Meet the Pastor

Dr. Robert E. Childress

Head Pastor

Robert Childress, a native Houstonian, received an A.A. Degree in General Studies from Lon Morris College in 1985, and his B.A. Degree in History / Sociology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1987. 
He obtained his Master's Degree in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology in 1991.  In 1997 Robert Childress received his Doctorate Degree in Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  
He began Pastoring in 1985 in East Texas. Dr. Childress came to Covenant Glen UMC (Fort Bend County) in 1990. At that time, the church had a membership of 35; today, Covenant Glen's average weekly worship attendance is approximately 1,200.  Under Dr. Childress's leadership, the church has developed several community-focused ministries, including an Elementary Prep School (Ubora 1991-2015), a vibrant Prison and an Outreach Ministry, a housing development ministry, an apartment ministry,  and various programs and services that ministers to families at all levels.
Pastor Childress has served on many boards; the Fort Bend Child Advocacy Advisory Council, Texas Southern University Board of Regents, God, Family, and Country Committee, Founder of the Ubora School, and the Fifth Street Revitalization Committee. The FSRC  is responsible for the transformation of an impoverished area that surrounds the church. Water system upgrades, housing, and roads were rebuilt so that the area is now viable and flourishing. The FSRC was a joint venture between the religious and public sectors. 
Dr. Childress has been featured in several local papers, including the Houston Forward Times, Defender, Houston Chronicle, Fort Bend Star, Southwest Sun, and the Houston Business Journal.  He is the recipient of numerous awards: Magna Cum Laude award for graduating number 4 out of a 465 member graduating class at Forest Brook High School in Houston, Texas, recipient of 12 Dean's List Awards, Who's Who Among American College Students, Martin Luther King Jr. Visionary Award, NAACP Community Service Award, Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Award, and several other community-based honors.  
Dr. Childress is the founder and leader of The Liberation Project Inc. This church-based community development corporation developed a Youth Drug Prevention and Intervention Program funded by the State of Texas. The YDPI   provides life skills training for at-risk children and youth in the Fort Bend area. The Liberation Project also developed the Glen Park subdivision, which made homeownership possible for 113 families in the Fifth St. location of Missouri City. 
He is the founder of an Economic endeavor, which owned two funeral homes in Fort Bend County.    
Dr. Childress has been happily married to Doris Childress since 1986 and is the father of two daughters Mackenzie Faith and Morgan Hope.


Doris Childress

Communications Director  and Children's Ministry Coordinator

Doris Childress, a native Houstonian, has been part of the Houston television scene since 1993. As a journalist and TV Host, she has won several national and international awards. Childress served as host for the Emmy Award-winning WeekDay, and Weeknight Edition shows on Houston PBS from 1995 to 2002. In 2007 she took over the anchor chair for Houston Public Media's the connection Public Affairs show. She hosted and produced Texas' only statewide legislative show – the Capitol Report. In PBS's spirit, Childress has produced several documentaries covering local issues and other topics that have taken her abroad to such destinations as Israel, Zurich, and Taiwan. Doris currently works as a freelance journalist.
In 1994 Childress graduated from the University of North Texas receiving her Master of Arts in television and film. The documentary film became her area of concentrated study. As a skilled interviewer, she has interviewed such distinguished newsmakers as Colin Powell, Bill Moyers, President Bush, President Carter, and the Vice President of Taiwan –Annette Lu, to name a few.
 Before her PBS career, she served as a reporter/anchor for the Central Texas CBS affiliate- KBTX. While at KBTX, Childress became the featured reporter for the station's Nightside Report. KDFW in Dallas, Texas, was the starting ground for her television career. In her years of broadcasting experience, Childress has received such broadcasting awards as The National Gracie Award, five Academy of Arts and Science Television Emmy Awards, the International Telly Award, PBS-SECA, Houston Press Club Awards, and numerous community acknowledgments.
Her 2000 AWRT National Gracie recognition named Childress - Outstanding Anchor representing major markets nationally.
In the community, Childress has worked with the Open-Door Mission and the Liberation Project. She is presently a board member for the Liberation project in Fort Bend County (a youth intervention and prevention program). Childress also served on the Noah's Ark of Safety Foundation board, an outreach program for sexually abused children. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Lon Morris College. She has served on the Southminster School Board and executive member of the Wesley Academy School Board. Doris became an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in 2016, fulfilling her dream to be an educator.  
She is an active member of the Covenant Glen Church in Missouri City, where her husband, Robert, of 36 years, serves as Senior Pastor. At Covenant Glen, Childress works as Children's Ministry Coordinator and Communications Director. In 2019 Doris became a full-time faculty member at Texas Southern University in the School of Communication. Completing her accomplishments is the role of proud mother to Mackenzie Faith and Morgan Hope Childress.