About Us : Our History

Convicted of Prejudice

In February 1996, while attending the first ever, Clergy Promise Keeper's Conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the urging and expense of his beloved laymen, Ed Lee, the English pastor of the largest Chinese church in Dallas-Dallas Chinese Bible Church, was moved to tears and convicted to the core for harboring prejudice toward a particular ethnic group as a result of some ugly gang related experiences as a young teenager in Chicago. In response, Ed made a covenant with God to be more intentional as a pastor in addressing the issues of race and prejudice and to model love for all people by developing friendships with people of different ethnic or racial backgrounds.

Called to Plant a Multiethnic Church

After the trip to Atlanta, an opportunity presented itself: Ed was invited to help plant a “multiethnic church” in Fort Bend County. Ed was in the middle of his Ph.D. program at Dallas Theological Seminary and had no intentions of leaving his home for the last 13 years. He had gotten involved in the community, and his wife had a great job teaching at one of the premier Christian schools in the country. Internally, Ed struggled. Was this God's calling? It was an agonizing decision and the cost was great. Ed would end up giving up his Ph.D. degree, Alice would leave her "dream" job, her children would withdraw from a quality Christian school where their tuition (worth upwards of $200,000) was paid in full. It was the most difficult decision that Ed & Alice had to make. They chose to obey God's call and move to Houston, Texas to begin a new multiethnic church.

Helped to Grow an Immigrant Chinese Church

Ministry needs, particularly with children and youth, demanded that Ed delay efforts in establishing a multi-ethnic ministry. After five years of serving and waiting, church leaders finally granted Ed the opportunity to focus on multiethnic ministry. By that time, the church had already established a vibrant ministry to immigrant Chinese families and had a dominant Chinese presence, a tremendous challenge in developing a multiethnic congregation.

Church Planting School with the Evangelical Covenant Church

Dr. Michael Emerson, sociology professor at Rice University, an admired friend and advisor, suggested to Ed to consider church planting with the Evangelical Covenant Church, a denomination known for their intentionality regarding multiethnic church plants. In November 2005, Ed and his associate David attended the denomination's church planting school in Rolling Hills, California in order to learn more, as well as seek God's will. Ed and David's hearts were warmed because they saw and experienced a piece of heaven with a denomination that was truly multiethnic in its vision and spirit.

Resignation from Fort Bend Community Church

After some time of soul searching and praying, it became quite clear that God was opening doors. All that was required was faith. Ed & David communicated to the Church Council in December 2005 of their intention to resign from Fort Bend Community Church in order to plant a multiethnic church with the Evangelical Covenant Church. At then end of September of 2006, Fort Bend Community Church bid Ed and David farewell and sent them off with a farewell party, prayers and a substantial financial gift to start a new church.

A Church is Born

Mosaic Community Covenant Church began with a core group of 22 adults. By October 2006, that core group had grown to 68 adults and began meeting weekly at Austin Parkway Elementary School in preparation for their grand opening. On Sunday, December 31, 2006, the core group was dedicated to the Lord in prayer after a vision message entitled, “Looking Back and Looking Ahead” given by Pastor Ed. The picture below was taken shortly after the time of prayer.

 

 

The Grand Opening

The grand opening was held the following Sunday, January 7, 2007. 273 people attended, mostly family members and friends who came to support our new ministry. Our honored guests included: Dr. Michael Emerson, Dr. Garth Bolinder (our superintendent and preacher), Rev. Gricel Medina, Dr. Willie Petersen, Mayor David Wallace of Sugar Land (not pictured) and Mayor of Missouri City, Allen Owen.

 

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Sunday Worship — 10:30 am

Located in the Colony Wellcare Center Bldg.
4427 Highway 6, Suite C
Sugar Land, Texas 77478