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Welcome to Adult Ministries and Group Life

We don’t have to go through life alone—come as you are and grow with us! We all have something to share, and group life gives us the opportunity to get to know people, serve others and deepen our lives with God.

Adult Ministries at St. Luke’s equips adults to deepen their lives with God and others—to experience life-changing transformation into the people God designed us to be.

“At a church like St. Luke’s, you can jump in and find a place to belong. Church isn’t just about following Jesus; it is about following Jesus with other people. It is about, as Paul says in Philippians, a ‘partnership in the gospel’—those friendships we make when we join in something, whether it be a Sunday school class or a small group or a mission trip or ministry team. In the end, it is almost always about relationships.”

– Tom Pace, Senior Pastor





Sunday Morning Classes

In a Sunday morning class you will find opportunities to enrich your Christian education, continue growing in your spiritual journey and develop friendships. Join in community on Sunday mornings to study, serve and journey together!

  • Classes meet weekly, at either 9:45, 10 or 10:45 a.m.
  • Classes vary in size and format, and spend Sunday mornings working through all sorts of topics.

Not sure which class to try? Stop by the Connection Center on Sunday morning or contact Katie Montgomery Mears, Coordinator of Group Life, for guidance. Classes expect new visitors every week, feel free to visit whenever you’re ready!

The Choice – 10 a.m., ES306 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Recently graduated from college and young professionals, ages 22-27
The Choice class is a gathering of recent graduates and young adults who are building a foundation of faith together through Sunday morning study, small groups, regular social events, and service opportunities.

Cornerstone – 9:45 a.m. ES308 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Newly married couples, ages 25-35 Join other recently married couples as you enter into this new stage of the journey together. This community takes an honest, faith based approach to living out your marriage in a way that glorifies God and brings joy to your new family. The class will also participate in service projects and social gatherings together. Contact Rev. Thomas Harper for more information.

Luminous – 10 a.m.,  EC304 (B330) (third floor, above Hines Baker room) Young professionals – single, committed relationship, or married in their late 20s and early 30s Each Sunday offers an in-depth Bible study with discussion. The lessons offer a wide variety of topics and are led by class members. The class engages in regular service projects and frequent social gatherings. Contact  Luminous Sunday School for more information.

Three Strands – 9:45 a.m., ES311 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Married couples in their late 20’s through 30’s, many with young children A Christ-centered community where couples can grow in their faith together. Lessons cover a variety of relevant topics, with lots of group discussion. Three Strands also has quarterly small groups available, frequent social outings, and engages in quarterly service projects, with a focus on families and children.

The Hub – 9:45 a.m., ES301 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Couples in their late 20’s to mid-30’s, many with children A small class where it’s easy to encourage and be encouraged by others. There is a new topic each week so you can come anytime! Frequent social gatherings are also a part of the class experience.

Fellowship – 9:45 a.m., EC222 (B243) (second floor, above Hines Baker room) Married couples in their 30s and 40s, parents of children of all ages Members strive to grow in their faith through fellowship and sharing life experiences. This class follows biblically based studies designed to promote individual growth, build relationships and strengthen the family.

Compass – 9:45 a.m., ES309 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Singles and couples in their 30’s, many with young children The Compass class explores a variety of studies that explore the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life. The class sponsors regular social and service events, including volunteering at the Texas Medical Center’s Hospitality Apartments.

Families in Faith – 11 a.m., ES314 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Couples in their 30’s and 40’s, all with young children Each week, this class dives deeper into the previous week’s sermon, discussing and exploring how it relates to our lives throughout the week. Frequent socials, service projects, and family-friendly events make up the life of Families in Faith.

Common Ground – 9:45 a.m., EC220 (B232) (second floor, above Hines Baker room) Parents of school-age children This vibrant class builds strong relationships through regular social gatherings, service projects and spiritual growth through fellowship and worship together. Lessons involve a wide variety of topics and are often self-taught by class members. Social gatherings include both “adults only” and family friendly activities. Common Ground families also participate in service projects to support the Christian Community Service Center.

Journey2Gether – 10 a.m.,  EC104 (Library) (first floor, Commons area) Singles, ages 40-60 (with or without children) Journey2Gether meets for fellowship and a discussion-based bible study. With frequent lunch outings, service projects and socials, there are plenty of opportunities for you to fit in!

