Faithbridge is a vibrant church helping families, mending marriages, exalting Christ, and serving in practical ways within the church and throughout the community. More and more people, across all generations, are coming to worship, growing closer to God, and joining in fellowship with each other through small and large group Bible studies. Faithbridge is stronger and more focused than ever on its mission to make more and stronger disciples of Jesus Christ by being a bridge of faith to people every day.
The Early Days
Ken Werlein, a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, was an Associate Pastor at The Woodlands United Methodist Church when the Lord began to guide him in an unexpected direction. He was called to plant a new contemporary Methodist church in the northwest Houston/Klein area. In March 1998, Ken asked 40 friends to become prayer partners for one year, lifting up both him and the new church daily.
The first of many “Come and See” informational meetings was held in the summer of 1998 to explore the possibility of helping start a new church. A core group soon formed, and the seven-member team began meeting weekly as a small group and visiting other churches in the Houston area.
The first weekly Sunday morning worship service was held at a Kids-R-Kids day care center on December 13, 1998. Eighty-seven people attended the service, and two weeks later that number would almost double for the Christmas Eve service. Soon a Youth Pastor, Children’s Director, and Office Coordinator became the first to join Ken on staff. The growing church quickly exceeded the space available in the day care center and, through prayer, was able to secure Kleb Intermediate School as its new worship venue. Faithbridge began to prepare for a public launch. Mailers introducing Faithbridge went out to 30,000 households in the northwest community.