Richard Freeman - Rabbi

Throughout the scriptures, Adonai calls men and women to work with Him for particular purposes.  In January of 1980, that call came to Richard and Patsy Freeman in Stephenville, Texas.  The Word of Adonai instructed them to return to Houston where they had grown up and graduated from Bellaire High School together and establish a Messianic Synagogue where Yeshua the Messiah would be exalted.  The congregation actually started in their living room in February of 1982. 

Richard earned a B. A. degree from the University of Houston in 1968, and he received “Smicha” (ordination) from the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations) Yeshiva in 1990.  He and Patsy have 2 children, Becky and Rick, and nine grandchildren, although they claim many “adopted” daughters and sons and grandchildren within the congregation.  Their son-in-law John has led worship for the synagogue for almost 20 years. 

Richard and Patsy have always believed, and still do, that Beth Messiah’s success has never been attributable to their knowledge or gifting, but only to the Grace of God which has been abundantly evident over the 33 years of the congregation’s history!  May His Name and His Son’s Name be honored!  (Prov. 30:4)

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Michael Vowell - Associate Rabbi

In May of 2013, Michael became the newest addition to the CBM staff and on January 17, 2015 he received his smicha (rabbinic ordination) and joined the rabbinic staff as an associate rabbi. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, he received his Bachelor of Arts with High-Honors in Jewish Studies in 2005. While an undergraduate, he was awarded the prestigious Louis Goldberg Jewish Studies scholarship and was named among the Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Upon Graduation from Moody, Michael moved to Dallas, TX, to begin his Master's Degree and to work as a student rabbi at Adat Shalom. While in Dallas, Lauren gave birth to their first two children, Orah and Seth.  

In 2009, Michael graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. He received his Master's of Theology with Honors in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages. He also received the prestigious Nathan Meir Award for Service and Academic Excellence and the Merrill F. Unger award for his work in the Hebrew Bible. 

Following his Master's Degree, the Vowell family moved to Calgary, Alberta, to start a new messianic synagogue. While in Calgary, in 2010, Lauren gave birth to their third child, Hazel.  


With a young and growing family, Michael and Lauren sensed the deep need to be back home and close to their extended family. In November of 2012, the Vowell family returned back to their hometown of Sugar Land, TX.  Michael worked as a teacher at Logos Preparatory Academy where he met Rabbi Freeman's daughter Becky Ross.

Michael and his wife, Lauren, just celebrated 15 years of marriage. As a family they enjoy being outdoors, staying active together through a variety of activities. 

He can be reached at michael.o.vowell@gmail.com or 713-271-5757.


Rabbi Aaronson - Retired
Ron was born May 23, 1941 to Jewish parents in the northern part of the United States.  Times were very difficult for Ron and his mother.  He remembers how a lady from the Salvation Army brought them food, clothes, furniture, and the love of God. Because of the love of people who truly acted as believers, between the ages of 12-13, Ron came to know Yeshua.

 Ron served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963. He is a graduate of Northeastern College and William Carey SBC Graduate School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and also attended the SBC Mid-America Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended the UMJC Yeshiva and served for 3 years as the regional southwest Rosh Yeshiva.

Ron is the husband of Dolly Aaronson and they have been married for 50 years. He is the father of two daughters, Theresa and Michelle, the grandfather of Benjamin and Aaron, and the great-grandfather of Kayla and Eliezer, and Joshua Levi Aaronson.

For over 46 years Ron has served in full time ministry. Raised as a non-religious Jew in his youth, God gave him the joy of embracing his Jewishness in Messiah Yeshua starting in 1992.  He first served as a Shamash at Congregation Beth Messiah in Houston, Texas and later became the Associate Messianic Rabbi.  Ron is an author, teacher, and evangelist. He is also the founder of the Israel Benevolence Fund (http://www.israelbenevolencefund.org) which ministers to widows, orphans, and Holocaust survivors in Israel and seeks their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.