The first meeting to organize a church in the Clear Lake City area began with prayer and praise on August 18, 1992, in the home of Reverend Brenda Payne and her family. Bro. Jerryl Payne led praise service, Presiding Elder X. L. Williams of the South Houston District read the scripture, and Reverend Payne offered prayer. There were 9 adults and 5 children present at this very first worship service.
In October 1992, the Texas Annual Conference held at Shiloh AME Church in Galveston, Texas, Bishop John R. Bryant formally gave Reverend Brenda Payne an appointment to begin a mission charge in the Clear Lake area. On November 29, 1992, Clear Lake AME, held its first 11 AM worship service at the Piper’s Meadow Community Center in Webster, Texas. Bible study continued initially in the home of the pastor and was moved to the King’s Park Community Center. In July 1993, Bible Study was also moved to the Piper’s Meadow Community Center. Clear Lake added Sunday Church School at Piper’s Meadow on January 9, 1994.
On March 3, 1995, Clear Lake glorified God for the first time in a new “home” located at 17043 El Camino Real at Gemini, Suite 200, Houston, Texas, 77058. This office location afforded 2600 square feet for the work of the Lord in the Clear Lake area. The Nehemiah Ministry under the direction of Wilbert Williams built an altar and carpeted the pulpit area, helping to transform the office setting into a sanctuary. In June, Bishop John R. Bryant and his wife, Rev. Cecelia Bryant, dedicated this facility.
On April 16, 1996, Clear Lake AME Church purchased 3.5 acres on two adjacent lots with an assessed value of over $300,000.00 near the Johnson Space Center (NASA) and the University of Houston in Clear Lake. This blessing from the Lord and the community is believed to be the first church property purchased by African Americans in the historic Clear Lake area.
In October 1999, following the successful model of the Umoja 4 used by Bishop Bryant in 1998, Clear Lake AME Church, joined with Primm Chapel AME Church, LaMarque, Reedy Chapel AME Church, Galveston, and St. James AME Church, Dickinson to form the Mainland 4. The four churches, though small in numerical size, provided delightful worship while hosting the Texas Annual Conference.
At the 134th Session of the Texas Annual Conference, October 2000 Bishop McKinley Young appointed Reverend Arthur Ferguson pastor of Clear Lake AME Church. Rev. Arthur Ferguson preached the gospel of peace, love, and reconciliation, preparing our church to grow and become a beacon in the Clear Lake community.
On Saturday, November 18, 2006, at the Post Conference Planning Meeting of the Texas Annual Conference, Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram appointed Reverend Kevin L. Hodge, to serve as Pastor of Clear Lake AME Church. Pastor Hodge and his new bride, First Lady LaShawn Hodge came to us with a vision to take our congregation “to the next level” of spiritual growth, church construction, and church expansion.
On Sunday, July 1, 2007, Clear Lake AME moved the congregation to our current location of 16302 Sea Lark. There was a renewed excitement about the opportunity to serve and become the first African Methodist Episcopal Church to build a church in the historic Clear Lake area.
On Friday, March 9, 2013 Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie appointed Reverend Derrick A. Cyprian as the 4th pastor of Clear Lake AME Church. Rev. Cyprian, his wife Chalita and their two sons, Derrick and Jared came to us with excitement, and a desire to help us reach our committed goals: to grow spiritually, increase God’s kingdom, and build a home sanctuary to house Clear Lake AME Church ministries.
Our church is growing, both in membership and spiritual richness. We have embraced our mission, “Kingdom Building, One Soul at a Time”. We have committed to our vision, “The 10:20 Vision – God Vision for Clear Lake AME Church” by committing to the following:
- giving the Lord 10 to 20 minutes of our time in daily prayer and meditation,
- devoting 10 to 20 hours of our time in ministry in our church every week,
- fellowshipping in a group of 10 to 20 CLAME members,
- being a disciple for Christ and bringing 10 to 20 people into His Kingdom every year,
- tithing 10% of our income plus an additional 20 dollars each week in support of our church and our church ministries.
We are also committed to Pastor Cyprian’s motto – “Keep Praying and Keep Believing”.
We pray God’s blessings on our Pastor, our officers, members, and our church family and friends.