In the early 1950s, Rev. R. L. Rex, the father of Lonnie, was sent to Houston, Texas to start a new church. After six weeks of services under a tent, many people had been saved and it was decided that a church needed to be built for the new congregation. A suitable lot was found for the new building but there remained one big problem, no money.
The church needed $8,000 and there was not a bank in town willing to loan them that much money. That was when Rev Rex came up with