Baptist Temple Church in the Heights

A traditional Baptist church located in the historic Houston Heights Houston, TX
Baptist Temple Church in the Heights

Plan Your Visit

230 W 20th St
Houston, TX 77008-2512

(713) 862-6655


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Who We Are

Baptist Temple Church is a Christian community of believers who meet weekly for worship and spiritual growth. Our mission is to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, minister to human need, and assist Christians in their ever-growing faith and commitment to God. We seek to do this in an environment of love, compassion, and acceptance.

About Us

Creative, Friendly, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational, Historic, Inclusive, Young families

Community Service, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Traditional Hymns





Our Services

What is the community like?
Baptist Temple Church was founded in 1908 in the upper room of Simon Lewis’ Grocery in the Heights. Since that time, this wonderful church has maintained its tradition and heritage, while continually reinventing tradition. We worship with prayers and hymns, and we offer a full range of programs for all ages in Bible study, spiritual formation, music education, missions activities, fellowship, and worship. We are a church of many ages and ethnicities, representing God’s Kingdom in the world. We want to share with you in the life and ministry of Baptist Temple Church in the historic Houston Heights.

Leadership View all

Kelly Burkhart

Kelly Burkhart

Kelly Burkhart was born and raised in Midland, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in December 2004. While attending seminary, he was recognized and awarded as a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Leadership Scholar. Kelly is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and expects to graduate in May 2013. Kelly’s professional memberships include the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Coordinating Council (since 2009), the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Texas’ Coordinating Council (since 2008); and Current, the young leaders’ network for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, for which he has served as co-chair. He was licensed to ministry by First Baptist Church, Midland, Texas and was ordained by Chalk Bluff Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. He has served as the Associate Pastor to Youth and Families at Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida and as the Pastor at First Baptist Church in Riesel, Texas. He has served Baptist Temple Church in the Heights as Senior Pastor since September 2004. Kelly and his wife, Shelly, married in January 1999, and have three children, Hudson, Aiden, and Bryn Abigail.

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