Christ the King

      Episcopal Church

Although now situated and established on the west side of Lake Houston in the northeast area of Harris County known as Atascocita, Christ the King was started in October 1977 on the east side of Lake Houston, to serve Episcopalians in the communities of Crosby and Huffman. These parishioners had previously attended church in Liberty, 30 miles to the east, or in Baytown, only slightly closer and south. As Crosby and Huffman grew, the idea of having a mission serving the east side of Lake Houston blossomed. The rector of Liberty's St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, the Reverend Gordon B. Gudger, Jr., initially held services for the group of worshippers in private homes and at the library of Huffman Elementary School.
Within a short period of time, the group decided to organize and petition the Episcopal Diocese of Texas for admission as an organized mission congregation. Christ the King Episcopal Church was chosen as the name for the fledgling community of worshippers, reflecting the faith and commitment of those setting out on the venture. Twenty confirmed adult Episcopalians signed the petition, and in February 1978, at the 129th Council of the Diocese of Texas, Christ the King Episcopal Church was admitted as an organized mission. Father Gudger, still the rector of St. Stephen's, was named priest-in-charge.
The Reverend Christopher Prince became the first resident vicar of the mission on January 1, 1980, and served Christ the King in that capacity for the next 8 1/2 years. When Father Prince first joined the church, services were still being held in an assortment of borrowed venues. In September 1980, however, Christ the King moved into its first permanent building, a 5,000 square foot structure in Huffman.
By 1986, the Diocese of Texas had determined that Atascocita was the most strategic location for the mission, and Bishop Benitez began to encourage the parishioners of Christ the King to be "pioneers" by considering a move across Lake Houston to Atascocita. The Reverend James Abernathy assumed the duties of vicar in September 1988. Under his leadership, the Huffman church was sold, and on January 2, 1990, Christ the King made its way across the FM 1960 Lake Houston Bridge to Atascocita.
During a very colorful phase of its history, Christ the King worshipped in a strip center storefront space. With no curtains on the windows and an outdoor bell rung lustily before  each service. Customers at Wal-Mart, Kroger and Eckerd found themselves visually and audibly confronted with the timeless worship of God in the midst of their Sunday morning shopping trips! The current building was completed in late 1991, and the first services in it were held on All Saint's Day, 1991.
Twenty-three years after becoming an organized mission, in February 2001, Father Abernathy led the parade at the 152nd Council of the Diocese of Texas, as Christ the King was admitted as a self-supporting parish of the Diocese. Father Abernathy retired in June 2001. Christ the King was served by the Reverend William Dunn from August 2001 until February 2005. The Reverend Margaret Williams served us from July 2005 until her retirement in May 2009.

Father David Nelson joined Christ the King in March of 2011 and is our current rector.

​In his tenure at Christ the King, Father David has increased our congregation both in terms of the number of parishioners and in our surroundings. We have expanded our Outreach to include an annual Breakfast with Santa. With the help of dozens of volunteers and partnerships within our community we provide a free breakfast and free photo with Santa to any family that visits.

In January of 2014 under his leadership our parish committed itself thru a Capital Campaign to creating additional space for our congregation. As a result of this commitment we dedicated a new Parish Hall on August 23rd, 2017! It is a 2800 square foot space that allows us to gather for Christian education, fellowship, receptions, and youth gatherings.

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