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Rev Ellen E. Thornburg

Associate Pastor

Pastor Luis was born in Stillwater, OK and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He is a graduate of the Moores School of Music and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston where he studied Opera Performance, Italian and Spanish. He received his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Pastor Luis has been active in ministry and in the community through Walk to Emmaus, Kairos Prison Ministry International, United Way, Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, SHSU Charter School, UPWARD™ Soccer, Spring ISD Ministerial Alliance, Northwest Area Assistance Ministries, and UM ARMY.

Rev. Luis E. Ramirez

Pastor Ellen was born and raised in the Houston area. She earned a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, an M.A. in Digital Media & B.S. in Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and an A.A. in Drama at San Jacinto College.

Pastor Ellen has served as a Chaplain at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Emergency Department, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Cardiac ICU, Neurology ICU, COVID ICU, Palliative Care Department, and Labor & Delivery Unit. She has also been in ministry at Seabrook United Methodist Church and in the community with low-income and homeless support networks, musical programs, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Pastor Ellen was recently commissioned as one of the newest Provisional Elders in the Texas Annual Conference of the UMC. She lives in Baytown where she serves as an associate pastor to a brand new United Methodist church in the Baytown & Mont Belvieu area.

You can reach Pastor Ellen at 409-241-3441 or