El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church

About Us

Our Church History

The beginning of the Spanish speaking church in Kingsville, Texas goes back to the year1914, when the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church appointed Bishop W.R. Lambuth to organize the Texas Mexican Methodist Mission. It was under the leadership of the missionary, the Rev. Frank S. Onderdonk, who was appointed to organize the Spanish Speaking Church in Kingsville. Rev. Bacilio Soto came to Kingsville and on May 7, 1915 received the first members of the Spanish Methodist Mission. The next minister was Rev. Zenon Moraida who served from June 1915-June 1918. It was under these two ministers that the church bought the first lot of land and built a small chapel. During the years 1915-1930’s the church grew so much that by 1940 the small chapel was insufficient to accommodate the church members. Plans were made to build a new sanctuary. It was under the ministry and leadership of Rev. Daniel Cortez that the church had a ground breaking ceremony in 1951 on the lot which the church had bought in 1915 located on the corner of North Ninth. The present sanctuary was completed on April 1952. The construction of the parsonage was started in the spring of 1976, it is located at 426 East Shelton Street.  




 Sunday School 9:45am – 10:45am for all ages

Worship Service 11:00am -12:00pm

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. 

Youth Group

Plan activities for fundraiser to be able to go summer camp each year.

Youth from 6th Grade – 12th Grade can participate in attending camp in Sacramento, New Mexico.

Youth camp are one week in July. Leaving Kingsville on Sunday afternoon and returning the following Saturday. 


Fellowship meals are shared after the worship service once a month.

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study are held on the 1st Saturday of each month.

More events will be posted as they are Scheduled 

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Welcome to Kingsville!

I trust that you are finding the city to be one that has welcomed you with open arms.

I know that it can often be a difficult time moving into a new area, getting acclimated to the roads, enrolling the kids in school, getting to know new people on the job, and a host of other items too numerous to mention in a short letter.

One of the greatest things that can take place in the life of a family moving into a new area is to find a church that is warm and accepting.  We believe El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church is the kind of church you would enjoy, so I wanted to be sure to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend.

Sunday School 9:45am-10:45am Worship Service 11:00am-12:00pm

Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study (1st Saturday of each month) 

As a church, we are committed to the person of Jesus Christ, and we base our teaching upon God’s revealed word, the Bible. It is our desire that people come to place their trust in Christ to forgive and lead them, and that they grow in their relationship with Him.

We seek to provide regular teaching and preaching of the Bible, meaningful times of worship, opportunities for fellowship, prayer, outreach, and numerous other ministries for people of all ages. 

For much more information about El Buen Pastor UMC, and if you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit our web site at elbuenpastorumckingsville.com some areas may be under construction.

If there is any way I can be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

In Christ,

J.E. Canales, LPIC

Church Bell Ringing

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El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church

501 East Alice Ave, Kingsville, Texas 78363,

(36) 455-1395



By Appointment


9:00 am – 12:00 pm


9:00 am – 12:00 pm


By Appointment


9:00 am – 1:30 pm




10:00 am – 12:30 pm

**** All appointments may be made by contacting the pastor at 361-455-1395

Christmas Tradition


On May 2015, El Buen Pastor UMC celebrated 100 years... 

And for at least 80 years, we have had a tradition in preparing Fruit Bags for Christmas and shared them with the congregation members, children and families around the church. This year, we remembered members who played a big role and now have gone to be with our Lord, like Juan and Meme Chapa who ran their small family owned grocery store located on Richard St. They would donate a box of apples and oranges, plus candy. Then the members would gather to stuff the bags and pass them out after the Christmas Program. 

We are happy and blessed to see that this tradition is still going strong as we prepared 100 bags. 

Our goal for 2018 will be 200 bags. 

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We Welcome You With Open Arms

We would love for you to join us!

El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church

501 E Alice Ave, Kingsville, Texas 78363,

(361) 592-6689

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Javier E. Canales (Lay- Person in Charge)


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