On Sunday, February 18, 2018, Ridglea Presbyterian Church reaffirmed its belief that God may be calling the congregation to a new home. By a vote of 96 in favor to 11 against, the congregation authorized its trustees to sign a contract to purchase the site of the former Bethel United Methodist Church at 5000 Southwest Boulevard in Fort Worth.
Although the financial terms of the contract are not being disclosed outside of the congregation and Grace Presbytery, the deal gives the congregation ninety days to do a complete inspection of the property, take measurements, and perform any other research it may deem necessary. In the meantime, the congregation continues to field multiple purchase offers on its current building at 6201 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth.
“This is an exciting time in the life of Ridglea Presbyterian Church,” said Reverend Ryan Baer, Ridglea’s pastor. “Although it’s certainly hard to think about leaving a building that we’ve known and loved for 75 years, this new site is less than two miles away. If this comes to pass, we’ll still be the Ridglea Presbyterian Church, still seeking to make a difference for the kingdom of God on the west side of Fort Worth, the same as we have since we were chartered in 1943. This isn’t about downsizing or financial desperation. This is a move toward faithful stewardship of the incredible resources that God has poured into this ministry.”
A member congregation of Grace Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA), Ridglea Presbyterian Church is in its 75th year of mission and ministry in Fort Worth, Texas. At present, the congregation is located at 6201 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth.