The Foundry Church Story
A foundry is a specialized factory where molten metal is poured into molds then allowed to cool and harden. After the molds are removed, impurities are removed from the cast pieces and they are polished to remove blemishes and imperfections. Pieces cast in this manner are strong and durable, able to resist harsh conditions and desirable for use in industrial manufacturing, construction and even jewelry.
In the mid-1700’s, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, purchased an empty cannonball factory in London. He repurposed it to serve as his ministry headquarters where he preached, held prayer meetings and taught classes. It became known as Foundry Chapel, and served as the cradle of Methodism.
By calling ourselves The Foundry Church we embrace both the mission of John Wesley, who radically changed the world by sharing the truth about Jesus with countless people, and our start in a humble foundry. We invite God to work in us, using the circumstances of our lives to “refine us like silver and purify us like gold,” (Zechariah 13:9). Together, we are allowing the Master Artist to transform us and create something beautiful from our lives.
1978 – On Memorial Day, our church was chartered when 28 people gathered at Post Elementary School in Northwest Houston for worship.
1982 – Foundry had grown into a vibrant community of faith and we established our first permanent church site on Jones Road.
1984 – Godfrey Hubert was appointed as senior pastor, a tenure that would span 34 years. Under his leadership the church would continue to flourish, growing to become one of the largest churches in Northwest Houston.
2008 – The opportunity to reach more people with the Gospel of Jesus in the growing Cypress area was obvious. We answered the call when our second campus was launched in the Cypress Cinemark theatre under the leadership of Ray Hughes.
2010 – In an effort to be faithful to the mission of Jesus, we began an initiative to become a more externally focused church. In 2010, we launched Cy-Hope, a 501c3 organization, to make life better for kids in the Cy-Fair school district. Cy-Hope works to help children who are spiritually, relationally or economically disadvantaged.
2013 – We celebrated the opening of our first permanent church site for the Fry Road campus in the heart of the rapid population growth in the Cypress area.
2018 – In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we initiated a large scale, long term relief effort helping thousands of families put their lives back together. Pastor Godfrey Hubert moved into a new role, leading Foundry’s disaster relief efforts and establishing the Houston Disaster Relief network. Pastor Ray Hughes became the lead pastor of the Foundry Church.