Like many churches, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City has been through a lot since hurricanes Rita and Ike. And now the congregation of some 300 members has said goodbye to its pastor for seven years, the Rev. David Green, 46. 

“His leadership was unbelievable,” said church historian Mildred Hatton, a member since 1950. “He really held our hands during difficult times. Sometimes we prayed in parking lots when there was nowhere else. It’s really a miracle it turned out as well as it did.”

Green and his wife Anita have moved on to Cold Spring UMC.

Anita Green is also an ordained minister.

The Bishop’s Office of the United Methodist Church Texas Annual Conference replaced the Rev. Green with the Rev. Brad Morgan, 37, a graduate of Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. “He is eager to be here and glad to be here” and up for the challenge of continuing the St. Paul legacy, said Hatton. Morgan and his wife Laura have two children, James, 7; and Kate, 5.

St. Paul began in 1944 with 47 charter members. Its original location was at the corner of Texas Avenue and Roundbunch Road, where the new Walgreen’s Drugstore is now. After the building was not deemed safe after Hurricane Rita, the church was torn-down in favor of moving to its new location, 1155 W. Roundbunch Road. 

The first service there is slated for June 28. At present, members meet in a temporary location on Farm Road 408.

Hatton added that an open house is set for July 13. 

For more information, go to or call the church office, 735-5546.