A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 113
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THE CrrT oF HOUSTON, TEA 113
denomination present at the initial meeting. The
early services were conducted by laymen and an occasional
itinerant minister, until 1845, when the
members adopted a constitution, took the name of
Christ church and determined to erect a house of
worship. The corner stone for the new building
was laid in 1846 and the building was consecrated
by Bishop Freeman, Bishop of Louisiana, May 9,
1847. There was no regular pastor of Christ
church for several years, but services were held regularly,
lay members and an occasional minister officiating.
The old church was torn down and another erected
on its site in 1859. In 1876 that building was
torn down to make place for a third church, which
in turn was demolished in 1898, when the corner
stone of the present beautiful building was laid.
Christ church runs the Methodist a close race in
the rapid change of pastors, for up to 1892 there
had been no less than fifteen regular pastors Tfiat
year, however, something like permanency was established
and Rev. Dr. Henry D. Aves took charge
of the affairs of the church, both spiritual and temporal.
Its great prosperity dates from his installation
in office and during the years of his incumbency
the most marvelous growth and expansion
were shown. Dr. Aves became Bishop of Mexico
and was succeeded by Rev. Dr. Peter Gray Seas,
who has shown himself to be a worthy successor.
-The First Baptist Church of Houston was or/ganized
April 10, 1841. The history of this church
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