HOUSTON | TEXAS

H O U S T O N  |  T E X A S

W elcome to the BIG H!, where 2 million+ residents occupy what is currently the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country.  As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and at Adore Ministries, we recognize that there are also big needs that come with a city of this size. Currently, there are 8 missionaries and missionary families that serve the Houston area, along with countless volunteers and staff.  We serve in all corners of the city to various demographics through a variety of programming.

Welcome to the BIG H!, where 2 million+ residents occupy what is currently the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country.  As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and at Adore Ministries, we recognize that there are also big needs that come with a city of this size. Currently, there are three missionary families that serve the Houston area, along with countless volunteers and staff.  We serve in all corners of the city to various demographics through a variety of programming.

Missions

Worship Nights at the Catholic Charismatic Center

In an age where generations, races, and cultures have become more divided. Adore’s heart is to reach the entire family of God.  Many of Adore’s outreaches consist of cross-generational ministry that reaches the whole family from young to old. Adore’s worship and teaching series is an outreach to the larger community and city in which God has called us to. The heart of the our Adore Night series is to reach people and impact cities with the message of Jesus.  We accomplish this through powerful worship and relevant talks that reach the heart and core of each individual. Check out our current series Last Word.

Collegiate Outreach at University of St. Thomas

(More information coming soon)

Youth and Campus Ministry, Tutoring, and Counseling at Resurrection Catholic Church and School

Missionaries Matthew Blake and Brittany Guess directly serve the 5th ward/Denver Harbor community through regular youth gatherings, discipleship, mentoring, retreats, and special events for the school, church, and community. They also run the Confirmation program. Sara Alexander serves as the school’s counselor meeting with underserved families who wish to go through Christian counseling.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. John Fisher Catholic Church

Missionary Manny Barraza directly serves the Richmond/Rosenberg community through regular youth and young adult gatherings, bible studies, discipleship, mentoring, retreats, and special events for the church and community.

Campus Ministry at St. Thomas More Catholic School

  • Ennie Hickman serves as the Campus Minister for St. Thomas More Catholic School mentoring and discipling 5th-8th graders through weekly gatherings and retreats.

Family Dinners

  • Young Adults and young families gather every week at 6pm for a Family style meal, drinks, fellowship in backyards across the city in order to grow personally and spiritually in a communal setting.  We’d love to have you join us, as we journey together and learn what it means to be a part of God’s family.  All ages, faith backgrounds, and statuses are invited. Contact Ennie and Cana for the one nearest you.

Young Women’s Ministry.

  • With the ever-present need for community among young women, Adore has founded a house of hospitality. If you are a women between the ages of 18 and 35 and in need of a place to stay for a night, week, month, or year or if you are simply looking for community, please contact Emily and Sara for more information.

Worship Nights at Prince of Peace Catholic Church

In an age where generations, races, and cultures have become more divided. Adore’s heart is to reach the entire family of God.  Many of Adore’s outreaches consist of cross-generational ministry that reaches the whole family from young to old. Adore’s worship and teaching series is an outreach to the larger community and city in which God has called us to. The heart of the our Adore Night series is to reach people and impact cities with the message of Jesus.  We accomplish this through powerful worship and relevant talks that reach the heart and core of each individual. Check out our current series Last Word.


Staff


Jon & Sara Alexander

Missionaries/Vice President of Missions
With 11 years of youth ministry experience, Franciscan University alum Jonathan Alexander is now the Director of Houston Missions for Adore Ministries, serving the under served of Houston and nearby communities. His wife Sara is using her license in counseling to provide support and healing in these communities as well.  Together, with their two girls (Bernadette & Gianna), this missionary family hopes to share the Gospel with every person they run across, no matter their economic status.



Manny Barraza

Missionary
A recent graduate from Franciscan University, Manny has been a part of youth ministry for the past several years. Through his involvement, he has found compassion for the “lowly but chosen.” Serving the urban and rural Church of Houston, he desires to share the tangible love and mercy of God through catechesis and relationships. Manny is excited by the privilege to serve the people of God.



Matthew Blake

Missionary
Matthew has been involved in youth and young adult ministry for five years, including a year of full time missionary work with NET Ministries, where he served as a team leader, sharing the Gospel with thousands across more than ten states. He recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Theology. After serving part-time with Adore Ministries for two years, he is now full-time. His mission is to the Resurrection Catholic Community in the Denver Harbor and 5th Ward neighborhoods. Matthew enjoys the delight of Texas’ summer months.



Emily Blasdell

Missionary/Executive Assistant
Emily has always felt a call to ministry, but over the past few years discovered it was in an administrative role. After graduating from St. Edward’s University in May 2013 with a degree in Communication, she immediately jumped on board with Adore in Houston to serve the mission in development and marketing. Emily’s biggest joys in life are being an aunt, making connections, and organizing closets.



Stephen Estes

Missionary
With a passion for the Catholic faith and sharing the Gospel, Stephen has a love for missions and catechesis, especially reaching out to the spiritually underserved. He previously served as a member of the Campus Evangelization Office at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a missionary intern with Life Teen International, and a Campus Minister at the University of Missouri. He recently graduated with a Master’s in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Originally from the St. Louis area, he currently serves as a missionary with Adore doing evangelistic outreach throughout Houston and teaching Scripture and theology at Frassati Catholic.



Ennie & Cana Hickman

Missionaries/President
With a heart for the marginalized and the forgotten, missionaries Ennie and Cana Hickman have traveled the country and abroad sharing the love of Christ with the Churched and Unchurched for over 15 years. Their heart is to expand quality ministry to the underserved youth and young adults in America. They currently mission in Houston, TX with their seven children, where Ennie serves as President of Adore Ministries.



Brittany Guess

Missionary
Brittany, originally from Southern California, is a recent graduate of Franciscan University. She has been involved in youth ministry for five years and in that time has discovered that many of her dreams are fulfilled in being involved in the lives of the youth. Brittany has recently felt God’s pull to the inner city of Houston, where she has pledged to be a constant presence of love and hope to those who live, work, and worship there. Brittany feels privileged and honored with the opportunity to be a part of Adore Ministries and looks forward to living out this call with fervor and authenticity.



Angie & Joey Muckenthaler

Special Events Associate
Angie and Joey joined Adore in July 2012 after getting married in April 2012. They have both been involved in parish and diocesan ministry for the past 3 years and are excited to serve the community. Joey is a parish youth minister in Houston and Angie works in missionary support for Adore. Their (almost) one year old daughter, Samantha, is the first missionary to get her own office specifically for taking naps.



Lee & Paula Vigil

Missionary/Director of Collegiate Outreach
With love & zeal for the new evangelization, the Vigils have been serving college students for six years. Their mission is for college students to share an intimate relationship with Christ. Lee is currently Director of Collegiate Outreach for Adore serving in Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas.


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