Who We Are
We are an eclectic bunch of all ages. We are singles, couples, seasoned theologians, returning religious refugees, and families of all kinds. Greenland Hills is an inclusive church seeking to share God’s love in concrete ways through outreach activities that extend across the city and the world.
Greenland Hills welcomes you, whether you are just discovering your spiritual journey or whether you have been in church all your life. When your faith seeks understanding, Greenland Hills strives to provide a safe space for questions of the intellect. When your heart hungers for connection, our church offers a welcoming community. We hope you'll join us!
Greenland Hills was organized in 1941 by Rev. H.J.H. Ellzey, a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s School of Theology. Arrangements were made with the Dallas School Board to use the Stonewall Jackson School as a temporary meeting place, and the first service was held on Nov. 9, 1941 with 26 people in attendance.
In March 1942, a one-block site on Penrose, between Delmar and Bremen, was purchased (for $2,250) with plans for post-World War II construction. Nearly four years later, in January 1946, Rev. W. Raymond Corrigan led the ground-breaking ceremony to begin construction of the $60,000 Austin stone church.
In 1947, the church was finished and began serving the rapidly growing East Dallas community. Originally built in modified Gothic architecture, the building has changed little over the years. In 1953, first floor classroom space was added, the attic was finished out and air conditioning was installed. In 1998, we modified the sanctuary by removing the drop ceiling to open the look of the ceiling.
While we treasure the beauty and historical significance of our church building, we realized that much of it needed repair. In 2009, Greenland Hills began a fundraising campaign to expand the current building into a new facility, totaling approximately 4,700 square feet. Glory Be Fellowship Hall and our new preschool opened in 2011.
Whether it was being created just as America was joining World War II, getting in the middle of local civil rights movements in the 1960s, protesting the Vietnam War, or creating a safe place of worship for its diverse members, Greenland Hills has always been a small church unafraid to be in the middle of a big issue. With about 200 families currently making up Greenland Hills, the church continues to be the intimate, caring, neighborly church it was created to be. We are a small church with big hearts, big plans and a big faith.
At Greenland Hills, we aspire to be disciples who are moving toward being…
Rooted, and living a life of gratitude and joy
From the seed of our humanity…
Glorious, flawed, and mysteriously spiritual
Drenched in the experience of being God’s Beloved
Split open by grace through Christ
A life of gratitude
Anchored in life-giving relationships through…
Our inclusive, multi-generational church community
The rhythm of worship
A life of joy
Growing, and living a life of perspective and wisdom
Drawn to the truth through . . .
Careful study of the Scriptures
Honest dialogue of prayer
Spiritual practices, symbolism, and rituals
Wellness of mind and body A passion for the church
Open, informed discourse around the issues of our world
A life of perspective
Tempered in the seasons of life through . . .
Confession and forgiveness
Mature handling of conflicts and differences
Spiritual guidance and accountability
A life of wisdom
Reaching, and living a life of love
Stretching, shading, and bearing fruit through . . .
Vocation and purpose
Service and advocacy for the marginalized
A life of love
WHERE WE ARE
We are located in a cozy East Dallas neighborhood, just east of Central Expressway and south of Mockingbird.
Greenland Hills UMC
5835 Penrose Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206