The Houston International Seafarers’ Centers are a “home away from home” for seafarers visiting the Port of Houston. Chartered in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as a non-profit organization under the laws of the State of Texas, the two Centers have during their existence, served over a million visiting seafarers. Both Centers exist as the result of a deep desire and concern within the local maritime industry, followed by active support and involvement of the community and local churches, to provide a safe and welcoming recreational and spiritual environment on land for those who have chosen the sea as their livelihood.
Recognizing that all human persons are a gift of God, the mission of the chaplains and Committee for Ministry to the Port of Houston is to carry out a ministry of presence, outreach, witness, worship, service, and advocacy to, with, and for seafarers and their families from around the world.

CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX PROGRAM:  Every year St. Paul's support the centers by donating Chrismas boxes packed full of items requested by the centers for the seafarers' from around the world. The shoebox sized boxes are packed, gift wrapped and delivered to the Seafarers' Centers by our parishioners just in time for Christmas.

Crew sizes vary between 8 and 30, with an average of 22 seafarers' per ship.  The Christmas boxes are personally carried to each ship by your staff of Port Chaplains - "your staff" because thery are funded by denominational mission funds in this ecumenical ministry.  They begin shortly after Thanksgiving and continue gifting seafarers until all the gifts have been distributed. 

There are two seafarers centers in Houston. The contact information is listed below.  


Howard T. Tellepsen Seafarers' Center

Located on the Upper Level of Wharf 23  - Map

9250 High Level Road; Houston, TX 77029

P.O. Box 9506; Houston, Texas 77261-9506



Lou Lawler Seafarers' Center 

1700 E. Barbours Cut Blvd. - Map

P.O. Box 1434; La Porte, Texas 77571-1434