We’re a diverse community that embraces all people, regardless! Everyone is welcome all the time and would feel at home with us. Come as you are!

The following information is helpful for visitors and guests.  
 
 LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
Houston Mennonite Church
is located at
1231 Wirt Road
Houston, TX 77055.

Coming from the East and West: We are just north of I-10 by a half-mile and just west of the 610 Loop by 2 miles. Take the Wirt/Voss Road exit off I-10. Travel north on Wirt Road about half a mile, you’ll go past our building which is on your left (there’s no way to turn into our driveway when traveling north). Make a U-turn on Wirt to reverse course, and turn right into our driveway at 1231.

Coming from the North: Take the Bingle Road exit off 290 and head south for several miles. In order, the major roads you will cross will be 43rd, Hempstead, Kempwood, Hammerly, and Longpoint. Turn left on the next road, Westview. Travel east on Westview for about a mile to the second light. Turn right onto Wirt Road at this light and find our building a half-mile past Westview on the right.

From within the Spring Branch region of Houston: Travel east or west on Kempwood, Hammerly, Longpoint or Westview until you get to Wirt Road, which runs parallel to Bingle on the west and Antoine to the east. Travel south on Wirt Road (past Hammerly, Longpoint, and Westview). We are half a mile south of Westview on the right.

SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
10:45am – Worship.
9:30am – Sunday School for all ages.
Childcare is provided for ages 0 – 5 during all worship services and during Sunday School (except in the summer).

CONTACT INFORMATION
If you would like to speak with the pastor, please call (281) 783-9070 or email HMC at houstonmennonite@gmail.com
Note that the phone number above will always go to voicemail; please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT
What can you expect if you decide to visit us on a Sunday morning?

We’re a vibrant, friendly, small community and we love being together. So you’ll probably walk in on us chatting and enjoying each other’s company, sipping coffee, and listening to music. We’re fairly casual in our dress, with everything from jeans and t-shirts to sweaters, skirts, and an occasional tie.

You’ll likely be greeted warmly by several members (including greeters, our pastor, regular folks). We’ll hand you a bulletin, and invite you to grab a warm cup of coffee and to make yourself at home, then show you to our sanctuary.
 
Our sanctuary is arranged in the “round,” reflecting our strong theology of community and allowing us to see one another face to face. We also find it meaningful to have Christ at our center represented by altar, Bible, and candle. Gathering around Christ reflects our Anabaptist theology of seeing Christ as our cornerstone.

Our worship is engaging, and filled with a variety of singing styles, children’s story, scripture reading, conversational call-to-worship, an open sharing & prayer time, and a sermon usually shared by our pastor, Marty Troyer (though we also believe in the importance of every voice, so you’ll sometimes hear from other members of the community, especially over the summer). We believe that our worship is what shapes us into the image of Christ, and forms us to be faithful disciples in our lives once we leave. We also feel that we’re made stronger when guests join us for worship. So feel free to join in at whatever level you are comfortable. 

Children of all ages are welcome at HMC! We have a children’s message in each worship service, and childcare is available for children ages 0 – 5 in each service and during the 9:30am – 10:30am Sunday School hour (except during Summer Break).

Our building is simple, reflecting our hope to find goodness in the little things of life. You won’t find anything fancy or shiny inside our sanctuary. Just a group of people thankful to be on The Journey with each other.

You are welcome to join us. Come as you are! See you Sunday at 10:45am.

PARKING & ENTRANCES
Parking is in a state of flux right now! The lot directly behind us is being developed for construction and our parking lot and driveway are often limited in accessibility (including being partially torn up). There are still a few parking spaces so please feel free to look for a spot directly behind the church building and enter through the door next to our Peace Pole.
However, if the lot is full, you’ll need to try one of the following:
– The grassy field directly on the other side of the building (you’ll have to be heading south on Wirt to enter; look for markers at the entrance) and then come in through the doors on that same side of the building.
– If it’s been raining, the field won’t be a good place to park (you may get stuck in the soft ground) so try surface streets directly to the north or east of HMC. Walk across Wirt if necessary (be careful!) and enter HMC through either set of doors.

We’re sorry our parking situation is sub-optimal right now! It’s temporary and we hope to be back to normal soon.

INSIDE THE BUILDING
Once inside, you will walk in to a medium-width hallway, and likely be greeted by one of our church members and handed a bulletin.
The sanctuary will be straight in to your left.
Bathrooms and drinking fountain are an immediate left after you come in the front doors. Nursery and childcare space are straight and to your right.
The pastor’s office is immediately to your right inside the front door.

Our Pastor

Marty Troyer is the pastor of Houston Mennonite Church. Before moving to Houston in the fall of 2008, he was a youth pastor for nine years in Oregon and Kansas. Marty loves Houston, and finds himself feeling right at home here at HMC. In early 2012, Marty and his wife Hannah committed to being at Houston Mennonite Church for another 4 years.

