UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH PORTER
Our church started in March of 1938 as a Sunday School meeting in a home. That small gathering soon outgrew the home, and a building was leased. In December of 1939, Unity Baptist Church of Houston was officially formed. It continued to grow and in the 1970’s, a large bus ministry was running. Several new buildings were built to house the hundreds of people attending each week.
In 2002 the church bought a new building and moved from Humble, TX to Porter, TX. Even with a new location, the Church remains the same. With a love for God, the following of Jesus Christ, and a passion for learning the Scripture.
The first meeting in the Porter location was in January of 2003. The church began to steadily grow and by the start of 2017, there were 80-100 people attending every Sunday morning.
Brother George Elledge had been with Unity Baptist Church for more than half its existence at that point. He came to the church as an Associate Pastor in 1970 and became Pastor in 1979. He had lovingly shepherded the people through good times and bad. In 2017, he decided it was time to retire. So, on October 1, 2017, Brother George retired after 47 years with Unity Baptist Church - 38 of those as its pastor.
Alan Keith had been Associate Pastor since December of 2015 and the church voted to call him as pastor when Brother George retired.
We are excited about how God will use us to touch the community in which he has placed us! Maybe he wants YOU to be part of what He has planned for us!
The Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association is an association of churches who span an area including Porter, Magnolia, Huntsville, and more. They encourage cooperation among the churches in the association and provide resources to those churches. They also help with the planting of new churches in the area and helping existing churches to grow. Their website is www.teba.org.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas is composed mostly of churches within Texas, as the name implies. This cooperative effort provides many ministries including several universities and seminaries, missions along the border with Mexico, disaster relief through Texas Baptist Men, campus ministries on most college and university campuses across the state, the Buckner home for children, and much more! Their website is www.texasbaptists.org.
The Southern Baptist Convention is not limited to the southern states, even though it was formed around the time of the Civil War. The cooperation is among churches around the world and the ministries also extend worldwide. Two of their best-known ministries are the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board, both of which are funded through donations from churches like ours. Their website is www.sbc.net.
Pastors over the years:
Cecil H. Wroten (1939-1941)
Woodrow W. Nesbit (1941-1945)
Harvey J. Dennis (1945-1953)
Gilbert R. Thornton (1953-1962)
Frank Boydstun (1966-1967)
Kenneth Coleman (1972-1979)
George J. Elledge (1979-2017)
Alan Keith (2017-2023)