Horizons – 9:45 a.m., EC221 (B241) (second floor, above Hines Baker room) Couples and singles in their 40’s through 60’s Horizons features relevant Faith-in-Life topics and Bible study. Topics include relationships, marriage, children, and everyday issues. The class engages in a family retreat, social events throughout the year, and service projects.

Genesis – 9:45 a.m., EN207 (R21) (second floor, above the Rotunda) Mostly couples, ages 45-70’s Faith issues relating to life experiences and Bible studies in a lecture/discussion format are taught by Steve Lufburrow, Mark Hawkins, Jeff Smith, John Lynch and a mix of other teachers and leaders from the church. Regular social and service projects are emphasized.

Sojourners – 9:45 a.m., EN208 (R24) (second floor, above the Rotunda) Single adults (some couples) over 55 Bible study and faith issues in daily living are presented by Phil Murray in a lecture/ interactive discussion format. Regular social and service opportunities are scheduled, including Kids Meals.

Gene Decker Study – 9:45 a.m., EN205/206 (R23) (second floor, above the Rotunda) Couples and singles, ages 55 and up A large, socially active class that engages thought provoking lessons are presented each week by class members and guest teachers on a wide range of spiritual topics. Monthly social gatherings, service projects, and an annual retreat help members enrich one another’s lives.

Randy Smith Bible Study – 9:45 a.m., Parlor (first floor, northwest corner, near Fellowship Hall) Couples and singles, ages 50 to 85 This large class meets in a caring atmosphere for Biblical study. Often marked by spirited discussions, the lessons are led by Hank Coleman and Jim Henderson.

Good Will – 9:45 a.m., Rotunda (first floor, between Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall) All ages, couples and singles This large group studies Bible and Faith-in-Life topics in a lecture format, taught by Richard Ethun and visiting teachers. The class sponsors regular social and service events, especially partnering with Kids Meals and Texas Medical Center’s Hospitality Apartments.

Bible Discovery – 9:45 a.m., EN204 (R25) (second floor, above Rotunda) All ages, couples and singles Using a stimulating interactive format and featuring a mix of class discussion and lecture, this class takes on in-depth Bible topics taught by Jack and Fran Steele.

Charles Wesley – 9:45 a.m., Choir Room Open to all adults This class, in a concentrated 30-minute format, focuses on Biblical and theological topics.  The class was created primarily to serve members of the chancel choir and is taught by Don Brynes. Along with the choir, the class has “adopted” a refugee family through InterFaith Ministries.

Open Arms – 9:45 a.m., EC223 (B256) (second floor, above Hines Baker room) Couples or singles, ages 40’s to 80’s A very friendly class with a Bible-based curriculum taught by Joel Mohrman and Steve McCarthy, with lots of discussion. The class is open to adults, ages 40+, married or single, and enjoys a variety of social events and service opportunities. Come learn with us and have fun!

Covenant – 9:45 a.m., EN209 (R22) (second floor, above the Rotunda) All ages, couples or singles This class explores specific books of the Bible in a round table setting with engaging discussion on how the scriptures relate to daily life.

Friendship – 9:45 a.m., EC102 (B154) (first floor, Commons area hallway) All ages, couples or singles A small, engaging class for all ages. Discussions center on Bible and Faith-in-Life topics in a round-table setting, gathering frequently for social and service events.

Joy Class – 10:45 a.m., EN115 (R11) (first floor, next to Rotunda) Adults with special needs Jesus, Others, Yourself is the focus of this class featuring Bible lessons, music, and prayer in an environment conscious of those with special needs. For more information, please contact Lisa Gossett.

Small Groups

Come build authentic relationships with other Christians who are striving to walk the journey of life faithfully — just like you. You will learn together, discover new ideas and perspectives on how to live out your faith in your everyday life, and make some great friends along the way. All ages, stages of life, and spiritual maturity are welcome.

Living in Faith Together (LIFT) Groups

Living in Faith Together (LIFT) Groups are small groups of about 12 people who meet regularly to pray, study the Bible, share their stories with each other, build lasting friendships, and serve the world and community together. New LIFT Groups launch twice a year. Our next launch is set for September 2017.

