Fort Worth, Texas – June 21, 2018 – After more than 75 years at the corner of Camp Bowie and Westridge, Ridglea Presbyterian Church is moving.
On Thursday, the church announced that it has purchased property at 5000 Southwest Blvd., site of the former Bethel United Methodist Church. In May, the church sold its existing property at 6201 Camp Bowie to MDJ Partners, a Fort Worth commercial real estate developer. The terms of both deals were undisclosed.
“Although moving is always hard, this is an incredible opportunity for us,” said Rev. Ryan Baer, the church’s pastor. “The new site is just two miles to the southwest, so we’re not leaving Ridglea. We’re going from a small lot with just eleven parking spaces to a site with over three acres of room, and we’re cutting our annual maintenance and utility costs by more than half. The move will enable us to do even more for the kingdom of God here in Fort Worth and beyond.”
Although the real estate transactions have been completed, the dates for the congregation’s final worship services in its existing building and first services in its new facility have yet to be scheduled.
“We’re busy renovating the new site and we hope to be in by the end of this year,” said Rev. Baer.
Chartered in 1943, Ridglea Presbyterian Church is a member congregation of Grace Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).