The Episcopal Church of the Messiah is located at 721 Saint Louis Street in Gonzales, Texas

Our office phone number is 830.672.3407. 

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 139, Gonzales, Texas 78629.  

Our parish email address is 



10:30 AM Sunday Worship (Holy Eucharist) 

7PM Monday & Friday: (AA Meetings) 

WOMEN'S GROUP, 2nd Wednesday, 6 PM at Elk's Lodge (Except in Lent)

MEN'S GROUP, 2nd Wednesday, 6 PM at Elk's Lodge (Except in Lent)

Vestry Meetings normally 3rd Wednesday 6pm 

The Rev. Shanna Neff






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The Reverend John Padgett, Interim Rector


Vestry (Church board) Members          

Term Expires in January of 2018:

Robert Collins, Sr. Warden

Barbara Crozier

Term Expires in January of 2019:

Shirley Crabtree

Kasey Floyd, Jr. Warden

Term Expires in January of 2020:

Kerry Reese

Mary Jane Williamson


Ministry Leaders (in Alphabetical Order):

Esther Bell,  Newsletter/Bulletin Editor/Office Assistant

Lucianne Blakemore, Treasurer

Glynda Christian,  Altar Guild Directress      

Glenda Gordon, Outreach Chair

Dale Collins, Office Assistant/Sunday Bulletin Editor/Assistant Treasurer  

Robert Collins, Head Usher, 4th Sunday Pancake Breakfast Coordinator, Men's Group Facilitator

Shirley Crabtree,  Worship Ministry Scheduler

Barbara Crozier, Yoga Instructor

VACANT,  Nursery/Child Care                                  

Dawn O'Donnell, Webmaster

Pat Ryan, Women's Group Facilitator

Bob Williamson and Mary Jane Williamson, Guitar Mass Musicians     

Mary Jane Williamson,  Organist/Music Director             



Parish Mission Statement:

To live for God, to serve Christ, and being moved by the Holy Spirit, to spread the Good news by our actions in serving the larger community.


Parish Discipleship Goals:   

       Passion for the Gospel

              Heart for all people

                     Willingness to do whatever it takes

                            Commitment to one another.


Parish Vision Statement:

       A Church where Jesus is encountered as Lord and Savior

              People are empowered by the Holy Spirit

                     and Live are changed by the Grace of God.


The Parish Purpose:

To be Jesus' Witnesses wherever we go


The Main Thing:

The Main Thing is to make the Main Thing the Main Thing. And once you've made the Main Thing the Main Thing, then the Main Thing is to keep the Main Thing the Main Thing. That's the Main Thing!


The Heart and Core of Ministry at Church of the Messiah

The heart and core of Christian ministry is orienting God’s people toward God’s presence through God's grace. This happens through our parish life by developing lively worship, solid spiritual formation, and a vital knowledge of Jesus both in mind and experience, which moves us to actively share our faith in words and actions. Guidance and leadership are provided for each member's spiritual journey toward union with God by promoting personal growth and self-discovery in relationship to Jesus Christ. 

The priest serves as the primary pastor to the parish by faithfully teaching the Biblical and Apostolic Faith, preaching the gospel, administering sacramental grace to empower the laity, and helping develop an active and capable lay ministry as a means of increasing the parish's ability to grow in spirtual stature and witness to a lively Christian faith. The laity share the pastoral role role as ministers of hospitality, outreach and inreach and are the primary ministers who take the Church into the world and witness to God's truth and grace found in Jesus through the testimony of their lives expressed in the political, social and economic spheres of life.  

Everything we are begins and flows from the altar of Eucharistic worship. Thoughtful and reverent liturgy is unquestionably our most important ministry. Our gifts and passion lie in helping people discover God's healing grace. We find great joy and personal satisfaction in a wide variety of outreach ministries that enable us to grow in our desire to be the blessing that God has blessed us to be, to both one another and our communities. Our greatest desire and purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ in all that we do.

Hospitality is built on the grace of gratitude for all that with which we've been blessed by the Lord. We strive to share the vision of God's Kingdom that is seen through eyes of Jesus and expressed through His words and actions. 

The four key components to being faithful in this philosophy of ministry is to cultivate among ourselves, through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, an authentic passion for the Gospel, a heart for all people, a willingness to do whatever it takes, and a commitment to one another. This we strive to express in our lives, both personally and corporately, and pray for the grace to be able to do it.