History and Governance2018-07-31T12:59:02-05:00

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

2018
Kenny Mercado
Stacey Gillman Wimbish
Mark Kidd

2019
Beth Cozby
Laif Afseth
Don Sinclair

2020
Collin Cox
Linda Goehrs
Ken McKay

Church Officers

Chairman – Mark Kidd
President – Tom Pace III
Vice President – Teresa Robertson

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.