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History and Governance 2017-03-28T14:52:58-05:00

History

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church was founded on June 14th, 1945 in Houston, Texas. The first service was held on November 11, 1945 in the Lamar High School (Houston, Texas) auditorium. On December 23, 1951, St. Luke’s moved from Lamar High School to the current location at 3471 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. On September 27, 2009 St. Luke’s merged with Gethsemane United Methodist Church. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Houston, Texas, is a member of the Texas Conference within the United Methodist Church.

Senior Pastors

Dr. Durwood Fleming (1945-1961)

Dr. J. Kenneth Shamblin (1961-1976)

Dr. Walter L. Underwood (1976-1984)

Dr. James W. Moore (1984-2006)

Dr. Thomas J. Pace (2006-Present)

Governance

The Board of Stewards is subject to and reports to the Church Conference and is the general governing body of St. Luke’s. The Chair of this Board shall preside over meetings in partnership with the Senior Pastor. This Board shall meet at least quarterly and as scheduled by its Chair.
The Executive Committee is subject to and reports to the Board of Stewards and shall be generally responsible for the day to day governance of St. Luke’s and for overseeing the implementation of the ministries, policies and programs in accordance with the budget as approved by the Board of Stewards. If any person is unable to fulfill any position elected at the Church Conference, this Committee may fill such position until the next Church Conference. The Chair of the Board of Stewards is the Chair and shall preside over meetings in partnership with the Senior Pastor. This Committee shall meet as scheduled by its Chair.
The Finance and Administration Commission is subject to and reports to the Executive Committee and shall be generally responsible for overseeing the human, physical and financial resources of St. Luke’s, including recommending an annual budget to the Executive Committee. The Chair shall preside over meetings in partnership with the Director/Executive Pastor of Finance and Administration. This Commission shall meet as scheduled by its Chair.
All councils, ministries and guilds included on the Charts approved by the Executive Committee shall be subject to and report to the Commission under which they are organized. Each board and committee may create task forces as necessary, and each commission may create task forces and other entities as necessary, but such other entities shall not be called a board, committee or commission.
The Board of Trustees is the statutory Board of Directors of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Houston, Inc., the nonprofit organization which owns St. Luke’s property, such as securities, land, buildings and bank accounts. The Board of Trustees is subject to and reports to the Board of Stewards and shall be generally responsible for the long-term care, maintenance and insurance of St. Luke’s property. The Chair shall preside over meetings in partnership with the Director / Executive Pastor of Finance and Administration. This Board shall meet as scheduled by its Chair.
The Charge Conference shall be convened as the Church Conference and shall meet at least annually. The Church Conference is the connecting link between St. Luke’s and the General Church and is the ultimate governing body of St. Luke’s. The Chair of the Church Council (referred to herein as the “Board of Stewards”) shall call the Church Conference to order, and the District Superintendent shall preside.
St. Luke’s is a connectional church that is part of the United Methodist Church and the Texas Annual Conference, whose mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world to the glory of God.