History

North Central Church began as Scenic Woods Assembly of God under the ministry of Rev. and Mrs. Melvin E. Lake in 1959. Worship Services were held in a house for a few months until they moved into a Civic Center near Mt. Houston and Homestead Road. Two lots were purchased on the corner of Homestead Road and Sam Houston Street where a tent was erected for services until a 50′ x 50′ flat top building was constructed. In 1961, the name of the church was changed to Northwood Assembly of God.

In 1965, Rev. and Mrs. Lake contacted Evangelists Paul and Patricia Emerson about the prospect of coming to pastor Northwood. After much prayer and consideration, Rev. and Mrs. Emerson moved to Houston and became pastors in May of 1965.

Almost immediately, the leadership realized the need for more classroom space and a sanctuary. In 1966, a new Sunday School wing was completed and shortly after, a new sanctuary to serve as a lighthouse to the community. Northwood was growing rapidly and the leadership again realized the need for bigger and better accomodations. The two lots were insufficient to fulfill their vision so the decision was made to relocate and build a new church. Through prayer and fasting the Lord provided 5 acres next to 3 acres owned by Magnolia Gardens Assembly (formerly Calvary Assembly founded by Rev. and Mrs. Earl Hogan), under the leadership of Rev. and Mrs. Ernie Parker. Northwood merged with Magnolia Gardens Assembly and formed North Central Assembly of God.

North Central broke ground in 1979 on the first of two initial building phases, the Educational Wing. The first service was held in the new facility in February, 1981.

A ground breaking service for the second building phase (the Sanctuary) was held in the Spring of 1983. On January 27, 1985, the first service was held in the new facility.

Pastor Emerson and the board of directors saw a need for a final phase to the North Central campus and in 1994 the Family Life Center was completed.

In February of 2005, North Central voted to relocate north of its present location and purchased 20 acres of undeveloped land on the corner of Spring Creek Drive and Aldine Westfield Road (12 miles north of its current facility).

A Ground Breaking ceremony was held on April 4, 2006, and by the end of the month, work had begun on a new, forty thousand square foot, first-phase building.

North Central held its Grand Opening on Sunday, January 21st. Filled to capacity, it was an awesome day of celebration! God is Faithful! In March of 2007, having faithfully served as Senior Pastors for 42 years, Pastors Paul and Patricia Emerson retired from full-time ministry. Co-Pastors Larry and Debbie Emerson were voted in as the new Senior Pastors of North Central.