First Evangelical Lutheran Church
of Galveston Texas
Welcomes You!

Our Mission

To WORSHIP and praise God
To SERVE God and all people
To SHARE Christ’s message of
Love, Joy and Salvation!

Contemporary Worship: Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Traditional Worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages: 8:45 a.m.

We Invite You
To Come and Worship God
With Us!

Meet Our Interim Pastor!

Interim Pastor Helen Rose Moore
Interim Pastor Helen Rose Moore

Interim Pastor Helen Rose’s Biography

Galveston Daily News article about Helen Rose Moore

Read Latest Sermon:

A Very Special Open Letter
From Reverend Richard Rhoades!

rhoadesI am most humbled and honored to be called to serve as the Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Galveston! Building on the long line of pastors and lay members of this congregation, God is calling us to walk together discerning and discovering the ways we can live out being children of God in the 21st century. I am excited to begin our walk with the Lord together.

My ministry with First will begin on Monday, November 16th. Until then, I will be bringing to an end my call at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampshire and preparing for the move to Galveston. Please keep Holy Trinity, Corinne and me in prayer as we go through this time of significant transition. We are holding you in prayer as you complete your ministry with Interim Pastor Helen Rose. Let us give thanks to God for what has been and what is yet to be while we live in the present.

Please also know that I have much to learn about Galveston and Texas. In general I am a quick learner, but I will be looking to you to help me grow into my role in First and in the community. I am eager to hear the stories and to celebrate what God has been up to through the life of this historic congregation and the wonderful community including and surrounding Galveston.

Peace in Christ our Lord,

Reverend Richard A. Rhoades

PS: I also invite you to consider what questions you would like to explore with me. Write them down and once I am there – let’s dig in!

First Annual Blessing of the Beasts

Martin Luther:

We are to remember that animals are God’s creation, that He provides for them (Matt. 6)., and that they may serve as very fitting images for higher spiritual truths, most especially truths about how the Kingdom of God comes (Luke 15:3-7, John 10). They are not to be treated with cruelty, but received as God’s good gifts over which He has placed us as stewards (Gen 1:28)

 November FELC News!

We will NOT have services on November 7th due to the Lone Star Bike Rally

The Glad Tide-ings Newsletter and the church Event Calendar are now posted in the NEWS section for you to download and print!

God’s work. Our Hands.


_MG_0005-smELCA members are called to put their faith into action by engaging in service activities in their neighborhood or surrounding community.  This year, the date was September 13th.  First Lutheran chose to participate in the Galveston Street Ministry which meets every Saturday morning to not only feed, but share their faith with those less fortunate. Read Complete Story…

100 Year Anniversary First Lutheran Church of GalvestonNow Available!
The 100 Year Anniversary of First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Download Your Copy here: 100 Year Anniversary of FELC (PDF, 11 MB)

Special Video Project: Stained Glass Windows of The Lyceum

The project has begun! Volunteers are now preparing their manuscripts. For more information, please contact Sandra: stewarsp@msn.com Here is a story from the kickoff meeting held Saturday April 18th told by George Black about a craftsman working on rebuilding of the the original frames of these stained glass windows:

Online Giving For First Lutheran Church

1868_smMore than 157 years ago, God called a small group of people in Galveston, Texas, to witness and minister in Christ’s name to this port city on the Gulf of Mexico.

A few faithful people planted and nurtured seeds that grew into what First Evangelical Lutheran Church is today.

Throughout the generations, people of faith and hope have responded to God’s call and have overcome many obstacles to erect buildings for ministry to allow people to meet, share, and bolster their faith in God.


Thank You!

Come and visit us during your next trip to Galveston Island!
2415 Winnie at 25th
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 762-8477


ELCA Galveston

Office: (409) 762-8477