We are one family in Jesus, putting faith to work in love.

“…the only thing that matters is faith enacted in love.” Galatians 5:6

The Pathway

Early Christians were called “followers of the way,” indicating a particular road or path. Each person is on his or her own spiritual journey, and we want to facilitate four movements along that pathway, from seeker to believer to belonger to disciple to apostle.

The Five Inside-Out Habits

In order to move forward on this pathway, we strive to practice these five habits and put our values into action.
· We pray to build a closer relationship of love with Jesus Christ.
· We study the Bible to dig deeper and learn everything we can about God’s love.
· We make friends because lives are changed in community.
· We tell our stories to share with others how God is still at work in the world.
· We give ourselves away in generosity and service as apostles, sent by Jesus to be the good news in the world.

These are the habits we use to open ourselves to be used by God, to be recipients and participants in what God seeks to do in us and through us. And when we do this together God does some amazing things in our midst.

We are one church with four faith communities.

Traditional Worship Community
Sanctuary

The Traditional Worship Community follows familiar liturgy with a dynamic, scripture-inspired message and is accompanied by exquisite choirs and congregational hymns.

Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor preaching

8:30*, 9:45 and 11 a.m.
*Holy Communion
12:05 p.m. Holy Communion in the Chapel

Westheimer Campus
3471 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, Texas 77027
713-622-5710

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Encounter Contemporary Worship Community
Fellowship Hall

Encounter God in a relaxed atmosphere, with a praise band, coffee and donuts, bubbly children being children, experiential prayer elements and a challenging and encouraging message.

Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor preaching

8:30 a.m. gathering

8:45 a.m. service

Westheimer Campus
3471 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, Texas 77027
713-622-5710

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The Story Houston Community
The Story Houston Building

The Story Houston Community inspires both Christians and nonreligious Houstonians to play their part in the unfolding story of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Dress is casual, music is modern and sometimes loud, coffee is hot and the donuts are fresh.

Rev. Eric Huffman, preaching

9:30 and 11:05 a.m.

The Story Houston Building
3471 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, Texas 77027
713-402-5073

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The Gethsemane Community
Sanctuary

The Gethsemane Community is nestled in the heart of one of Houston’s most diverse neighborhoods. We are an Inside-Out church committed to living out our faith in love by serving our neighbors.

Rev. David Horton, preaching

9 a.m. Traditional
11:15 a.m. Contemporary

Gethsemane Campus
6856 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77074
713-774-7693

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Directions and Parking

St. Luke’s Westheimer Campus is located at 3471 Westheimer Road. The parking lot for visitors, those with limited mobility or those with children under 5, is on the south side of the building with entrances from Edloe, West Alabama, and Westheimer. While our new parking garage is under construction, there is plenty of additional Sunday parking on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane (behind the Whataburger) and the St. John’s lot on Buffalo Speedway and Westheimer with continuous shuttle service right to the door of the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall.

The Gethsemane Campus is located in the heart of the Gulfton/Sharpstown neighborhood at 6856 Bellaire Blvd.

 

Join the Family!

If you are looking for a church home, St. Luke’s provides you the opportunity to participate in passionate worship, faith-forming relationships, and ministries that make a difference.

Step 1: Coffee with the Pastor
Coffee with the Pastor is a casual group gathering with Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor at St. Luke’s. During Coffee with the Pastor, he will share his spiritual journey and invite you to examine your own. You will learn more about St. Luke’s values and vision and how to be a part of the life and mission of the church. Coffee with the Pastor is offered throughout the year, generally on the first Sunday of the month, for an hour and a half.

Step 2: Joining Sunday
After you attend Coffee with the Pastor, we welcome you to join on any Joining Sunday that follows at the worship service of your choice. Joining Sundays are usually the second Sunday of the month.

Step 3: Inside-Out Habits Class
After you join the church, we hope you will participate with other new members in a 6-week Inside-Out Habits class. The class will explore five “inside-out” habits that are the foundation of what we do together as a church: prayer, Bible study, telling our stories, building friendships, and giving ourselves away. We believe practicing these habits calls us into a deeper relationship with God and enables us to share the good news of Christ with both word and deed.

Step 4: Get Connected
We encourage you to be faithful in your Sunday worship participation and to find at least one additional way to engage with St. Luke’s. Participation in a small group or service opportunity is a great way to begin.

 

For more on our Path to Membership, contact Kelly Grimes, Connecting Ministries, at 713-402-5015.

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.

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