Our History

The History of Southwest Presbyterian Church

A home Bible study began in September 1988 for the specific purpose of planting a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church in the Texas Medical Center/Southwest Houston area. This Bible study, a church planting activity of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Houston, was led by Church Planting Pastor William Fitzhenry. The Bible study group was composed of twelve members of Covenant Presbyterian Church who expressed an interest in this endeavor.
 
Southwest Presbyterian Church celebrated its inaugural worship service in January 1989. This church gathered at the Sheltering Arms Day Center. Pastors Joseph Pipa, Thomas Hoolsema and Bill Fitzhenry participated in the service.
 
The Bible Study group was first called the Inner Loop Mission. The congregation chose the permanent name, Southwest Presbyterian Church (PCA), in August 1989 to denote a general location of present and future ministry in Houston.
 
Worship services were held on Sunday evenings from February through April 1989. Sunday morning worship services began in May 1989.
 
In October 1991, the mission church petitioned South Texas Presbytery to become a particular church. That petition was granted, and plans were made to organize, elect officers and call a full-time pastor. The church called Rev. David Wakeland, Muscle Shoals, AL, as Pastor; the church was formally organized; and Elders were elected in January 1992. The building in which we meet was purchased in 1994 and adjacent properties were acquired over the next several years. The church called Rev. Ken Thurman as Associate Pastor in July 2003. The church recently began efforts toward building a new structure to house offices and classrooms.
 
The current membership is about 175.