www.tomballumc.org

1603 Baker Drive - Tomball, TX - Phone: (281) 351-1249


Church History

 

Tomball United Methodist Church Established in 1910

Tomball United Methodist Church was the first church in the Tomball area and serviced many denominations.

In 1908, Tomball was a town of about one hundred fifty people, three saloons, no schools and no churches. Mr. and Mrs. O.G. Hegar moved to town that year from Waller. Mr. and Mrs. Hegar built a home for their family and operated the only hotel, just across from the train depot. Their patrons were railroad men as Tomball was a division point for the T. & B. V. Railway.

Mrs. Hegar, being a very devout Christian, wanted the children of Tomball to have religious instruction, so she started Sunday School in the hotel lobby. She was a Methodist, but this Sunday School was open to all. Both Baptist and Methodist ministers were invited to come to town and preach. When the Sunday School outgrew the hotel lobby, the location was moved to the Woodmen Hall, which stood where Tomball’s old fire station was located. The first public school was located there as well.

The young church faced many hardships with a small membership and little money. There were five charter members when the church first organized in 1909. The Baptists and Methodists worked together to build a church building. However, to receive financial aid from the Methodist Conference, the building had to be known as the "Methodist Episcopal Church South". The Baptists shared the building with us until they were able to build their own church.


 

 

Our first Church organized in 1909 and built in 1910.  Charter Members; Otto G. "Cap" Hegar, Mrs. O. G. (Fannie Alice Hegar; Mrs. Will D. Shaw; Mrs. Johnny B. Hearne; Mrs. R. Q. "Ann" Terrell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Alonzo - Preacher 1909 - 1910

 

Church

Our Pastors

Church Leaders

Reverend G.R. (Bob) Thomas

HISTORY: Organized 45 years ago by a group of adult men and women who were interested in studying the Bible. The class chose the name “Bob Thomas Bible Class” in memory and in honor of a former minister, Rev. G. R. (Bob) Thomas, who died in 1965 while serving TUMC as minister. He was a dedicated scholar of the Bible and was a dedicated servant of the Lord. Upon his death he left his vast library of Christian books to the church library. This class grew to be the largest in membership in the Sunday School in the late 80’s. Over the years all of the original members have passed away except three original ones who are still attending the class.

 

Reverend John L. Cannon: served as the Minister of our church from 1949 to 1951. There was an active Sunday School Class for the men and also one for the ladies. There was no class for couples, so a couples class was started and named The Cannon Class for Rev. Cannon. It has been an active class ever since and continues to grow thru the years.