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St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church : Our History
On February 11, 2018, a meeting of the Northwest Houston and the surrounding area Mar Thoma members of Trinity MTC and Immanuel MTC were held at the residence of Mr. Thomas Chris Cherian to discuss further the feasibility of forming a Mar Thoma congregation in Northwest quadrant and surrounding areas of greater Houston. Approximately 80 people participated in the meeting along with Very Rev. Cherian Thomas, Rev. Johnson Thomas Unnithan (Vicar- Immanuel MTC), Rev. Mathews Philip (Vicar- Trinity MTC), Rev. Abraham Varghese (associate Vicar – Immanuel MTC) and Rev. Philip Philip Associate Vicar – Trinity MTC). The meeting elected an Ad hoc Committee to explore the formation of a new worshipping community in the Northwest and surrounding parts of Greater Houston area.
On March 10, 2018, the application for the formation of the independent congregation was forwarded to the Diocesan Bishop with a list of 43 family’s consent signature and the relevant meeting minutes.
On April 11, 2018, with the Kalpana DC/268/18 announcing the formation of the congregation effective on May 15, 2018, with Rev. Abraham Varghese appointed as interim Vicar.
On May 19, 2018, the Inaugural Holy Communion Service of St. Thomas Mar Thomas congregation was conducted. Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas was the chief celebrant. Rev. Abraham Varghese, Rev. Philip Philip, and Rev. Saji Albin were also present during the Inaugural Holy Communion. A public meeting was held after the Inaugural Holy Communion Services. Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas delivered the keynote speech. The officials of Immanuel Mar Thoma church and Trinity Mar Thoma Church delivered felicitations.
On February 10, 2019, The General Body meeting Passed the resolution to request to His Grace Mar Thoma Metropolitan and His Lordship Diocesan Episcopa for granting the Parish status for the Congregation.
On June 5, 2019, The Episcopal Synod granted parish status for the Congregation with the name St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Houston.
On June 20, 2019, with Kalpana DC 274/2019, Rev. Saji Albi was appointed as the Vicar.
On August 8, 2019, Church acquired the property at 19445 Cypress Church Road, Cypress, TX 77433, consisting of 4 acres of land including parsonage and a building that can be potentially converted to an interim sanctuary.
On October 26, 2019, With God’s grace, the renovation work for the sanctuary building was completed and was consecrated by His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan with Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa. The parsonage was also dedicated the same day by His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan.