Chapelwood UMC, Houston, Texas
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Worshiping Communities
Ministry Mission Statement

Chapelwood is blessed to have five different worship communities, each of which is designed to meet the many and varied needs of the larger church community.

Whether you're a traditionalist or looking for something more upbeat, whether you speak English or Spanish, even if Sunday morning just doesn't work so well in your life, we've got the service for you.

Prefer the jeans and t-shirt approach? We do that. Rather have something meditative? Check. Take a look below at a short description of each of our worship communities, and consider yourself personally invited to attend any or all of them.

Chapelwood. Embodying God's grace as we receive it to those who need it.


Chapelwood hosts three services each Sunday morning in the Sanctuary, each with a distinctly different flavor and feel:

8:25 a.m. - Family worship:  
This service emphasizes tradition with warmth. This liturgical, yet multi-sensory service is a time where children are welcomed and trained in worship. Multi-generational families worship together in a high energy, yet meditative environment.

9:45 a.m. - Contemporary worship:
This service is a joyful time to worship a personal God through informal, friendly celebration. The relevant message, praise and worship songs, and choruses accompanied by a live band are presented in a high-energy atmosphere reinforced with "come as you are" attire and a welcoming feeling of community.

11:10 a.m. - Traditional worship:
This service is a reverent time to celebrate a holy, yet loving God´s nearness to us. Organ music, hymns, anthems, robed clergy, paraments, and altar candles are just a few of the elements of formal worship featured at this hour. A meditative atmosphere and relevant sermon provide the capstones for this warm, traditional approach to worship.

The Contemplative service offers a respite from the noise and "busyness" of life. Sunday morning, at 8:45 a.m. in the Chapel, pause, and be gently led into God´s presence.

The Upper Room is a collection of vibrant and growing community groups who meet during the week to share life and encourage each other´s faith, and join together Sunday mornings at 11:15 in the Upper Room.

Mercy Street´s mission is to create a safe harbor for the hurt, the lost, and the seeking so that everyone might experience the radical grace of God. Whether you have faith, struggle with your faith, or have lost your faith, Mercy Street opens its doors to everyone, no matter what faith, religion, addiction, or life experience.   

The Branch, formerly known as Esperanza, is Chapelwood´s Spanish-speaking ministry located at 3911 Campbell Road. This worship service is attended primarily by the large immigrant community that lives in the Spring Branch area north of Interstate 10. The Branch´s mission is to know (conocer), share (compartir), and celebrate (celebrar) the hope (eperanza) of God with Hispanic people in Houston.

Current Events
Lenten Devotionals 2/18/15  
Wisdom of the Wilderness Lenten Sermon Series 2/21/15  
Wisdom of the Wilderness Lenten Small Groups 2/22/15  
Easter Lily Dedications 2/25/15  
Lenten Noon Series 3/4/15  
Upper Room - The Release 3/25/15  
Maundy Thursday Worship 4/2/15  
Good Friday Service of Hope and Peace 4/3/15  
Family Picnic and Egg Hunt 4/4/15  
Easter - Mercy Street and The Branch 4/5/15  

Weekly Events
  8:25 a.m. 8:25 a.m. Blended Worship Service
  8:45 a.m. 8:45 a.m. Contemplative Worship with Holy Communion & Healing Prayer
  9:45 a.m. 9:45 Contemporary Worship Service
  10:30 a.m. Worship at The Branch
  11:10 a.m. 11:10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
  11:15 a.m. Upper Room Worship Service
  9:45 a.m. Single and Parenting Class
  12:00 a.m. Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
  12:00 a.m. Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
  12:00 a.m. Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
  12:00 a.m. Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
  12:00 a.m. Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
  5:30 p.m. Mercy Street Worship Service

Staff List

John Stephens
Senior Pastor, Pastor of Worshiping Ministry
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(713) 354-4443
Bob Johnson
Executive Pastor/Worship Communities Pastor
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(713) 354-4431
Bob Lindsey
Director of Music Ministry and Wesley Choir Director
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(713) 354-4495
Wayne Watson
Director of Contemporary Worship
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(713) 465-3467
Stephen Roddy
Director of Traditional Worship
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(713) 465-3467
Jerry Webber
Pastor of Contemplative Worship/Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality
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(713) 354-4477
Christian Washington
Pastor of Upper Room
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(713) 354-4408
Luis Palomo
Pastor of Hispanic Ministry
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(713) 895-8300
Gregg Taylor
Pastor of Mercy Street
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(713) 354-4401
Susan Hall
Administrative Assistant
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(713) 354-4456