The heartbeat of our church is to see lives changed by the power of God's Spirit. We believe that every person has a God-given purpose inside of them.

When God's Spirit moves on us, we move closer to God's plan for our lives.

THE First Church DNA consists

of four core values.



 we must love God with all we are.


We strive to continually grow in faith.


We commit to display God's love through serving others.


Standing still is not an option; we must go and make a difference.




Ken & Tessie Gurley

Senior Pastors

Ken Gurley has served as Senior Pastor of First Church since 1988. He and his wife reside in the Clear Lake area and have six children - one son, two daughters and their spouses - and four grandchildren. Pastor Ken Gurley is the author of numerous books including The Point of Low Points, Four Tables, Notable Women of Scripture, Preaching for a New Millennium series and his newest small group curriculum, MORE.


tyler & ashley t’neil walea


Tyler and T’Neil have served First Church as Associate Pastor/Campus Pastor for ten years. In April 2018, they were elected to the office of Pastor. Tyler has a degree from Northwestern State in Linguistics. T’Neil has a degree from University of Houston in Psychology and currently working at IBM, while volunteering at the church. They have two daughters, Paisley and L'Wren.