WHAT WE BELIEVE

ST. LUKE’S VISION:
A City Transformed By the Love of Jesus

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but he laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” The Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. …These twelve Jesus sent out…
Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a

And I saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from heaven… –Revelation 21:2

The Bible’s story of God’s love for us begins in a garden but it ends in a city – the City of God. Here at St. Luke’s, all in our family of ministries share the same vision – A City Transformed by the Love of Jesus.  We believe we are here for a reason: to be sent by Jesus, motivated by his love, to bring about God’s preferred future for the city in which we have been placed, and to invite people to be a part of the City of God.

The City of Houston – Our primary mission field
Houston, Texas is our primary mission field.  God tells the prophet Jeremiah to “seek the welfare of the city to which I have sent you.” (Jeremiah 29:7) God tells the prophet Isaiah that the people will return home to Jerusalem and be “repairers of the breach, and restorers of streets to live in.”  (Isaiah 58:12)  Houston is our home, and we love this city, and our calling is to be an instrument of its transformation both socially and spiritually.

The City on a Hill – the Church
Jesus tells us that we are “the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”  (Matthew 5:14)  Our vision is a community that models the love of Jesus in the way we love one another.  All are welcomed here, and we seek to show the world what Christian love looks like.  St. Luke’s is to be a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.

The City of God – God’s ultimate future
We believe that one day, God will restore his creation, that the broken places of the world will be healed, and that all will know of Jesus’ love for them.  We strive to be a tangible sign to all, pointing them to the hope they have in Christ.

ST. LUKE’S MISSION:
To Equip Families and I
ndividuals To Live and Love Like Jesus

And Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  –Matthew 4:19-20

Jesus didn’t give us a rule book. Instead, he said, “follow me.”  He invited his disciples, and you and me, to let him show us how to live, to let him show us how to love others. So, in order to accomplish our vision of a city transformed by the love of Jesus, this is the mission of St. Luke’s church.

TO EQUIP

Paul writes to the Ephesians that God gave the Holy Spirit to the church “to equip the saints (you and me) for the work of ministry.”  (Ephesians 4:12a) While it is the Holy Spirit that changes lives, it is our mission to provide the resources for participants in our ministry to grow and use their gifts in service.

FAMILIES & INDIVIDUALS

Jesus reached out to all kinds of people.  Everybody is welcome at St. Luke’s church, and God has a purpose for each one of us. We help people to move forward on their Christian journey, from cradle to grave. We feel a special calling to support families in the work of shaping the next generation of Christians. This is the business of everyone in our church, as we seek to build relationships across generational lines.

TO LIVE & LOVE LIKE JESUS

Jesus invited his disciples to “Follow me.”  He took disciples along on his travels to show them a particular way of life, a particular way of loving others, all the way to the cross. He called on them to live and serve and love as he did. We believe this is the way God uses us to help realize the vision – a city transformed by the love of Jesus.

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

St. Luke’s cares about your spiritual journey and wants you to grow constantly in your love for Jesus, for one another, and for the world. We believe these all work together to bring about the kingdom of God in our hearts, lives, city, and world.

Hearts transformed by a relationship with Jesus

We experience a relationship with Jesus as the core of the Christian faith. It is the motivation for all we do.

Lives transformed by Christian community

We build authentic, caring community and experience spiritual growth in small groups and teams.

Our city transformed by our service and witness

We demonstrate our faith and share Jesus’ love by serving others in our community and world.

FIVE INSIDE-OUT HABITS

Many organizations have values. At St. Luke’s church, we believe that values must be put into action, so our values are translated into five habits, designed to transform us inside the church that we might take God’s love outside the church.

We pray and worship
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.

 

WHO WE ARE

FAMILY OF MINISTRIES

St. Luke’s is a whole family of ministries, united by the Vision: A City Transformed by the Love of Jesus. St. Luke’s Church Council and other governance committees have responsibility for oversight of all the ministries in our family, as well as the relationship with our ministry partners. Each ministry has its own mission, target constituency, and leadership team, all working toward the same vision.

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. On February 22, 2015, The Story Houston was launched with the specific mission of reaching non-religious Houstonians. 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 Church Council is subject to and reports to the Church Conference and is the general governing body of St. Luke’s. The Council 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 Council may fill such position until the next Church Conference. The Chair of this Council shall preside over meetings in partnership with the Senior Pastor. This Council shall meet at least quarterly and as scheduled by its Chair.

