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What We Believe

At St. Mary's UMC, Houston we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. 


What is a United Methodist?

United Methodists, founded by John Wesley, are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value intellect and modern science, while at the same time look to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion. 

Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in their faith.

Methodists have open hearts, and open minds--and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.


If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 713-747-1150 and ask to speak to one our pastor or email us at

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