Marty is thrilled to be married to Hannah and to be the proud daddy to Malakai, Clara and Ruby. The family’s best friend is their dog named Chubs. Actually, their best friends are people, but they really do like Chubs a lot. Marty grew up just outside of Columbus, Ohio. He has three siblings, three post-high school diplomas (including one from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2008), and 1,303 key chains.

He loves reading novels, being outside, and spending as much time as possible with family. He’s passionate about peace, social justice, and spreading grace to each person in Houston. He would love to meet you sometime!

Marty blogs for the Houston Chronicle as The Peace Pastor; you can find his blog here: The Peace Pastor. His first book, The Gospel Next Door, was published in 2016.

15 Responses to “Visitors & Guests”

  1. chris evans Says:

    Hi, I am planning to visit Houston next June while I look for work as a special education teacher. I am from Evanston, an urban suburb of Chicago and have been part of a Mennonite community there for 17 years. We have hospitality apartments in our community. I was wondering if you all did? Or, can you recommend anyone who offers rooms for a fee?

    Chris Evans

  2. Ms.Bryan Says:

    I am a member of the First Mennonite Church here in Indianapolis. I used to live in Houston/Pasadena and recently my step-mom passed away and her assets are under a trust. I will inherit 1/4 of the estate and need some help on this.

    I would like to see if your church has someone who does probate law and who can help me. I need a representative in Houston/Pasadena as I am so far away.

    If there is not a probate attorney, maybe someone knows of a reasonable and good attorney they can recommend. My phone number is below.

    Many thanks,
    Ms.Bryan
    317.908.4561


  3. Hello, folks!

    Just thought I’d drop a quick “hiya” note. I had the pleasure of fellowshipping with y’all 5 years ago during the time when refugees from Hurricane Katrina were guesting in Houston. I remember fondly the welcome I had from your pastor at that time and the blessings I received from you as a home-church away from home.

    God bless!

    Rob Martin

  4. Bill Stone Says:

    Marty,

    I enjoyed meeting you on Sunday and I enjoyed the church service and your sermon message. Keep up the good work, and I would like to have lunch with you some day.

    Bill Stone
    lonestone@att.net

  5. HMC Pastor Says:

    Bill Stone, Good morning from Kansas. I enjoyed meeting you Sunday at Houston Mennonite. Thanks for joining us, and for your kind email. I would love to have coffee with you sometime when I get back. It’d be an honor to get to know you some. Stay in touch!

    I hope your day is filled with joy! Peace,

    Marty Troyer Pastor, Houston Mennonite Church Cell: (713)835-9436 Church: (713)464-4865 http://www.houstonmennonite.org Blogging as The Peace Pastor at blog.chron.com/thepeacepastor/

  6. Rhonda Says:

    Wow how amazing.I have greatly enjoyed reading on your website.I never knew you or your church exists until 1/2 an hour ago.I have been blessed in knowing you and people like you are out there.I wish.God Bless you,your congregation and all GODS creation.Please dear Father in Heaven save us from ourselves and forgive us because alot of us just don’t know what we are doing.Living in darkness.Frightened,angry,confused.I feel so lost.Wish I were home so my children and I could attend your church.Pray for us because we live under difficult circumstances.R.L.S.

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  10. Mary Jaco Says:

    Mary Jaco attended the Second Annual Jazz Concert Benefitting The Houston Committee for Youth and NonMilitary Opportunities, Inc.
    I would like to thank your Peace Pastor ( I love this title) for hosting this wonderful event, and for all your work and your blog to help our youth make an educated decision about their future.
    May God continue to Bless wonderul Rev. Marty Troyer and the Houston Mennonite Church. Amituofo, mj

  11. Natalie Helmuth Says:

    Hi. Im glad I found this I’m not Mennonite but I would love to be. my mom grew up Mennonite and my grandma grew up Amish. I went to a Mennonite church in Kansas with my grandparents this summer in Hutchison. And I loved it. But like all summer vacations it had to end I had to come home to south east Texas. And the closest Mennonite church I knew of was in bastrop

  12. Pat Morgan Says:

    I read your intro about how your were a community based church doing out reach in your community and how your were a loving friendly community and welcomed guests. That was not my expierence, the friendly part. No one spoke to me or welcomed me to the service. I tried to talk to a few people and they ignored me. The one person I asked ?’s of actled like they wanted to get away from me. I wanted a place to be a part of. I got that this church is insular. They were friendly to those they knew but not to someone they didn’t recognise as a part of thier group.. Not a place I would like to revisit. My pastor use to say ” noone cares what you know untill they know that you care.


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