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A Model "Church of Character"

November 21, 2001


Anchor Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist church of approximately 125 parishioners, founded 13 years ago and led by Pastor Lee McDowell. With just a few "senior" adults, the congregation is comprised mostly of young to middle-aged families from a variety of employment backgrounds from professional to hourly employees. The congregation is predominately white, with some Hispanics and a small number of Afro-Americans. Paid staff includes Pastor Lee McDowell, who is full-time, and two part-time office assistants.

Anchor is located on the far northwest side of Houston, Texas, in a largely white, blue-collar community situated between two established neighborhoods. This ethnically diverse area is beginning to experience growth and development.

Congregational services include a Sunday morning worship service, Sunday School for all ages, and Sunday evening discipleship classes for teens and adults as well as children's choirs. Similar discipleship opportunities are offered following the Wednesday evening prayer time, along with KidsKorner (like a children's church) for the boys and girls.

Examples of outreach to the community include its FAITH teams groups from the Sunday School classes that contact church visitors and make other visits meeting ministry needs, and its extensive distribution of flyers to neighborhood homes inviting residents to special activities at the church, such as "2001: The Year of the Character family at Anchor", Fall Fest (an alternative to Halloween), special seminars and lectures, and other church services and events.

Pastor Lee McDowell
Telephone:  281-859-1585

Anchor Baptist Church
17330 West Little York Road
Houston, TX 77084

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