The Best of the Tradition with a Heart for Evangelism and Discipleship



Sunday Morning
Sunday School: 10:00 am
Worship: 11:00 am

Join us for Theology on Tap every Wednesday at 5:00pm at Saint Dane's, @ Elgin and Brazos!

Special Events Coming Soon
Sunday, August 17, 7:00 pm Deux Voix, Organ and Trumpet Concert - Learn More Here
Saturday, September 27, 7:30 pm An Evening with Dr. James Tour
Sunday, November 16, 6:00 pm Zachow Consort and Players Early Music

FIrst Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1851 in downtown Houston and has been in Midtown since 1927. It served as the central gathering place for German Lutherans in Houston for the first several decades of its life. It continues to serve as a gathering place for followers of Jesus who desire to worship, learn, and serve their Lord together.  

While the first observation one may have of the congregation is its historic and beautiful campus,  the congregation is much more than a historic building. It is disciples committed to the Great Commission of making disciples and baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While every congregation has this same mission, the vision of each congregation is influenced by its people, context and unique opportunity. At First Lutheran, we emphasize five ministries.

  • Worship and Teaching - The worship is rooted in the historic liturgy and music of the Lutheran tradition. The teaching and preaching are rooted in the Bible, apologetics, and movements in society and the Church at large.
  • First Friends -  This Parents Day Out program is for infants, toddler and Pre-K children. It uses a Christian curriculum and serves families with young children. And for parents looking for affordable and trustworship babysitting, check out the new Parent's Night Out Program here.
  • Jesus 101 -  Taking advantage of First Lutheran being across the street from Houston Community College, this outreach is aimed at reaching the next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It uses the tools of apologetics and free lunch to stimulate interesting conversation.
  • The Bonhoeffer House - This program will house and help train college and ministry students. It is inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer's classic work Life Together.
  • "What do you Believe?" Debate Series - These events will bring together intellectuals and public figures to debate the philosophical, moral and religious issues of our day. Our first debate had over 600 in attendance and our next debate will be Saturday, April 26, 7:30 pm featuring Eric Hernandez and Daniel Flores.

At First Lutheran, you will find the pillars of Law and Gospel and the objective Word of God that has been handed down to us for 2,000 years. You will find at First a simple message — that in Jesus Christ, the entire world, and you yourself have a friend, Lord, and Savior. First is a member of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). We look forward to seeing you soon.