Bishop Dr. Elijah Solomon is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and he has done postgraduate study at George Washington University and the University of Maryland in mathematics and business.
He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Houston Graduate School of Theology (HGST) where he was elected as Student Senate President for the school year 2002 - 2003. His doctoral project focused entitled “Develop a Model to Transition An African American Pentecostal Church into a Multicultural Ministry” is on file at HGST. He is a dynamic and energetic ambassador of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Solomon is a retired IBM Corporation executive with thirty-two (32) years of technical and business management experience. During his professional career he amassed extensive experience in project management, business planning, marketing, and software development.
He has published one inspirational booklet “I CAN!” with a central message of faith overcoming fear. He is married to Christine, who is an integral part of his ministry and vision. Together they count among their blessings two daughters, Eleshia Monique Spence (Wally) and Keturah Davis (Ulysses), three grandsons, and four granddaughters.
First Lady Christine Solomon is a strong advocate of the family unit and views each member in Christ as part of her extended spiritual family. She is a visionary at heart and has seen God bring many visions into reality during her ministry. Lady Solomon has “the spirit to serve,” as she has served the church in many aspects since childhood.
She is currently the Director of the Women’s Ministries, “Sisters of Vision”, at Refuge Vision Ministries Houston, Texas and Director of the Women’s Ministries at Refuge Temple Atlanta, Georgia, both under the dynamic leadership of her loving husband and Pastor, Dr. Elijah Solomon. Her vision is for the people of God to develop spiritually, intellectually, and physically serving our Lord Jesus Christ. Lady Solomon completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and trained as a Social Worker with the Department of Health and Human Resources. Also, she has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and completed an additional Elementary Education Degree.
Lady Solomon’s favorite scripture, “The Lord will perfect that which concern me, thou mercy O’Lord endures forever, forsake not the works of thine own hands (Psalm 138:8),” exemplifies the way she lives her life with a “Spirit To Serve.”
Elder E. Solomon stepped out on faith on Sunday, May 23, 1982 to establish a new place of fellowship and worship. The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Houston conducted its first service at the Ramada Inn Hotel on Crosstimbers St. In Houston, Texas. Sunday services were held at the Ramada Inn for three weeks, during this period of transition, prayer and Bible classes were held in members' homes.
The Lord led Sister Solomon to respond to a FOR SALE advertisement of "The Little Olympia Day Care Center" on Moline Street and the vision began to materialize. Within three weeks, God made a way for the doors of a spiritual vision to open and fulfill a long desire of Elder Solomon to have a church South of Downtown Houston. The saints of God converted the building from a nursery to a sanctuary, through many hours of voluntary labor. The people of God made many sacrifices to make a comfortable place of worship. With members donating all types of necessities such as organs, pianos, and even building materials for internal renovation the vision was becoming a reality. The As the ministry grew the church transitioned and took on the name that best epitomized its identity and Refuge Vision Ministries (RVM) was birthed.
The vision of Bishop and Lady Solomon is to share RVM's "Fellowship of Love" with as many as possible in this journey of ministry. RVM's visionaries have been blessed to be very proficient teachers of God's word, helpful, compassionate and caring people. They have a genuine desire for everyone to learn of Jesus' love for saving souls, and for God's people to prosper.