Welcome to Christ the King!
We are a Christ-centered, musically gifted, community-focused, inclusive congregation of the ELCA spanning two campuses (with online offerings) in Houston, Texas.

Christ the King Church, a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the ELCA, spans two unique campuses in Houston, Texas, and is an inclusive community welcoming people of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

We are committed to the mission of proclaiming the message of God’s reconciling work revealed in Jesus Christ and proceeding in the Spirit of God. We continually educate children and adults to appreciate the elusive but real presence of God in the world and to bring faith to expression through our actions as a caring community.

We are also the home of Bach Society Houston, a nonprofit that presents rich, vibrant, historically-informed live music performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries in Houston, TX.


Here are some answers to a few of the common questions we are asked.

Lutherans worship through liturgy, a Greek word for public action. Lutheran worship seeks to involve the worshipper in enacting the signs of God’s love and mercy through singing, praying, proclaiming, and serving.

Worship at Christ the King Church is guided by The Use Of The Means Of Grace,  a statement on practice commended for worship in assemblies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).


ALL are welcome here! You are welcome to the table during communion and to participate in worship. 

We are Lutheran Christians with ecumenical partnerships who believe that without any merit on our own, God created us, redeemed us, and is transforming us through the proclamation of God’s love in word and sacrament. We are convinced that we cannot save ourselves “by our own understanding or effort.” (Luther’s Small Catechism, Article Three of The Apostles’ Creed)

The gospel we preach is a message of forgiveness that frees us to let God be truly God and to let humans be truly human. That is why we are a singing people dedicated to the language of music which communicates the mystery of life and the glory of God among us.

Christ the King Lutheran Church’s ministry is a part of the wider scope of our faith formation program. We aim to support our children, youth, and guardians in their Christian faith journey through worship, service, education, and fellowship as they live out their baptismal promises: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the Word of God and share the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the Good news of Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, and strive for justice and peace in the world.

At our Rice Village campus, we also have a nursery with attendants and our PrayGround, a space for children under 5 and their guardians, to engage in play during worship.

For details about our children, youth, and family ministry, please contact Deacon Ben Remmert.

What matters most is that you're here! The nave is kept cool (for the health of the organ) so keep that in mind when dressing. 

Parking at Christ the King Church (Rice Village)

Parking is available in the church’s lot at 2353 Rice Boulevard and in the smaller parking lot entered from Greenbriar.  Persons with limited mobility and families with young children are encouraged to use these lots for easier access.

Additional parking is available in the Rice University stadium parking lot on Greenbriar, entrance 13A. If the gate is not raised, please press the intercom and tell the person who answers that you are going to worship at Christ the King Church.

Please do not park at the Veterinarian lot at Greenbriar and Rice. Your car will be towed.

Parking at Christ the King Church (Memorial)

Please use the entrance driveway off of Memorial to enter the spacious parking lot.

Friends who are new (or not so new!) to Christ the King Church are warmly invited to attend a luncheon and orientation (traditionally on Sunday afternoons) for a short meeting. Please email the church office for future dates.

The meeting has three purposes:

  • Establish new friendships with each other and the pastoral staff.
  • Learn about this community of faith – who we are, our traditions, our commitments, our place in global Lutheranism, why we do things the way we do.
  • Express whether one wants to demonstrate public commitment to God’s mission to the world through the ministry of Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Christ the King Rice Village hosts Crossing Borders International Preschool, a language immersion preschool offering Spanish, English, Mandarin, and French.

Christ the King Rice Village also hosts a Russian School program on Sunday afternoons.

Christ the King Memorial hosts Aihua Chinese Class, an afterschool language program.

Christ the King Memorial is also home to Emmaus Spirituality Center, an institute for in-depth spiritual work that offers a variety of classes, programs, events, and retreats plus training for Spiritual Directors.

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CTK is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community