Trinity UMC Houston Celebrates Founder’s Day

Date Posted: 2/23/2011

February is Black History Month. It is a time when America acknowledges and celebrates the contributions the African American community has made to the history and culture of America.


This year, Trinity UMC Houston will likewise, acknowledge and celebrate a milestone in its history.  The congregation will began a weekend of celebratory events to highlight 146 years of service and Christian witness in Houston, Texas.


Historical Background

In 1843, when the city of Houston was being planned, the Allen brothers donated a parcel of land for the creation of a Methodist church.  On March 2 of that year, a cornerstone was laid for the first brick church in Texas.


Records show that in the afternoon, worship services were held by a presiding Elder in the church for 32 Negro members. In 1848, an African Mission was organized and with it, the Methodist Episcopal Church South – a small frame building was built. During that time, Methodists and Baptists used the building for worship services.


After the civil war, Rev. Elias Dibble and other members of the mission church met and decided to organize a Methodist church. As they say, the rest is history.


Trinity UMC has flourished through relocations, storms, fires and civil unrest. The church has served (and continues to serve) the Third Ward community and beyond through ministries geared toward spreading the love of Christ to everyone.


Looking Toward the Future

Trinity continues to build on its legacy of faith in action and hope for the future. It has established strong ties to the community through such ministries as serving as an after-school site for children involved in the Project Row House organization, the annual BMCR Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast fundraiser and the distribution of food and clothing for the homeless. The church remains faithful to its mission of spreading Christ’s love to others.


A Founder’s Day celebration will began Saturday, March 5 with a scholarship gala to be held at the Hilton Hobby Airport Hotel in Houston, Texas; culminating with a worship service March 6 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker for the event will be Rev. Frederick G. Outlaw, District Superintendent of the Baypines district in the Alabama-West Florida Conference.


Rev. Outlaw received a master’s degree from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979. He also holds a masters degree in education from Tuskegee University.


He has served in the mission field in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and he represented the United Methodist Church in establishing a relationship between Methodists in Cuba and the United States.


For more information about attending the festivities for the Founder’s Day celebration, visit the church’s web site, or call the church at 713-528-2356.