Our Story

Luke & Anna

Luke and Anna came to The Ark in 2012 after he spent 5 years in student ministry. They shared a desire to serve in a healthy culture with a dream to plant a church one day! In 2014 the Lord spoke clearly to Luke about starting a church in Huntsville… and the rest is history! Luke went to Alan with the prompting and the vision was born!

“Anna and I came to The Ark ready to start a new season in ministry and have never looked back! We’ve fallen in love with everything about The Ark and are so excited about the opportunity to to take what we’ve experienced here and plant another Ark in Huntsville with the same heart. We couldn’t be more grateful for Alan and Joy. Their leadership, integrity, and reverence for the Lord have served as one of the best examples we could follow. We’re so excited about this opportunity and so thankful for their influence and impact in our lives.”

– Luke Cunningham

Alan and Joy Clayton

Alan and Joy Clayton started their ministry spending ten years with founding Pastor John Osteen at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. In June of 1996, with Pastor Osteen’s blessing, they came to Conroe, Texas with two other couples to start The Ark Church. The first service was held at the Conroe Montessori Center with 27 people. Today The Ark Church is home to more than 6,000 weekly attenders, the creators of the popular Bible reading plan Project 3:45, and is making a Kingdom difference in the lives of thousands of people weekly through outreach ministries and it’s heart for people. From early on, Pastor Alan had it in his heart to plant churches and invest in the future of The Ark through expansion.

The Lord has been so good to us in 20+ years of ministry here in Conroe! His faithfulness has taken us from two couples to a thriving, life-giving church making an impact all over Montgomery county. We have always seen The Ark as a “train them up and send them out” culture for young leaders. When Luke mentioned Huntsville had hit his radar we were thrilled about the potential and excited to expand The Ark Church to reach more people!

– Alan Clayton