The parish of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is working to build a vibrant, exciting community where Christ is exalted and worship and discipleship are the results of a loving relationship.
To preach the gospel, teach and make disciples, and lead in our community with works and acts of kindness and generosity.
The parish of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is more than two decades old and is the result of the merger of two smaller congregations.
In 1982, Bishop Maurice 'Ben' Benitez of the Diocese of Texas issued a direction that two Episcopal congregations should merge and become one. All Saints Episcopal Church in Galena Park and St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church of North Shore merged in June of that year under the name of St. Simon and All Saints.
After a year of parish meetings and prayerful consideration, the congregation voted to change the name to St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. The name was chosen from a list of three given to the congregation by Bishop Benitez.
Who is St. Timothy?
Born at Lystra, Lycaenia, Timothy was the son of a Greek father and Eunice, a converted Jewess.
He joined St. Paul when Paul preached at Lystra replacing Barnabas, and became Paul's close friend and confidant. Paul allowed him to be circumcised to placate the Jews, since he was the son of a Jewess, and he then accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey.
When Paul was forced to flee Berea because of the enmity of the Jews there, Timothy remained, but after a time was sent to Thessalonica to report on the condition of the Christians there and to encourage them under persecution, a report that led to Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians when he joined Timothy at Corinth.
Timothy and Erastus were sent to Macedonia in 58, went to Corinth to remind the Corinthians of Paul's teaching, and then accompanied Paul into Macedonia and Achaia. Timothy was probably with Paul when the Apostle was imprisoned at Caesarea and then Rome, and was himself imprisoned but then freed.
According to tradition, he went to Ephesus, became its first bishop, and was stoned to death there when he opposed the pagan festival of Katagogian in honor of Diana. Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, one written about 65 from Macedonia and the second from Rome while he was in prison awaiting execution.
His feast day is January 26.
At the newly formed church in North Shore, the Reverend Lee M. Adams became the rector of St. Timothy's where he served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989. Under Adams leadership, the church grew and prospered. Adams led a capital campaign to build a new sanctuary, the one that still stands today. The new sanctuary features beautiful rectangular windows along the nave, a seating capacity of 300, and modern, circular windows at the front and back of the sanctuary. Rev. Adams, who served as Rector Emeritus, passed away in 2004. An outside prayer and reflection area that is on the southside of the breezeway connecting the Sanctuary and the Parish Hall, is dedicated in his memory. A bronze plaque is featured on the wall.
In 1989, Reverend Rod Pierce assumed the rectorship of the church. For two years he labored until he left to return to his first love, to become the chaplain at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in downtown Houston. Many will never forget his pastoral love and service.
After several months, Rev. Tom Day was called as the next priest to lead the church. Rev. Day led the church to new heights, including the building and dedication of the new Parish Hall complete with educational space, offices, commercial kitchen and dining facility. Rev. Day served at St. Timothy's for a decade until he was called to another church.
In the interim period, Rev. Jim Smalley and Rev. Margaret Williams served the church.
In March of 2004, Rev. Jim Hamilton, along with his wife Jan, accepted the call to serve at St. Timothy's. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin where he received his B.A. in history and psychology and attended seminary at Episcopal Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Rev. James Hamilton was born in 1949 in Toledo Ohio. He grew up in a military family and traveled extensively with his family during his youth. He has lived in Ohio, Okinawa, Arkansas, Germany, Texas, Kentucky and Florida. He graduated from Mac Arthur High School in San Antonio and from the University of Texas in Austin in 1974. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in Sacramento, California before moving to Houston.
In 1976 he married Jan Stanuell and they moved to Lexington, Kentucky while he was in seminary. He was an Assistant to the Rector and Chaplain of the Day School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 1980 he became Rector and Headmaster of a Church and School in Marlin, Texas. He served as Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson, Texas for almost nineteen years before accepting the call to become Rector of St. Timothy's in Houston in 2004.
He has been active in ecumenical ministry, serving in leadership positions in the Texas Conference of Churches, TCC Constitutional Committee, St. Vincent's House, The Houston Campaign for the Homeless Allocations Committee, and was president of the Texas CROP Board for many years. In the Diocese of Texas he served on the Small Church Conference and was chair of Wider Ministries.
He also served at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and has been on the Outreach Committee and Executive Board of the Diocese.
He received recognition in Dickinson being given the Mayor's Honor Recognition Award and had a day set-aside in his name.
He has also been the Houston Area Episcopal CWS Chair and was recognized by Church World Service for his work. He is one of only a few who have received the Pioneer Achievement Award.
The Rev. Jim Hamilton took his retirement from ministry in the Diocese of Texas in a glorious service on May 27, 2012 with his wife Jan and two children, Jimmy and Cindy, attending the service.