The Houston pastor whose congregation has included Beyoncé Gisele Knowles-Carter has opened a new coffee house in Texas. Pastor Rudy Rasmus describes his church’s new coffee shop as “committed to changing lives through good coffee.”
Beyonce’s spiritual advisor says he has long had a dream of operating a coffee shop, and that dream is soon to be realized. April 15, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. is slated as the opening date of ThroughGood coffee shop, according to a street art-style photo posted on Pastor Rudy’s Instagram page. The café will be located at 732 West 27th Street in Houston.
ThroughGood will serve the HIV-positive and homeless populations of Houston as part of the church’s outreach ministry.
The coffee shop’s Facebook page shows the interior of the shop during the renovation or building stage, the countertops covered in brown paper. The walls and counters are covered in what looks like reclaimed wood in a dark color surrounded by light-colored trim, copper light fixtures, and a large blackboard menu board. An exterior photo shows large windows and a simple red awning over the door. The atmosphere of the empty café looks modern, yet homey and inviting.
Pastor Rudy and his wife, Juanita Rasmus, are co-pastors of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where Beyoncé was a member of the church choir as a child along with her sister Solange. In 2002, the pop superstar, former bandmate Kelly Rowland, and Beyoncé’s parents Tina and Mathew Knowles contributed over half a million dollars to St. John’s to help the church build a youth center. Then in 2005 when Houston experienced an influx of refugees from Hurricane Katrina, the Knowles family and Rowlands contributed over a million dollars to help the church build homes for displaced families.
While waiting for the coffee shop to open, visitors to http://throughgoodcoffee.com/ can sign up to be e-mailed the latest developments.