Our History

Our History

Celebration Event Details Below

St. Mark’s was chartered in 1945 and the first worship service was held on December 2nd, 1945 in the old Zach White Elementary School building that still stands across Doniphan from White Spur Park in El Paso’s Upper Valley. A total of 104 persons became members of St. Mark’s in its first year, and on August 4, 1946 many of them stood in the middle of a cotton patch and broke ground for a sanctuary.


The new building on Love Road was first
used for worship on Christmas Sunday 1946.
The church grew as families moved to the
Upper Valley.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 1947
      In January, the first baby born to members of St. Mark’s was Daniel P. Husband, son of Mr & Mrs Cecil Husband.  The first All-Church Dinner was prepared by the women of W.S.C.S.
      In February, the first meeting of St. Mark’s Men’s Club was held. The stated purpose of the group was to assist boys in the area to live wholesome and productive Christian lives.  The club started with a membership of 30 men and the first officers were: R.R. Hall, president, R.F. Nash, vice president, and J. Don Hudgens, secretary/treasurer.
During Easter services in March, there were five babies baptized: Daniel P. Husband, Richard B. Gillett, Elizabeth Ann Glass, Guy P. Hudgens and Robert A. Skipworth.
      In May, The Rev. Wayne Douglas was assigned to St. Mark’s Church.  According to the first annual report by the Trustees, church property was valued at $23,000.
During the latter months of the year, the women of the W.S.C.S held two cake sales and a turkey dinner to raise money to buy carpet for the two Sunday School rooms in the new church.
In November, the members of St. Mark’s invited the people of Mt. Franklin Baptist Church to share a joint Thanksgiving service in their new building.

An education wing was built in 1959 and in
1987 a two-story education building was



A new. larger sanctuary was built in 1977.




In 2003 the Springstead House (a half-gym with two classrooms) was built for the school.



With each addition the people were providing, not just for their own needs, but also for those who would come after them. The buildings that house St. Mark’s are resources that are used for a wide variety of ministries.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Private School

Founded in 1965

Elementary School: 5005 Love Rd, El Paso, TX 79922      (915) 581-2032 

Middle School: 5257 Charl Ann, El Paso, TX 79932         (915) 875-8285

It is our mission to: 

Provide students with a quality education in an atmosphere of a caring community of faculty, staff, parents, and church.
Within this Christian environment, students will be encouraged to achieve their full academic, spiritual, moral, and physical potential.

Our Philosophy:

Recognizes that each child is a unique creation of God and we strive to nourish each child’s individual aptitudes. We welcome children of all races, cultural backgrounds, and religious faiths, as well as those with no formal religious affiliations.

St. Mark’s School encourages each child to achieve at their full academic potential. With that in mind, the school is staffed with qualified faculty who provide an encouraging environment as they work with supportive, involved parents. The school emphasizes basic learning with a focus on producing excellent readers with a good foundation in mathematics. Scholastic excellence is sought through a well-rounded and challenging curriculum that stresses the fine arts. Enrichment teachers provide diverse opportunities for students to excel.

Join Us,

St. Mark’s 75th Anniversary Celebration!

October 11th, 2020

Guest Speaker
Former St. Mark's Pastor

Felicia Hopkins – Senior Pastor, St. Paul UMC

Felicia Hopkins, Senior Pastor at St. Paul UMC.                 

“I am originally from Buffalo, New York, but I have been in the state of Texas for almost 19 years. Here in Texas is where I began my ministry and my family. I am the proud parent of two wonderful beats of my heart, Samuel and Adam Hopkins. Samuel is a Senior at UT Dallas and Adam recently graduated from Abilene High School. I received my BSW from Valparaiso University and my MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Along this journey, I have been honored to serve several wonderful communities to include Jackson Chapel UMC, Parker Lane UMC, Wesley Foundation United Campus Ministry at University of Texas at El Paso, St. Mark’s UMC and the United States Army Chaplain Corps”.

Celebration Event Postponed to 2021 due to Covid 19

Join Us
St. Mark’s 75th Anniversary
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
St. Mark’s School 55th Anniversary Celebration's
Saturday October 10th
A Historical tour of our Church Campus
Hamburgers & Hotdogs – Fellowship Time

St. Mark's United Methodist Church Anniversary Celebration
Sunday October 11th

St. Mark’s Middle School Gym
5257 Charl Ann St, El Paso, TX 79932 Time: 11:00am

A BBQ Luncheon following in a Tent on the school grounds

Jazz Unlimited will provide music during the luncheon.