The Gulf Coast Baptist Association's Executive Board, voted on January 7, 1974 to establish a harbor ministry in Freeport, Texas. Baptist laymen in the Brazosport area felt a need for a service to seafarers while their ships were docked in the Freeport harbor. An appointed committee made a further detailed survey of the need and recommended Rev. Gordon Johnson as the first Chaplain/Director. The ministry started functioning in March of 1974, at which time the ministry was named THE SEAMAN'S CENTER. A former missions building owned by First Baptist Church of Freeport was secured as the ministry's first home. On May 15, 1994 the ministry held Dedication and Open House celebrations for its present location. This facility sits on property that Port Freeport has generously leased to us long term. On recommendation of the Seaman's Center Board of Directors, the Gulf Coast Baptist Association, at its annual business meeting held on October 11, 2007, approved the name change to TEXAS PORT MINISTRY. And so the ministry continues to serve seafarers and prepares to launch into new areas of service to the Freeport harbor community.