ABOUT US

Rooted in the long-standing beliefs of all Christians, we hold firm to the same common beliefs held by all Christian communities.  We believe that God—though one God—is revealed to us in 3 persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We trust that our salvation comes through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a grace offered to us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and not through our works.  We believe that as humans we are selfish in our very nature, and this sinfulness is only overcome by the power of God.  We believe that God is active in giving us strength to live rightly through the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

WHO WE ARE

OUR WESLEYAN HERITAGE

As a Methodist Church, we do hold these distinctive beliefs and practices as part of our Wesleyan tradition:


Open communion: You do not have to be a member of the church or any church to participate in communion.
Infant baptism: We believe God’s grace is available even to children and celebrate this grace through the sacrament of baptism.
Confirmation: At 7th grade we offer an opportunity for our students to declare their personal faith, confirming their baptism, and become members of the church.
Grace: We believe that God works in our lives before we accept him, that he saves us through faith in Jesus Christ, and that He continues to grow us in faith.
Acts of service: We believe that faith alone saves us, but our faith is best expressed in acts of service and devotion to God.

OUR CORE VALUES

In addition to the core beliefs we hold and share with other Methodist Churches, we believe these values drive us in our commitment to our mission:


Christ centered ministry: Everything we do must be intentionally focused on Jesus Christ.
Biblically grounded teaching: The Bible is God's Word, given to us as the authoritative guide for what we believe and how we should live.
Spirit led transformation: The Holy Spirit transforms us as we connect with God through prayer and worship.
Reaching beyond ourselves: Christ calls us to seek out those in need of His love and salvation, because everyone matters to God.
Sharing life together: God invites us to be a community of grace, forgiveness, and unconditional love.

OUR GOALS

We believe that God has uniquely called us to be a church that helps lead familes from indifference, self-sufficiency, and brokenness to transformed living in Jesus Christ. Our goal is to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who belong to, believe in, and become like Jesus Christ.

 

Belong to – to be connected to Christ and to the family of God in an accountable ongoing
relationship.

Believe in – to have a personal encounter and growing relationship with Christ that saves me and changes me forever.

Become like – to continually surrender myself to God so everything I desire, think, and do
reflects Christ.

 

 

OUR BOARD OF STEWARDS

Friendswood Methodist's Board of Stewards is the top-level governing body of the church and is comprised of lay members and the senior pastor.

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OUR PASTORAL STAFF

Rev. Jim Bass

Senior Pastor

Rev. Jim Bass has been the Senior Pastor of Friendswood Methodist since his appointment in June 2006. Previous to coming to Friendswood, Jim has pastored churches in Alvin, East Texas, West Houston, and Beaumont. His greatest passion in ministry is to take the truths of God’s Word and show how they apply to daily life today. He graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in history and minor in Greek. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Perhaps Jim’s greatest strength is his wife Debbie, to whom he has been married for the past thirty years. They have two grown sons, Jeremy and Jason, each pursing God’s calling into ministry. When not engaged in ministry, Jim enjoys kayak fishing, reading and relaxing at the beach, and spending time with Debbie in Galveston.

Rev. Howard Huhn

Executive Pastor

Rev. Howard Huhn serves as our Executive Pastor overseeing the staff and facilities of Friendswood Methodist. A native Houstonian, he has a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.Div. from Asbury Seminary. Howard is married to Krystal and they have two children. Krystal is a local realtor with Stanfield Properties. They are both very active in the community, particularly with the Friendswood Band. Howard is a published author and maintains a personal blog at holymustard.com. He has served in full time ministry since 1999 and is the 2006 recipient of the Copeland Award for Evangelism by the Texas Annual Conference.

Rev. Sam McRae

Missions and Outreach Pastor

Rev. Sam McRae serves as the Associate Pastor of Missions and Outreach at Friendswood Methodist Church. Pastor Sam is originally from San Diego, CA which explains why he loves wearing a fanny pack and thinks In-N-Out is better than Whataburger. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Biola University in La Mirada, CA with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management with a Minor in Biblical Studies in 2013. Pastor Sam graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY with a Masters of Divinity in 2017. He met his wife Katie in KY and they have 4 children (Ridley, Silas, Zeke and Jordan). Pastor Sam is passionate about missions, small business, conversations on theology, stewardship, adoption, and discipleship. Since joining Friendswood Methodist Church in 2019, Pastor Sam has loved learning how passionate the church is about community outreach, children’s ministry, and growing closer to our Lord.

Rev. Craig Gilbert

Worship and Music Pastor

With over 25 years of experience leading and designing worship for churches of all sizes, Rev. Dr. Gilbert is a qualified expert in the area of worship renewal. A gifted speaker, teacher and writer with an international reputation, Rev. Dr. Gilbert has provided guidance to many churches across the country as well as personally instructing over 5,000 worship pastors and worship leaders from across the globe on a variety of congregational worship issues. Craig is a national faculty member of the National Worship Leader Conference, member of the Advisory Board of Worship Leader Magazine, former contributing editor to Worship Sound and Song Magazine, and founder and Director of TheWorshipDoctor.com worship leader training and development ministry.

HELPING PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS