We are a community of believers who come together to share the love of Jesus.

We strive to create a friendly environment where we can explore our faith together. You are welcome here -- just as you are.


What we Believe


Abiding Word is a member congregation of the South Central District of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

WELS was founded in the state of Wisconsin nearly a centurly and a half ago, and now has congregations throughout the United States and Canada and supports foreign missions in many parts of the world. Our teaching is based on the Bible alone, not on human opinion or philosophy.

We believe that God has given the Bible to mankind to show the way to eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, and that the Bible is God’s truth in all its parts.  It is the only reliable guide we have for everything we face in life and death.

Meet our Pastors


Pastor Matt Brown


Ministry Philosophy: Jesus’ church exists for people to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior and share with others his message of forgiveness and love. My goal in ministry is to use God’s Word to carry out Jesus’ mission for his church and trust that he will accomplish his plans through the proclamation of his Word. It is great to be a part of Jesus’ work for his church.

Education: Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. (1995)
Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. (2000)

Experience: I helped start Beautiful Savior Lutheran church in Clarksville, TN. I served that congregation from 2000-2016. While in seminary I served congregations in Maitland, Florida and Milwaukee, WI. I also taught one year of high school from 1998-99.

Personal Interests: God has blessed me with an understanding and supportive wife. He has blessed us with 5 children. We enjoy spending family time together, being outdoors, going to the beach, playing and watching sports.


Pastor Ben Schone


Ministry Philosophy: Love Jesus. Love people. Love telling people about Jesus. Through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, my goal is to share the forgiveness of sins that has been purchased and won for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Education: Bachelor of Arts from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. (2013)
Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. (2017)

Experience: During my studies at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary I served the congregation of Holy Word Lutheran Church in Austin, TX and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI. Through an organization called Academia Cristo, I taught Bible classes in Spanish to people all over Central and South America.

Personal Interests: In my free time I love getting outdoors and seeing God’s beautiful creation. I enjoy watching and playing sports, board games, and reading. I have been blessed with a loving and supportive wife. We enjoy exploring the city of Houston, finding new restaurants to try, time with our families, and the beach.

Our History

1969 - First Church Service

Abiding Word held its first church service at 2:00PM on September 14, 1969 at Bammel Elementary School , just north of our present church building. Pastor Vilas Glaeske from Christ the Lord congregation near Kirkwood and Bellaire led the worship services and encouraged the first families.

1970 - First REsident pastor

In June, 1970 Pastor William Gabb was called to be the first resident pastor of this fledgling group. They found an old farmhouse on Spring-Stuebner Rd. to use as the first parsonage, a place for worship and hold meetings.

1971 - First Land Purchase

After buying 4 acres of land on Red Oak Dr. in February of 1971, they began worshipping in a double wide, relocatable chapel and the number who regularly attended worship slowly increased. Ground breaking for a permanent worship facility and education wing took place on December 31, 1972.

1973 - School first opens

Christian education was close to the heart of the members of Abiding Word and this led them to establish a Lutheran elementary school. They began classes with a total of 19 children in grades K-5 in the fall of 1973. A two-story, 6,000 square foot addition to the school was dedicated in 1979.


Fifteen years passed before the congregation outgrew their facilities. December, 1994 saw groundbreaking for a new sanctuary, a beautiful worship facility dedicated in July of 1995. Moving worship services into the new sanctuary allowed the original building to be remodeled into a preschool center.

2000 - 30th Anniversary

The preschool was opened in the fall of 1994. As the number of students in the elementary school increased, additional facilities were sorely needed. The current Christian Life Center and School was dedicated during Abiding Word’s 30th anniversary celebration service on September 10, 2000. The school and preschool attendance continues to thrive, as does the church membership.

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