonsFirst.org and on Facebook.com/HoustonsFirst. If you are watching from around the nation or world, know that Houston is located in the Central time zone and the celebration will begin at 1p.


A visitation will take place on Thursday, August 16, from 5-8p at Klein Funeral Home-Champions located at 16131 Champion Forest Drive, Spring, TX 77379.

Your Photos of Bro. John

As we celebrate the life of Bro. John, we invite you to submit your photos of him and his family. The Bisagnos lost many of their photos in the Hurricane Harvey flood waters that devastated their home in Houston. Any photos you have would be greatly appreciated — and you can submit as many as you wish!

Submit photos here

Memorial Gifts

The Bisagno family says that memorials can be made in lieu of flowers to the following ministries:

  • Houston's First Baptist Church
    Designate gift for Mission X Mission
    Founder: Tim Bisagno (son)
  • Keipos
    Director: Jonathan Dodd (grandson)
  • Wego Ministries
    Director: Zachary Dodd (grandson)
  • HigherAim
    Founder: Dr. Curt Dodd (son-in-law)

Giving Thanks for Bro. John

Bro. John Bisagno — our Pastor Emeritus who led Houston's First Baptist Church from 1970-2000 — went home to heaven on Sun, Aug 5, 2018. In that moment, surrounded by his family, he was reunited with his wife Uldine who went home in September 2017 and was embraced in the loving arms of Jesus — the Savior he passionately pointed people to throughout his decades-long ministry that began before his time at Houston's First and continued well after his final message here.

As Pastor Gregg Matte informed our church of Bro. John's passing during worship services that day (video below), he read 1 Corinthians 13:12 — "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

"Think of all the Sundays that Bro. John rose to come and tell people about heaven," Pastor Gregg said. "And now, on this Sunday, he is in heaven rising to worship his Jesus face to face."

Pastor Gregg then invited the congregation at every campus to rise and reach across the aisle to hold hands — just as Bro. John used to end every worship service at Houston's First. We prayed for the Bisagno family and gave thanks for the ministry of Bro. John and the immeasurable impact he had on our church and God's Kingdom.


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