Windsor Village United Methodist Church

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Windsor Village United Methodist Church is a Methodist church in Windsor Village in far Southwest Houston, Texas. It is headed by Kirbyjon Caldwell. In 2013 the church had 17,045 members, making it the largest Methodist church in the United States. The church membership is mostly black; as of 2001 the church is one of six mostly black Methodist churches in the U.S. with a membership of over 3,000 members, and one of 94 churches total with a membership of over 3,000.[1] In 2006 it was also one of the largest Black churches in the US.[2] In 2003 6,000 people attended each Sunday morning or Saturday evening service.[3]

History[edit]

In 1982 Windsor Village UMC had 25 members. Kirbyjon Caldwell became the pastor of the church during that year.[1]

In 2005 Kathy Taylor, the church soloist, and the church announced plans to record a live gospel CD.[4]

Activities[edit]

The church has over 90 ministries.[5] The church oversees The Imani School, a private elementary and middle school,[6] and it is one of the church's ministries.[5] Kingdom Builders Business Corp. serves as the church's nonprofit division.[7] The church established nine non-profit organizations since 1982. The Power Center, is a 104,000-square-foot (9,700 m2) complex intended to promote economic growth, is one of its non-profit projects.[1]

Leader's High School for Business and Economic Success, a Houston Independent School District charter school, is located on the church property.[8]

Relationship with Windsor Village community[edit]

Mary Ann Fergus of the Houston Chronicle said in 2003 that Windsor Village "residents differ in their view of this neighbor. Some say the church draws nothing but traffic and that Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell and his staff are not as involved in the civic club as they were 20 years ago. Others contend the church has always been an asset and recently improved the neighborhood via its developmental arm, Pyramid Community Development Corp."[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Houston has largest Methodist church." Associated Press at The Victoria Advocate. Saturday March 10, 2001. 4D. Retrieved from Google News (25 of 27) on October 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Swartz, Mimi. "The Gangstas of Godwin Park." (Alt) Texas Monthly. June 1, 2006. Retrieved on November 2, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Fergus, Mary Ann. "Neighborhoods / Coming back to life / Windsor Village is regaining its neighborhood identity." Houston Chronicle. Thursday July 31, 2003. Houston 1. Retrieved on December 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Morris, Mike. "Kathy Taylor, Windsor Village church to record live gospel CD." Houston Chronicle. Thursday November 11, 2010. Retrieved on October 16, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Howard, Judith Lynn. "Pastor says caring is church's duty Houstonian speaks at SMU program." The Dallas Morning News. February 3, 1993. Retrieved on October 18, 2011. "The church that Mr. Caldwell pastors, Windsor Village, has more than 90 ministries, including the Imani School for Young Children,[...]"
  6. ^ Niebuhr, Gustav. "Churches Bestow Aid `to Save the Soul of the Community' Series: CRITICAL CONDITION: THE STATE OF AMERICA'S CITIES Series Number: occ." The Washington Post. September 21, 1993. A01. Retrieved on October 18, 2011. Available on LexisNexis.
  7. ^ Vara, Richard. "Windsor Village church to offer pediatric clinic." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday April 25, 2006. Retrieved on October 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "No injuries in fire at charter school on church campus." Houston Chronicle. Friday February 5, 2010. Retrieved on October 16, 2012.

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Coordinates: 29°37′19″N 95°28′22″W / 29.6220°N 95.4728°W / 29.6220; -95.4728