PASTOR ROLAND HENDRICKS
Roland began his accounting career in 1980 at The Dow Chemical Company in Texas Operations in Freeport, Texas and held various accounting positions and later became a supervisor in Cost Accounting. He 1994, he transferred to Dow’s Corporate Headquarters in Midland, Michigan and held positions as a manager, controller analyst and Global Supply Chain Controller and was afforded the opportunity to travel throughout the United States, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy,
Switzerland, Spain, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2003 Roland transferred to Freeport, Texas as the Texas Operations Controller for Freeport and LaPorte. Roland’s later became the Texas Manufacturing Controller and Finance Director with financial responsibilities for all Manufacturing sites in Texas including Freeport, LaPorte, Seadrift Operations, Texas City Operations, Deer Park Operations. After 35 years, Roland retired from The Dow Chemical Company.
Roland started his Christian journey as a little boy at the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Brazoria, Texas under the leadership of the late Rev. E. S. Fields. He served in various capacities such as Deacon, Trustee, Minister of Music, Musician, Choir Director, and Chairman of Scholarship Committee. In 1994, He became a member of the Victorious Believers Ministries COGIC in Saginaw, Michigan under the leadership of the late Bishop Marvin C. Pryor. He served in various capacities including Deacon, Trustee, Director of Empowerment Ministries and Christian Education, Music Administrator, Co-Chairman of the Kingdom Building Committee which consisted of a 40,000 square feet church and family life center with a budget of $4,000,000. He accepted his call to ministry in 1999 and became an elder in 2001.
In December 2003 Elder Hendricks transferred back to Texas. In February 2005, he became the 8 th pastor of the Greater Mount Zion Church in Brazoria, Texas which was organized in 1928. The church grew from 46 members to over 350 members. The vision of the church is “Impacting the Total You.” There are over 40 ministries within the church. The ministry also consists of the GMZ Education and Development Center (501 c 3) which provides a Food Distribution Center for 100 families 2 times a month, Good 360 Free Give a Way, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Computer Training, Financial Literacy and a Dream Camp for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math which enrolled 650 students in 2019.
Elder Hendricks is involved in his community and have served on several boards including the Salvation Army of Brazoria County, Community in Schools of Southwest Harris County and Brazoria County, Sam Houston State University President Circle, Sam Houston State University College of Business Advisory Board, Sweeny ISD Ministers Advisory Council, and Sweeny ISD Diversity Council. His current board responsibilities include Chairman of the GMZ Education and Development Center, Board Member of Sam’s Feathers Youth Foundation, Board of Regents at Brazosport College, and at TDECU he serves as Treasurer, Audit Chair, SPEC Chair of this $4.5 Billion Credit Union.
Elder Hendricks is a lifetime member of the Sam Houston Alumni Association and a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants.
He has received serval honors and awards including, the National Association of Black Accountants National Achievement in Industry Award, induction into the Sam Houston College of Business Hall of Honor, the MLK Drum Major Award from the Martin Luther King Commemorative Committee of Brazoria County, one of the Finance recipients of the Dow Transformation In Action Award, Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County Impact Award, NAACP of Brazoria County Citizen of the Year Award and Sweeny District Willing Workers Man of the Year Award.
Elder Hendricks has been married to Jean Carter Hendricks for almost 40 years and they have two grown children, Ashlyn and Nicholas.