St. Martin's Episcopal Church (Houston, Texas)

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St. Martin's is an Episcopal church in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. It is where former president George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush are members. It is also the second largest parish, and the largest in terms of average weekly attendance. About 10% of those confirmed in the Episcopal faith in Texas are confirmed at St. Martin's.[citation needed]


Brief history

The church was founded by Rev. J. Thomas Bagby on September 1, 1952. The first service was held in a house on Post Oak Road with 125 people in attendance.[1]

In 1954, 4 acres (16,000 m2) of land on Sage Road was purchased by the congregation and the first church building was constructed. This building is now Founders' Hall. A large expansion, which added a new Chapel, parlor, offices and classrooms, was completed in 1959.[1]

In 1983, Rev. Bagby retired at the age of 72 as the leader on the church, and Rev. Claude E. Payne became the second Rector on August 28, 1983. Rev. Payne served at St. Martin until 1993, when he was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.[1]

The church building

The current church building was completed on Easter Sunday 2004.[1]

The new building (with spires and antennae reaching 188 feet (57 m) into the sky) was designed by Jackson & Ryan Architects and has been featured on the covers of three national magazines: Civil Engineering magazine (April 2005), Modern Steel Construction magazine (May 2005) and Structure magazine (December 2005), and has won numerous awards.[2] Its architecture is based on the Gothic Elisabethkirche in Marburg, Germany.



  1. ^ a b c d "The History of St. Martin's". St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Archived from the original on 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  2. ^ "Award Winning Projects". Matrix Structural Engineers, Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-05-04.
  3. ^ The Largest Congregations in the The Episcopal Church

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