We are an interdenominational, Protestant congregation. Our 850 members reside in the Horseshoe Bay community and Highland Lakes area. The parishioners are very homogeneous in most respects. For instance, most are retired from professional careers. The most significant diversity among parishioners is their background and experience among numerous religious traditions present in America today (e.g., Methodist, Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, Bible Church, etc.).

Newcomers to the area choose our church to join a community of worshipers and to enjoy the unique camaraderie they find among the members. There are many activities within the church and there are volunteer opportunities to serve the church and the over twenty-five agencies we support.

Mission Statement

The Church at Horseshoe Bay exists to be the arms of Christ in our time by sharing the Gospel in our community and the wider world with love and compassion.

Values Statement

The center piece of our Values is that Jesus Christ is our Lord. We acknowledge that God, revealed to us in Jesus, is our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We believe that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to grow in our understanding of God as we strive for a Christ-like maturity in our faith development.

In pursuing its Mission and Vision, The Church at Horseshoe Bay will continue to emphasize the following Values which have guided the Congregation throughout its history:

  • Diversity,          not uniformity;
  • Generosity,      not greed;
  • Inclusion,         not exclusion;
  • Grace,              not guilt;
  • Joy,                  not judgment; and
  • Ecumenical,     not denominational.

Vision Statement

The Church at Horseshoe Bay will:

  • Be a church of choice for those residing in the Highland Lakes area;
  • Offer a worship and music ministry which optimally utilizes the talents and gifts of participants to inspire our Congregation in meaningful worship;
  • Become a dollar-for-dollar Congregation, spending as much sharing with and caring for others as we spend on ourselves.
  • Provide facilities to support our growth; and
  • in worship;
  • in Christian education;
  • in fellowship;
  • in volunteers; and
  • in staff.

Provide adequate budget to pay for new ministry initiatives.

Adopted by the Congregation on January 21, 2007

 

The Church Facilities

The present facilities were dedicated in 1993 and enlarged in 2009. The campus is composed of the main building which includes the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and Choir Room/Parlor. The Education Building includes classrooms, a nursery and our library. The administrative building houses our church staff and meeting rooms. The Remembrance Garden was completed in 2007. Campus map is available HERE.

History of the Church

The Church at Horseshoe Bay congregation was organized in 1982. For the first 11 years the congregation met in the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay as long-term guests of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. A more detailed history of the congregation, The Church at Horseshoe Bay and the Traditions from Which We Come prepared by Vera Campbell is available HERE

For the Church History for the years 2005-2012

Church History 2005

Church History 2006

Church History 2007

Church History 2008

Church History 2009

Church History 2010

Church History 2011

Church History 2012

Church History 2013

The Church Governance

Governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees, the congregation endeavors to meet the needs of its members and the larger community. A Benevolence Committee oversees the distribution of at least 27.5 percent of the annual congregational offerings to various helping agencies in the nearby community. In addition to meeting the congregations worship needs, the building serves as a meeting place for various community organizations.

2017 Board of Trustees

Kent Graham, Chairman Jim Hower Lee Peterson
Ken Lindgren, Vice Chairman Linda Wilson Bobbie Walker
Bob Thomas, Treasurer Jerry Clinesmith Ronda Rodman
Ruth Newman, Assistant Treasurer Pat McMurtrie Norman Homburg
Don Eckelbarger, Corp. Secretary Francis Highsmith