Gruene UMC was created out of the love and desire to further God’s Kingdom in New Braunfels in 2006 as a daughter congregation of First UMC, New Braunfels. Rev. Karen Horan, founding pastor, was given the task along with about 30 members of the launch team to prayerfully consider what God’s will was for this new congregation. After 7 months of community gatherings, preview services, much prayer and much planning, Gruene UMC launched on September 17, 2006 at Hoffmann Lane Elementary School. Over 130 people attended and God’s presence was felt.
In January 2008, Gruene UMC chartered and became its own entity apart from the parent church. In March 2008, Gruene UMC outgrew Hoffmann Lane Elementary and moved to Canyon High School. On July 12, 2008, we officially broke ground on our 22,000 square foot phase one facility, and had our first worship service in the new facility in November, 2009.
As of 2016, we have around 700 congregants and are growing every day. We just recently built a new Youth and Mission Outreach Building that opened in June 2015. As always, we continue to work with our community here in New Braunfels to help provide in various ways and share the love of God.