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1320 Main Street @ Clay
Houston, TX 77002
832-668-1800
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  10570 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX 77042
713-458-4700
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 1-800-652-2999

 
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Dr. Stephen P. Wende
Senior Pastor
Phone: 832-668-1839 
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    Administrative Asst: Brenda Kenney
    Phone: 832-668-1839
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After serving churches in south Texas and San Antonio, Dr. Wende was appointed to his present position in 2001 as senior pastor of First Methodist Houston.

Dr. Wende is a noted speaker and serves as contributing editor for Preaching Magazine. He has been recognized for his work in the areas of spiritual growth, evangelism, and mission outreach. In addition, he has served in numerous leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, including the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, the Task Force on Evangelism, and election to the last six United Methodist General and Jurisdictional Conferences.

Due to his high interest in the welfare of the community, Dr. Wende has served as a Director of the Methodist Hospital of Houston, a Director of the Texas Methodist Foundation, a Trustee of Huston-Tillotson University, a Trustee of Houston Christian High School, a Commissioner of the Methodist Home of Waco and Trustee of Texas Wesleyan College.

A native Texan, Dr. Wende graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 with high honors. In 1976 he received a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and in 1992 his Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is married to Karin Susan Wende, a noted Bible scholar and teacher. They have two children: Michelle and her family live and work in Washington, D.C., while Meredith is the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Wharton, Texas.

At First Methodist Houston, Dr. Wende serves a church begun in 1839. In 1910, the congregation moved to the corner of Main and Clay streets with the building of the present downtown sanctuary. Over the years the church has founded, First Choice Television, Wesley Community Center, Clarewood House Retirement Home, and Christian Alliance Ministry. In 1993 the church added a second campus to better serve the west side of the city. The Westchase campus offers additional worship opportunities, the Wesley Academy (for grades K-8) and the Quillian Recreational Center. In 2013, the congregation completed the first phase of a full renovation of the downtown facility to provide for the many younger members joining.

Dr. Wende, the forty-seventh pastor of First Methodist, continues to lead the congregation in its strong tradition of outstanding preaching and music, multi-cultural ministries to all ages and loving service to the city and the world.

Dr. Paul Clines 
Campus Pastor - Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4782
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    Administrative Asst: Dionne Holbert
    Phone: 713-458-4759
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Stan Adams
Director of Engineering
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1868
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Rev. Kaitlyn Bowie
Associate Pastor
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1879
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Linda Calvert
Coordinator of Membership Records
Downtown & Westchase Campuses
Phone: 832-668-1807
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Candice Davis
Lead Staff to Children, Family & Student Ministries
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1862
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      Lisa Irwin
      Assistant Director of Sunday Nursery & Preschool,
            and Main Street Indoor Park
      Downtown Campus
      Phone: 832-668-1812
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     Shernetria Tate-Woodley
      Early Childhood Coordinator
      Downtown Campus
      Phone: 832-668-1896
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     Christine Decker
     Children & Family Coordinator
     Downtown Campus
     Phone: 832-668-1894    
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Jamie Daughdrill
Co-Director of Ripple Children's Ministry
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4728
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Aaron Ferguson
Director of Student Ministry
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1800
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Joe Flores
Lead Staff to Communications and First Choice Ministries
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1854
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    Administrative Asst: Kim James
    Phone: 832-668-1819
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Tom Gaden
Director of Quillian Center & Seniors Ministry
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4705
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     Karen Wallis
     Associate Director
     Phone: 713-458-4707
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Rev. Terence Hagans
Associate Pastor &
Lead Staff to Contemporary Worship & Young Adults
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1838
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Rev. Cy Helm
Associate Pastor 
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4758
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Rev. Humberto Hernandez
Lead Staff to Hispanic Ministry
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1858
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    Administrative Asst: Luisa Kenny
    Phone: 832-668-1827
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Allen Houk
Lead Staff to Fund Development
Downtown & Westchase Campuses
Phone: 832-668-1834
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    Administrative Asst: Brenda Kenney
    Phone: 832-668-1839
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Gale Houk
Manager of Hidden Treasures Books & Gifts Stores
Downtown & Westchase Campuses
Phone: 832-668-1876
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    Asst. Manager: Lyle Riggs
    Phone: 832-668-1876
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Kristen Jones
Lead Staff to Missions
Downtown and Westchase Campuses
Phone: 832-668-1856
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    Administrative Asst: Kim James
    Phone: 832-668-1819
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    Kathrin Meier
    Program Director         
    Neighbors In Action
     Phone: 832-343-8105
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Jay Klingenberg
Director of Operations
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4700
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    Administrative Asst: Dionne Holbert
     Phone: 713-458-4759
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    Bill Wilson
    Asst. Director of Facilities
    Westchase Campus
    Phone: 713-458-4757
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Steve Littlefield
Director of Worship
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4771
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      Administrative Asst.: Bonnie King
      Phone: 713-458-4799
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Stephen Mackey
Director of Student Ministry
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4726
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Teressa Mackey
Co-Director Ripple Children's Ministry
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4721
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      Administrative Asst.: Windy Wike
      Phone: 713-458-4732
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Ken McLemore
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 832-668-1842
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     Karen Sprague
     Sr. Financial Assistant and
     Human Resources Coordinator
     Phone: 832-668-1826
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Robin Milutin
Coordinator of Women's Ministry
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1861
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      Administrative Asst.: Susie Horr
      Phone: 832-668-1821
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Dr. Terry Morris
Lead Staff to Music & Fine Arts
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1823
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      Administrative Asst: Rebecca Holland
      Phone: 832-668-1824
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     Organist: Jay Whatley
     Phone: 832-668-1820
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Dr. David Pendergrass
Minister of Discipleship
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4700
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      Administrative Asst: Dionne Holbert
      Phone: 713-458-4759
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Elaine Pendergrass
Head of School,
Wesley Academy
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4711
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      Administrative Asst: Lynette Thompson
      Phone: 713-458-4769
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Ismael Rivera
Director of Production
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4761
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      Administrative Asst.: Bonnie King
      Phone: 713-458-4799
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Samantha Rivera
Communications Coordintor
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4790
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Judy Saenz
Lead Staff to Building, Events, Funerals, Seniors and Women's Ministries
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1836
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      Beryle Woods
      Church Hostess
      Downtown Campus
      Phone: 832-668-1844
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Juanette Sides
Director of Lifeline Ministry
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1873
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Rev. Ann Spears
Associate Pastor &
Staff Coordinator, and Lead Staff to Connecting, Weddings and Worship Ministries
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1853
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     Administrative Asst: Susie Horr
     Phone: 832-668-1821
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Rev. Charles Thompson
Associate Pastor &
Lead Staff to In Touch Care, Adult Sunday School and Men's Ministry
Downtown Campus
Phone: 832-668-1840 or 832-668-1882
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    Administrative Asst: Amy Coleman
    Phone: 832-668-1879
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Debbie Wallis
Director of Care & Connection and Wedding Ministries
Westchase Campus
Phone: 713-458-4797
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     Administrative Asst: Marj Cujko
     Phone: 713-458-4723
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