Our Mission: To help people become deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Highland Park United Methodist Church has a rich history dating back to the founding of Southern Methodist University. The first services of the University Church, forerunner of HPUMC, were held in February 1916 on the SMU campus.

In 1917 construction of a temporary church building, affectionately dubbed “The Little Brown Church,” began near our current location to house the small but rapidly growing church.

On Sunday, February 6, 1927, members gathered for the first formal service of worship in the sanctuary of our present, gothic-inspired building.

Recent history

In 2013, Paul Rasmussen became the 11th senior pastor to serve this congregation of over 15,000 members. Under his leadership, the congregation and staff continue the legacy of outreach in the community and world, with HPUMC celebrating 100 years of helping people become deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ in 2016.

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Growing beyond our main campus

From its humble beginnings on the SMU campus, HPUMC has grown and planted churches. In 2011, the beautiful and historic Munger Place Church was renovated and reopened to become an East Dallas satellite campus for HPUMC and in October 2017, we launched The Grove Church in North Dallas.

In addition to growing externally, we expanded the space available at our main campus with the opening of the Tolleson Family Activity Center in March 2019. This building features 65,000 square feet of space for HPUMC Belong Disability Ministry and Family Ministry as well as an underground parking garage.