History

Houston’s Greater Third Ward has a rich spiritual history. For many decades there have been faithful saints ministering the grace of the Gospel of Jesus. In the summer of 1998 a young woman came to serve in Houston’s Greater Third Ward in between semesters of college. Though not unfamiliar with poverty and missions, she was captivated by the ministry of God’s people who lived as neighbors in the community, not just 9-to-5 employees. For a summer, her life became intertwined with the life of the inner city- its children, its youth, its single mothers, its faithful grandmothers. She met pastors and elders in a local church that modeled the Gospel in a way that touched her heart.

That summer of walking through the joys and pains with her neighbors would forever change the lives of Amanda Van Zandt Craig, her future husband Kirk Craig, and their four children.  God graciously provided partnership with David and Melissa Hill who had been faithfully serving as urban missionaries long before the Craig’s arrived. David and Melissa, along with their children, lived in the community and modeled the type of ministry Amanda had seen that first summer. With the capable guidance of a local board of directors, and the loving partnership of these families, God began to grow the Agape Community in the OST/South Union neighborhood.

 

Core Values

DERIVING power and direction from the redemptive life and message of Jesus Christ.

LISTENING to the community first as primary stakeholders of their own restoration.

CREATING opportunity for individuals regardless of circumstances.

EMPOWERING the community for sustainability rather than dependency.

 

Our Faith Statement

We believe in one God, the Father,

the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen
 

*Agape Development is a Christian Organization. For the sake of unity, we chose the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith because it is the fullest and oldest explanation of the Christian faith and the most widely accepted by orthodox Christians.

**We provide services without discriminating on the basis of religion, gender, race, nationality, or orientation.