History of Our Church
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
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In the early 1950s, St. Francis was established as a mission of the Diocese. Parish status was granted in 1952 with The Rev. G. Richard Wheatcroft as its first rector.
 
Located on 15.4 wooded acres in Piney Point Village, St. Francis is a community composed of two principal entities—the Church and the Day School. The school began with a preschool class of 24 children and is today the largest K-8 Episcopal Parish Day School in the United States.
 
Also included within this community are the St. Francis Sports Association and the St. Francis Scouting program. These two additional missions of the church span the church/school community, offering unique opportunities for our parish to reach out to those families searching for a church home.
 
Rev. Wheatcroft retired after 40 years as the only rector of St. Francis. Since his retirement, St. Francis has had three full-time rectors, including The Rev. Stuart A. Bates, the current rector who joined the parish in 2007.
 
St. Francis is a warm and welcoming parish and offers four worship services on Sunday as well as a Wednesday evening service.  
Directions

St. Francis Episcopal Church is located in the Memorial Villages in West Houston.  We are physically located at 345 Piney Point Road, Houston, TX 77024.

Directions from West Houston:  From I-10, exit Echo Lane / Blalock Road.  Continue on feeder past the intersection light, Piney Point Road will be the 1st street on the right.  St. Francis is located 2 miles south of I-10 on the right side.

Directions from Downtown: From I-10, exit Echo Lane / Blalock Road. Make U-turn under the freeway and continue on feeder road.  Piney Point Road will be the 1st street on the right.  St. Francis is located 2 miles south of I-10 on the right side. 


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Clergy and Office Staff

The Rev. Stuart A. Bates, Rector

The Rev. Robert D. Wismer, Associate Rector / Senior Chaplain at St. Francis Day School

The Rev. Betty Masquelette, Assistant Clergy

The Rev. Richard H. Elwood, Assisting Priest / Pastoral Care


Arlene Stacy, Business Administrator

Mairim van Domselaar, Executive Assistant to the Rector

Hollie Coerver, Director of Christian Education

Richard Keith, Director of Music

Kathryn Adkins, Membership Coordinator

Jerry Ballard, Pastoral Care Coordinator

Amy Homer, Parish Records / Youth Activites

Elisha Jordan, Parish Communications

Ellen Bachmann, Lay Ministries

Jimmie Sue Pratt, Bookeeper

 
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