Homer Edwin Young Bio, Age, Sons, Wife, Second Baptist Houston, Books

Dr. Ed Young, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church

Homer Edwin Young Biography

Homer Edwin Young is an American pastor who is a senior Gospel minister at the Second Baptist Church of Houston, Texas. Pastor Ed Young, as he is often referred to, and his children are church ministers in their won right, with his eldest son, Edwin Barry Young, being a senior pastor and founder of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas.


How old is Pastor Homer Edwin Young? – Age

The Second Baptist Church senior pastor is 84 years old as of August 11, 2020. He was born in 1936 in Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.

Is Pastor Homer Edwin Young Married? – Spouse

Homer was married to the mother of his sons, Jo Beth Young from 1959 until her death in 2017. The couple was together for 58 years, a time in which she supported her husband in his ministerial work as they also raised their children. They both grew up in Laurel, Mississippi and began dating while in high school through college and leading up to marriage.

She is described as one who had a behind-the-scenes role in the church, shying away from the spotlight, teaching Bible study classes and helping in mentoring the wives of newly ordained pastors and deacons. She passed on at the age of 80.

Pastor Ed Young Snr. with his late wife
Pastor Ed Young Snr. with his late wife

Homer Edwin Young and Sons

The Second Baptist Church senior pastor is a father of three. His eldest son is pastor Edwin Barry Young, a senior pastor at Fellowship Church, Grapevine while his other sons are Ben Young, an associate pastor also at Second Baptist Church Houston and Cliff Young, a leader of the Christian folk/pop group Caedmon’s Call.

Homer’s children have their own families too, with children, making Homer a grandfather too.

Homer Edwin Young Ministry – Second Baptist Houston

From Laurel on the southeastern side of Mississippi, Homer came from a poor family. He fought hard for his future through his education to the point of getting to attend college at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa for an engineering major.

During his freshman year, he got a call to the ministry which he ended up answering and joined the Mississippi College, to carry on with his studies. He later joined the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. At the same time, he was already a pastor serving in both North and South Carolina until 1978 when he joined Second Baptist Houston Church.

He became a leader at the church and under his leadership, the church’s attendance has since multiplied to close to 5 times the initial numbers, that is from an average of 500 to more than 24,000 today.

In June 1992, Homer was first elected as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). In June 1993, he was elected to the position a second time.

Homer Edwin Young’s Broadcast Ministry

Pastor Edwin has a broadcast ministry known as “The Winning Walk” through which he reaches more people in the world by providing content. His sermons are shared across North America and other parts of the world via this broadcast ministry. However, it is not all roses. For instance, in January 2010, Young’s series of sermons titled “Healing Broken America” became controversial. They sought to find a way of dealing with the lessons a broken Washington and broken Wall Street could learn from the Prodigal Sons’s story in the Bible. The sermons were thought to be political, a notion that Homer denied.

Homer Edwin Young Books

Homer is also a book author. In 2005, he wrote and published a book titled “Total Heart Health for Men Workbook,” from his personal experience after having suffered heart problems. He had an angioplasty for a clogged heart artery in 1988 and a triple coronary bypass surgery in May 2010.

♦  2005 – The 10 Commandments of Parenting: The Do’s and Dont’s for Raising Great Kids
◊  2005 – Total Heart Health for Men Workbook: Achieving a Total Heart Health Lifestyle in 90 Days
♦  2004 – The Ten Commandments of Marriage
◊  1995 – Been There. Done That. Now What?: The Meaning of Life May Surprise You
♦  1993 – Romancing the Home: How to Have a Marriage That Sizzles

◊  1992 – Against all odds: family survival in a hostile world
♦  1985 – The purpose of suffering
◊  1984 – David, after God’s own heart
♦  1982 – A winning walk
◊  1981 – The Lord is–