Dr. Stew Grant
Pastor of Marriage and Family Ministries
Dr. Stew Grant has been a United Methodist since he was 10 years old. He was called into ministry in his teens after attending a revival led by Ed Robb’s father at First United Methodist Church in Humble, Texas. He remembers seeing Ed at the revival as a young man with his family, and realizing that a young pastor could do this job even with children in tow.
A calling into ministry was always in the back of his mind, but he didn’t pursue it until after he finished a degree in Marketing Research. It was then that he went to Asbury Theological Seminary, and he began his first course of study in the area of pastoral care and counseling. His first appointment was at First United Methodist Church in Wharton Texas. He was only there for a short time when Dr. Robb graciously sought his appointment here at The Woodlands UMC in 2000 as the Pastor of Caring Ministries.
It was through this ministry of caring for people that he really began to realize his calling into ministering to relationships, particularly marriage and family relationships. He served here for nine years before he took a position at the Center for Healthy Relationships at John Brown University to work on federal grants and finish his doctoral studies. He taught graduate counseling and was able to work with some great minds in the relationship sciences.
After many years of research and study, he found that this idea holds true - “Relationship sciences overwhelmingly affirm scriptural truth. Precept upon precept in Scripture is often empirically affirmed. Relationships are why we live. And it is clear in Scriptures that our relationship with Christ is what defines all others.”
One statement in particular from Dr. Gary Oliver gave voice to Stew’s passion and calling. Dr. Oliver believes that as go marriages, so go families, and as go families so go communities, churches, states, and nations. Marriage is the building block of society.
Stew remembers hearing this statement for the first time and thinking, “Yes! This is why I was called into ministry.”
So when Dr. Robb ran into Stew at Texas Annual Conference in August of 2017 and asked him if he would ever consider coming back to TWUMC, his answer was a definitive “Yes.” Stew knew that bringing a marriage and family pastor onto the staff of TWUMC was an opportunity to impact marriages, not only for this church, but also in this community and beyond. He is looking forward to the work before him.
This ministry is not one Stew chooses to do alone. He and his wife Shelli have been married since 1990 and are partners in marriage ministry. They have traveled all over the country teaching about healthy marriages on college campuses.
Stew and his wife Shelli are the parents of Ashley (24), Zach (23), Jonathan (21) and Stephen (18).