Grace United Church of Christ, Houston Texas

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In 2008 Gethsemane UCC and Evangel UCC merged as one congregation. As a sign of our unified congregation and reflective of the spirit of our merger made possible by the grace of God, both Evangel and Gethsemane adopted the new name of Grace United Church of Christ for our congregation.

Gethsemane began with the decision of the Houston Missions Committee in 1961 to establish a UCC in Southwest Houston.  Committed individuals met in homes and local elementary schools for worship, fellowship, and ministry. A two-acre tract of land was purchased at the intersection of Gessner and Beechnut on May 21st, 1962.  On June 30th, 1963, the congregation selected the name Gethsemane United Church of Christ.  In January 1964 a charter was drafted with forty-nine members.  The first building was dedicated in 1967 and enlarged and renovated in 1977.  In 1990 Gethsemane UCC moved to its present site and burned the note in 2001.  Mission has been an important part of our history including establishing the Sharpstown Bread Pantry, being an organizing partner of Southwest Area Ministries, sponsoring refugee families from Cambodia and Haiti, participating in CROP Hunger Walks, and a stronger supporter of Our Church's Wider Mission fund of the United Church of Christ.  Four pastors have served Gethsemane UCC: Rev. Richard N. Zulauf 1963-1967, Rev. Gilbert F. Bumb 1967-1974, Rev. Barney Federwisch 1974-2001 and Rev. David Pantermuehl 2002-present.

We look forward to welcoming you this Sunday as we join our hearts in the Spirit of Jesus as we lift our praises to God.
  • Youth Group
    Monthly activities, which include social and community outreach events
  • Senior Citizens Fellowship
    Monthly activities, which include day trips to cultural locations
  • Graceful Diners
    Quarterly activities, which include dining and fellowship at local restaurants
  • Men's Group
    Monthly group meeting for social as well as informational activities
  • All-church Events
    Quarterly activities such as picnics, potlucks and game nights


  • Respond to the needs of individuals and families
  • Facilitate communication among members
  • Provide opportunities for small group fellowship
  • Responsible for the fellowship hour after Sunday worship.
Grace UCC has a strong music program that includes traditional and contemporary music making use of a variety of instruments. Join us in making a joyful noise to the Lord!

Vision Statement

A welcoming, diverse, inclusive Christian community.

We pledge ourselves to:

Grace United Church of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, endeavors to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.  We promise to:

Deepen our Christian commitment and our understanding of all people;

Promote an open and spiritual worship experience through praise, prayer and celebration;

Minister to our ever-changing spiritual needs;

Extend opportunities for faith exploration education, service, fellowship, and outdoor ministries;

Dedicate the church’s resources to meet the needs of those near and far;

Develop outreach programs for the community;

Honor the church’s Christian heritage as we remain open to the future.

    Soaring With The Spirit


    8515 Brookwulf Drive
    Houston, Texas 77072
    PH: 281-575-7866

    Worship 10:00 AM Sunday School for all ages 11:30 AM