In October of 2002, the South Texas District of the United Pentecostal Church was established. Sister Connie Bernard, of Austin, wife of our new District Superintendent David Bernard, became our founding South Texas District Ladies Ministry Director.
Our first LUV Conference (Ladies United in Vision—a title given to us by Sister Bernard) was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas in June 2003 with a few hundred in attendance. Our first District Mothers Memorial offering was $35,551.48.
In 2005, Sister Ginger Wedgeworth, of Texas City, was elected as our new Ladies Ministry Director and served in the position until 2008. During her time of service, our attendance at LUV Conferences continued to increase, as did our Mothers Memorial offerings. Our venues for LUV Conferences moved around the District during those years—Sugar Land, Corpus Christi, and Stafford.
June 2008 found Sister Gena Caruthers, of San Antonio, being elected as our new Ladies Ministry Director. Sister Caruthers faithfully led the ladies of the South Texas District until April 2013. Under her leadership, the South Texas Ladies Ministry continued to see amazing growth and blessings.
The fall of 2009 brought phenomenal changes in the South Texas District. Brother David Bernard was elected to be the General Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International and Brother Ken Gurley was elected to be our new District Superintendent. His wife, Sister Tessie Gurley, became our new First Lady!
In April of 2013, the leadership of the South Texas District Ladies ministry changed to Sister Barbara Johnson. Another record-breaking offering was received in August of 2013 with an astounding total of $106,048.66! Just think—our very first Mothers Memorial offering in South Texas was a little over $35,000.00. The Mothers Memorial offerings for South Texas have now surpassed the $150,000.00 mark! To God be the Glory!