For more information, please contact Rev. Thomas Harper or call him at 713-402-5009.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities are in-depth Bible studies or topical studies that come together for a set number of weeks (anywhere from 4 to over 30 weeks) beginning in January, June and September. Studies focus on a wide variety of topics, including Bible study, theological studies, Christian living and spiritual growth.

For more information, please contact Kathy Neely or call her at 713-402-5139.

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Women’s Ministries


Women’s Events

At St. Luke’s there are several opportunities for women to embrace in community – whether that means a Bible study, women’s circle, or a service group. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Jennifer Gould, Director of Adult Ministries at 713-402-5084.

Women’s Bible Studies

Go With Grace, Thursdays, 7:15-8:30 a.m., Hines Baker Room Join this community of women seeking to know God more intimately through Bible study, prayer and fellowship. Led by Dr. Linda Christians. To learn more or to register, contact Kathy Neely at 713-402-5139.

Moms’ Bible Study, Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m., Parlor A weekly Bible study for mothers of young children, led by Julie Ellerbrock, Director of Children’s Ministries or call 713-402-5040. No advance preparation is needed. Join the group at any time! Childcare is available with reservation.

If you have a group of women who are interested in starting a new small group and would like help choosing curriculum, please contact Thomas Harper at 713-402-5009.

Women’s Retreat

St. Luke’s Women’s Ministries hosts an annual women’s retreat in late winter or early spring. It is a wonderful weekend of renewing and reconnecting. Worship, prayer, shared meals, and music serve as cornerstones for the retreat. If you have never been to one of the St. Luke’s Women’s Retreats and are afraid you won’t know anyone, worry no more! You will find that you are welcomed with open arms and by the end of the weekend you will have plenty of new friends! For more information about this year’s retreat, please contact Jennifer Gould, Director of Adult Ministries at 713-402-5084.

United Methodist Women

The UMW is a community of women whose purpose is to know God, develop supportive relationships, and promote the global ministries of the United Methodist church.There are many opportunities to become a part of this active group. Membership is intergenerational and open to women of all ages and stages of life. Learn more about programs and events here or contact JoNell Beadle.

Men’s Life


Wednesdays, February 15 through May 3 6:30-7:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall Men’s Life encourages men to be their best. We invite men of all ages to join Dr. Tom Pace for teaching, a light breakfast, and round-table discussion about real-life issues and life-approaches related to men.

Learn more.

Single Adults


St. Luke’s welcomes singles—whether you have never been married, or you are separated, divorced, or widowed. There are many opportunities for singles to socialize, learn and serve throughout the year. So come find your place, make some new friends, and deepen your faith. For more information or to be added to our mailing list, contact Jon Norman.

Senior Adults

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Sr. Adult Events

Senior Adult Ministries is dedicated to creating, promoting and carrying out opportunities for fellowship through meaningful programs, activities and services by, with and for senior adults. Programs and activities are designed primarily for the needs and interests of those 65 years and older, and are open to church members and community friends. Those involved in our programs call themselves “Mainstreamers,” as persons “living in the mainstream of life.”

For more information contact Mary Schuler, Coordinator of Intergenerational and Senior Adult Ministries, at 713-402-5008.

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For reservations for all Mainstreamer and Senior Adult Ministries Programs, please call the Reservation Line, 713-402-5087, or email.


Young Adults


The St. Luke’s Young Adult Community offers a variety of activities and small groups for young adults and families with young children—whether you’re single, dating, or married; college age or in your twenties or thirties or parents of young children.

Our events and small groups are designed to help you gather with other young adults in community to learn about God, serve your neighbors and grow as followers of Christ. Contact Rev. Thomas Harper, Pastor in Adult Ministries, at 713-402-5009 to learn more.

Adult Ministries Staff

Jennifer Gould
Jennifer GouldDirector of Adult Ministries
Mary SchulerCoordinator of Intergenerational and Senior Adult Ministries
Rev. Thomas Harper
Rev. Thomas HarperPastor of Small Groups
Rebecca Alsup
Rebecca AlsupConnecting
Kelly Grimes
Kelly GrimesConnecting
Katie Montgomery Mears
Katie Montgomery MearsMinisterial Intern
Kathy Neely
Kathy NeelyLIFT Groups