4 Most Famous Churches in Houston
Houston is very well known for being home to some of America’s largest and fastest growing churches. According to Chron, the state of Texas is number two in the country (behind California) for megachurches, with 207 megachurches. If you are in need of some spiritual guidance, Houston is the place to be. Here is a list of the most famous churches in Houston.
Lakewood Church is located on the Southwest Freeway in Houston and is considered by some the largest church in America. The church is a nondenominational Christian church that accepts people from all religious backgrounds and walks of life. The church is run by Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria. This mega church has been often criticized because the pastor lives in a mansion in River Oaks, but Joel Osteen reported that he does not take a salary from the church. According the the Deseret News, the church brings in an average of 43,500 every week. Sermons at Lakewood Church are hosted at the Compaq Center which is the previous home to the Houston Rockets. The Compaq Center is where Joel and Victoria Osteen had their first date, at a Houston Rockets game.
Located downtown, this is the oldest church in Houston and is a historical landmark. The church was built in the 1800’s and boasts absolutely stunning Romanesque architecture. The building was formerly an old courthouse. Famous Texas architect Nicholas J. Clayton designed the bell tower and entrance of the building. Some services are still conducted in Latin.
This church is famous because it was originated from a small group of freed slaves. It is also known as the Red Brick Church and was built in 1875. It was the first brick structure built and owned by African Americans in Houston. Once Reverend Jack Yates was ordained in 1868, he conducted educational opportunities for other freed slaves at the Baptist Academy. The Baptist Academy taught traditional subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic but also gave the community important life skills training and encouraged students to start their own businesses. Currently, the church offers aid to the homeless residents of Houston and weekly lunch Bible Study.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church was started by donated land from Mrs. J. O. Ross who donated the land with the wish of having a Methodist Church built on it. It was built in 1909. Since then, additions have been made to expand in order to keep up with the growing congregation. Their community involvement includes homeless services, elementary school mentoring and the Emergency Aid Coalition.