Warren Fisher*Chair
Michael Lewis*Chair-Elect
Kristin Tillman*Past Chair
Vicki Keiser*Lay Leader
Andrew Limmer*Secretary
Michele Tyson*Treasurer
Bryan Fisher*Advancement Chair
Ken McKay*Board of Trustees Chair
Morgan DavisAt-Large (2019)
Reynolds LawninAt-Large (2019)
Cassandra McZealAt-Large (2019)
Stephen CarrollAt-Large (2020)
Sharon HemplerAt-Large (2020)
Tina MeloAt-Large (2020)
Sam AutryAt-Large (2021)
Tim HilpertAt-Large (2021)
Sherry RitchesonAt-Large (2021)
Tom Pace*Senior Pastor
Jennifer Boubel*Chief of Staff
Jennifer GouldExec. Director of Program Ministries
Eric HuffmanPastor, The Story Houston
Teresa RobertsonChief Financial Officer

* Members of Executive Committee

The Advancement Committee is charged with ensuring that St. Luke’s UMC has the financial and other resources necessary to fulfill its mission and that the mission and programs are effectively communicated to the congregation and broader community.

Bryan FisherChair Advancement
Kristin ReynoldsGenerosity Team Leader
Lance ReynoldsGenerosity Team Leader
Charlie HapgoodGenerosity Team Co-Leader
Kelly Beth HapgoodGenerosity Team Co-Leader
Nicole McWhorterAt-Large
Tom PaceSenior Pastor
Sydney CollieDirector of Generosity
Jennifer BoubelChief of Staff
Warren FisherChurch Council Chair (Ex-Officio)

The Finance & Operations Committee will provide stewardship of St. Luke’s UMC financial resources as well as counsel and oversight of SLUMC operations.

Michele TysonChair/Treasurer
Vicki KeiserLay Leader
Kristin TillmanChair Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Ken McKayChair Board of Trustees
Bryan FisherChair Advancement
Mark HawkinsIT Team Leader
Jack BrowderFacilities Team Leader
Stephen BairdAt-Large (2019)
Katie BaehlAt-Large (2020)
At-Large (2021)
Teresa RobertsonChief Financial Officer
Tom PaceSenior Pastor
Meredith SmouseAsst. Director of Finance (Ex-Officio)
Jennifer BoubelChief of Staff
Warren FisherChurch Council Chair (Ex-Officio)

The Lay Leadership Committee is charged with identifying, developing, deploying, evaluating and monitoring lay Christian spiritual leadership for St. Luke’s UMC.

Tom PaceChair/Senior Pastor
Vicki KeiserCo-Chair/Lay Leader (2019)
Seth McNewAt-Large (2019)
Steve GartrellAt-Large (2019)
Kevin HolmesAt-Large (2020)
Nancy WalkerAt-Large (2020)
Marian HilpertAt-Large (2020)
Asher KazmannAt-Large (2021)
Christy MooreAt-Large (2021)
Catherine WashingtonAt-Large (2021)
Jennifer GouldExec. Director of Program Ministries
Rebecca AlsupCoordinator of  Connecting Ministries
Eric HuffmanLead Pastor The Story Houston
David HortonTeaching Pastor Gesthsemane Campus
Jennifer BoubelChief of Staff
Warren FisherChurch Council Chair (Ex-Officio)

The Staff Parish Relations Committee will reflect biblically and theologically on the role and work of the pastor(s) and staff as they carry out their leadership responsibilities including to assist the pastor(s) and staff in assessing their gifts, maintaining health holistically and work-life balance and setting priorities for leadership and service.

Kristin TillmanChair/Past-Chair Church Council
Warren FisherChair Church Council
Vicki KeiserLay Leader
Steve NelsonAt-Large (2019)
Cathy GraberAt-Large (2019)
Chrissie VandevereAt-Large (2020)
Tom ClarkAt-Large (2020)
Chris HanslikAt-Large (2021)
Cheryl BryanAt-Large (2021)
Michael LewisChair-Elect Church Council
Tom PaceSenior Pastor
Jennifer BoubelChief of Staff
Teresa RobertsonChief Financial Officer

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 Church Council 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 Chief Financial Officer. This Board shall meet as scheduled by its Chair.

Church Trustees

Ken McKayChair (2020)
Don SinclairAt-Large (2019)
Beth CozbyAt-Large (2019)
Laif AfsethAt-Large (2019)
Collin CoxAt-Large (2020)
Linda GoehrsAt-Large (2020)
Kelty CrainAt-Large (2021)
Rachael GoydanAt-Large (2021)
D VermaAt-Large (2021)
Tom PaceSenior Pastor
Teresa RobertsonChief Financial Officer
Jennifer BoubelChief of Staff

The Church Conference shall be convened 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 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.

Lay Delegates to Annual Conference

Bob SampiereKen Blanchard
Martha WaltonSam Catli
Charlie WattsDavid McCarver
Christy WussowPaul Meyer

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