A Welcome From Our Pastors
Thank you for visiting our website! It is our prayer that you will be encouraged in faith, love and good works in our Savior Jesus Christ, by the ministry of Southwest Presbyterian Church (SWPCA). We desire that Jesus Christ be exalted and proclaimed in every aspect of our church family.
Our desire is to equip one another as disciples of the Living Christ. Therefore, our worship services are led with an emphasis on the Word of God - read, preached, heard and studied. The youth and adult Sunday school programs aim to reinforce and deepen Biblical knowledge and sound doctrinal maturity, while fostering personal relationships and growth.
We hope to serve you and to be served by the gifts of grace that Christ gives to every member of His glorious body, the church.
Blessings, in the Name of Christ.
~Rev. David Wakeland, Pastor
~Rev. Ken Thurman, Associate Pastor
What To Expect
Q: Where should I go when I arrive for Morning/Evening Worship Service?
The parking lot is on the south side of the property. The sanctuary is on the north side of the property. The South House and the Education Building are between the sanctuary and the parking lot. When you park, follow the sidewalk from the parking lot, past the South House, through the Education Building, to the Sanctuary. There are signs posted along the sidewalk for you to follow.
Q: What happens before morning service?
Morning Service starts at 11 AM. Before Service is Sunday School from 9:45-10:30 AM at multiple locations on campus, followed by fellowship (with coffee and snacks) from 10:30-11 AM.
Q: How should my kids participate on Sunday?
Age-appropriate Children's Sunday School classes from 3 years old and up are offered during Sunday School from 9:45-10:30 AM in the Education Building (the building between the South House and the Sanctuary). Children 3 years old and up sit with their parents during Morning Worship. We believe participation in worship with their families and other church members is the best way for covenant children to engage with the congregation. Nursery for children up to 3 years old is offered beginning at 9:45 AM and lasting through the end of Morning Service. The Nursery is located in the Education Building, and staffed by volunteers from the congregation.
Q: What should I wear?
There is a wide range of dress and no right answer. Most attendees wear a stylish casual or business casual, but jeans and boots are not out of the norm based on our Texas heritage. All are welcome to "come as they are."
Q: What style is Southwest's Worship Service?
Southwest's Morning and Evening Services are what has come to be known as a "traditional" style. The focus point of the service is the pulpit, where God's Word is read, taught, expounded, and preached to instill the "faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3:3). During Southwest's Morning Service, in addition to hearing the sermon we sing hymns from the Trinity Hymnal accompanied by our pianist, study catechisms, pray for the congregation and the world, and enjoy special musical offerings from musicians within the congregation. During Southwest's Evening Service, hymn requests and prayers are taken from the congregation and a Teaching Elder delivers a short sermon.
Q: What if I can't sing or have never sung from the Hymnal?
Don't worry -- God finds beauty in the worship of all of his saints, regardless of how they sing.
Q: Who should I talk to if I have questions?
Every Sunday has an assigned Elder on Duty, who will be greeting at the entrance of the Sanctuary. Please feel free to introduce yourself to him or one of the pastors. If you don't introduce yourself, more than likely that Elder will find you!
What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is God's Word, the authoritative standard for faith and life. Therefore, we seek to derive our DOCTRINE, GOVERNMENT, and WORSHIP from the truths the Bible reveals and the instruction it alone provides.
As a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church, we agree with the interpretation of doctrinal, governmental, and worship standards laid forth in the Westminster Standards and the PCA Book of Church Order, as summarized below.
Copies of these documents for study can be found here:
The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter catechisms (series of questions and answers on Biblical subjects) are a consensus expression of what we believe the Bible teaches. Church officers adopt this creed as a summary of their belief by a vow. Individual members do not take such a vow, though we encourage all to use these documents to deepen their understanding of Biblical Christianity. In short, we believe that God is Trinity, one God in three persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are living and eternal God. Each person is equal in power and glory, wholly God.
We believe the Bible is God's Word, written by human authors, equipped ('inspired') by the Holy Spirit. Being God's very words, the authors' original products were without error. Therefore, the Bible is infallible. It is the sole authority for faith and life.
We believe that all humans are sinners, totally unable to save themselves or to earn God's favor. Sinful humanity's only hope is God's free and all-powerful grace.
We believe that God saves sinners. The Father elects, Christ redeems, and the Holy Spirit applies redemptive grace to sinners.
We believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He became man, lived, obeyed God's Law, and died under God's curse on the cross, because of the guilt of those He came to redeem, which he carried as if it were his own (imputation).
We believe that the Father raised His righteous Son from death to glory and gave Him authority over heaven and earth. Thus, Jesus is the Redeemer, the Prophet, Priest and King over God's kingdom, the only mediator between God and man.
We believe Christ gives His Holy Spirit to all Christians. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to walk by faith in this earthy-life. Thus, Christians grow in holiness even while struggling against their sin, the world, and the devil.
We believe in the future return of Jesus Christ to judge all humanity and to establish His glory over a new creation. His personal, visible, and bodily return will consummate salvation and God's glory.
There are 3 "marks" of the Biblical church: the ministry of God's Word, the ministry of the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord's Supper), and the ministry of church discipline (the spiritual oversight/shepherding of God's people by church leaders). These 3 "marks" are visible graces established and maintained by Christ.
A group* of congregationally recognized and called leaders** governs the local church. Each elder has an equal voice in the spiritual leadership of the local church.
The unity of Christ's people must be visibly displayed. Therefore, local congregations gather to form a regional church-body, for the purpose of spiritual accountability and cooperative ministry.
The individual churches submit to the leadership of the regional governing body***, which consists of all the pastors and representative elders from each local church.
All spiritual authority in and through the church belongs to Christ the King. Church officers and courts are representative ministers of Christ. Therefore, where Christ has not revealed His will the church has no right to meddle. However, Christ has entrusted spiritual authority to the church in matters of faith and life as it proclaims His living Word. Therefore, the church is essential for the glory of Christ and for healthy growing Christians.
* This governing body is called a "session."
** These leaders are called "elders."
*** The regional church court is called a "presbytery." Southwest PCA is in the Houston Metro Presbytery.
Southwest Presbyterian's worship service is centered around praise to God -- giving thanks to Him -- and includes Puritan-styled preaching of the Word, times of prayer, readings from the Old and New Testament, a study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, the singing of hymns from the Trinity Hymnal, and occasional special music from local musicians or the church's choir. The Lord's Supper is served in the morning service on the first Sunday and in the evening service on the third Sunday.
These books are selected by our church officers and pastoral staff as important reads for Christians at any stage in their sanctification. If you have not read any of these, we whole-heatedly commend any of them as helpful for your walk as a Christian.
Morning and Evening Devotional by Charles Spurgeon
Everyone's a Theologian by R.C. Sproul
About the Presbyterian Church in America
Magazine with articles and daily devotionals
Thousands of hymns with midi arrangements
Over 2100 of his sermons
Writings, devotions, sermons and more
Classic articles and resources of historical orthodoxy
Digital library of classic Christian books