The St. Gregorios Orthodox Church is a part of the Diocese of Southwest America of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and our Metropolitan is H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius.


The roots of this parish can be traced back to the late 70s when the church was initiated by a handful of members under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Koshy. P. John. The church, formed on January 15, 1978, had humble beginnings with the Holy Qurbana celebrated at various rented locations. On December 6, 1981, Rev. Fr. Zachariah P. Venattukalathil from Dallas was appointed as the second Vicar and under his leadership the congregation grew steadily to thirty-two members by 1985.


The members realized that they had to build a place for their children to grow and thrive spiritually and on November 10, 1985 H.G. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios lay the foundation for our church in the memory of St. Gregorios of Parumala. The parish in its newly erected church, was consecrated by H.G. Mathews Mar Coorilos (who later became the 6th Catholicos and H.H. Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews II) and H.G. Thomas Mar Makarios on November 29, 1986 and the parish hall was constructed shortly thereafter. The church entered a tumultuous phase with the sudden demise of its spiritual leader Rev. Fr. Zachariah on December 27, 1994 and Rev. Fr, John Geevarghese from Arkansas was appointed as our interim Vicar.


Our then Diocesan Metropolitan, H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas knew that it was time to bring in a dynamic leader to invigorate the church and to shepherd its flock, and on June 17, 1995, Rev. Fr. P.M. Cheriyan was appointed as the Vicar of our Church.

Under the able leadership and guidance of Rev. Fr. Cheriyan the church grew many folds to over a hundred families in membership. Spiritual organizations such as the Sunday School, MGOCSM, FOCUS, Martha Maryam Samajam, Senior Group and the choir thrive and are engaged in the spiritual upliftment and guidance of our people and our community.


The congregation has come a long way, helped by the generosity of its members and the tireless and selfless service of our previous vicar Rev. Fr. P. M. Cheriyan and the continuing efforts of our current vicar Rev. Fr. Rajesh K. John and above all, the blessings from the Almighty Lord. It can only be God’s grace that we have been fortunate to have our service on all Sundays in the heart of the city of Houston since the early 80s.


We foster a culture of excellence in our church and with our increase in numbers the need arose to increase the land that our parish dwelled in and this came to fruition on December 15, 2010. We now have an extended property that will be utilized for further expansion of the church.

We now look back at the dawn of our church with fond memories of our children growing up in the community and thank the Lord God Almighty for providing us with more joy than we could ever hope for. There is little doubt that this temple of God will serve as an abode to all the faithful, especially to the ones who are in spiritual solitude. We now have evening prayers on all weekdays and Holy Qurbana on all Wednesdays to offer our intercessory prayers to our Mother Mary and to pray for the healing of the sick and the heavy hearted and we seek God’s blessings and everyone’s prayers as we continue to persist in strengthening our Church and glorify GOD thereby. May God accept the prayers and requests of all the people from this consecrated dwelling and continue to bless this Country and her people.