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

March 1998
Ken Werlein, a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, was an Associate Pastor at a large church in The Woodlands when the Lord began to guide him in an unexpected direction. He was called to plant a new contemporary 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.

Official Launch

The official launch date was March 28, 1999, with over 400 people attending that first public service at Kleb. Five months later, a second Sunday worship option was added, and a full-time Worship Pastor was hired. Additional staff was hired as the congregation continued growing rapidly, and soon an anonymous donor gave $100,000 to jump-start a land campaign. Guided by a congregation-wide prayer campaign, Faithbridge purchased the 80 acres of land on which the Klein Campus now stands. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 13, 2005, with plans to start worshipping in the new 55,000 square foot building by the spring of 2006. 

First Permanent Campus

The first service in the new building was held on Palm Sunday of 2006. The following week, over 3,000 people attended the first Easter service in the church’s new home in Klein. It wasn’t long until Faithbridge began to outgrow its new space, adding portable buildings for the increasing needs of the children’s ministry. In December 2011, we doubled our worship capacity and opened a second worship venue.