Revitalizing a Healthy Church Culture

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Featuring Bryan Rose, Chris Kouba, and Tyler Gilliland

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Thursday, December 2 at 2:00pm EST

ChurchNEXT — Revitalizing a Healthy Church Culture

Featuring Auxano

Getting to the heart of the matter:

Essential Discipleship.


Every church experiences ups and downs, but First Baptist Humble seemed to have suffered multiple challenges one after another.

After Hurricane Harvey left 3 feet of water standing in their faculty, staff changes and failed rebranding left the church physically and metaphorically stripped to the studs. New Pastor Chris Kouba stepped in 18 months before a global pandemic, and has led a complete remodel of the church from the vision to the name and ultimately to a new exciting culture.

Hear the story of recovery and reclamation of purpose that has led United City Church to not only survive but thrive for the last two years from the two leaders most visibly responsible for the culture shift.

Church leaders can learn from their experience as every church now faces a new season of reengagement and revitalization.

Featured Guests

Chris Kouba

Lead pastor of United City Church

Tyler Gilliland

Worship Pastor of United City Church

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Featured Guests

Chris Kouba

Chris Kouba is the lead pastor of United City Church. Along with a unique ability to bring God’s timeless Word to real, everyday life, he brings almost 20 years of ministry and dynamic leadership experience to effectively reach the least, the last, and the lost to a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ. As the lead pastor, Chris provides biblical teaching, leadership, and direction to both the staff and the church as a whole. He is known for his passion, directness, and unwavering commitment to equip the saints – you – for the work of ministry, and he believes it begins with everyone, every day, taking that next step.

Under his leadership, this historic church, founded in 1906, has experienced a fresh move of the Holy Spirit, baptizing record numbers since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. His vision to reach those who are not yet here with the life-changing message of the Gospel can be seen as he enthusiastically equips the church to live on mission outside of the Sunday experience, taking their next step to becoming disciple-making disciples who are ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

A native to Houston, Chris graduated from Baylor University. He received his Master’s of Divinity from Dallas Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris met his wife, Hillary, while they were both attending Baylor, and they have been married for over 19 years. They have four children: Katelyn, Mackenzie, Hudson, and Griffin. Their combined commitment to strengthening families to raise the next generation of Christian leaders begins in their home and moves outward as they champion other families in the community to do the same.

Before serving at United City Church, Chris began his ministry and leadership at Prestonwood Baptist Church, where he served for over 17 years. In addition to his role as lead pastor at United City Church, Chris currently serves as a board member for Houston Baptist University and as an adjunct professor for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In his off time, Chris enjoys smoking meat, coaching his kid’s sports, and anything competitive in nature or involving his alma mater, Baylor University.

Tyler Gilliland

Tyler Gilliland is the Worship Pastor at United City Church.



As Senior Lead Navigator and multisite specialist for Auxano, Bryan's vision facilitation weaves a strong strategic style with an engaging creativity. With experience in virtually every church ministry role, Bryan enjoys connecting with the diverse staff and lay leader perspectives on the teams he serves.

Prior to Auxano, Bryan served in a pastoral capacity for 12 years in three churches, in contexts ranging from a church "replant" to a growing megachurch. His most recent role was leading the multisite initiative as campus pastor of a 3,500 attendance church in Metro Houston. Bryan and his wife Kelly now live in the Nashville area with their two children. Bryan has a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Architecture from Mississippi State University.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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