We are Spiritually Alive
We are Inclusive

Our ministries reflect our mission to “reach up to God and to reach out to others” which begins with our Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. At RPC, there are many ways to both connect with God and each other through large group and small group activities for all ages, including Sunday School, fellowship groups, and outreach opportunities.

Our History

From its beginnings in 1942, Ridglea Presbyterian Church continues to be a dedicated participant in the growth and welfare of Fort Worth. 

 

Early in its history, Ridglea Presbyterian Church with twelve other churches founded the still very active food pantry WestAid, and with two other Presbyterian congregations founded the successful ongoing Presbyterian Night Shelter. Its “Just Bring It” and other outreach programs testify to creative community support.  It is a long standing sponsor of Scouting and other youth activities.   

 

 

Recently relocated from its original location on Camp Bowie Boulevard, Ridglea Presbyterian Church cherishes its faithful commitment to the welfare and spiritual health of the Presbyterian Church, its membership and the community at large. 

The first sentence of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Order states that “The good news of the Gospel is that the triune God … creates, redeems, sustains, rules, and transforms all things and all people.”  Such a wide-ranging statement reminds us that Ridglea Presbyterian Church (RPC) is connected to the broad sweep of the history and the future of the Church universal.  We affirm that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, this one living God is incarnate in Jesus Christ, who came to live in the world, die for the world, and be raised again to new life.  The gospel of Jesus Christ announces the nearness of God’s kingdom, bringing good news to all who are impoverished, sight to all who are blind, freedom to all who are oppressed, and proclaiming the Lord’s favor upon all creation.  Within the Synod of the Sun, within Grace Presbytery, and within our neighborhood, RPC strives to be a community of faith, a community of hope, and community of love, and a community of witness, pointing beyond itself through word and work to the good news of God’s transforming grace.  (adapted from The Book of Order, F-1.01, F-1.0301)

We are a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Ridglea Presbyterian Church is a member congregation of Grace Presbytery, which encompasses the DFW Metroplex and much of northeast Texas.  Grace Presbytery is part of the Synod of the Sun, which is made up of the presbyteries in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  The Synod of the Sun is part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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Staff

Roger Harwerth

Pastor

The Reverend Roger A. Harwerth is a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary and has served churches in Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oregon, and Washington. Roger has always been active in Presbytery leadership, including as chair of the Committee on Ministry and as an Ordination Exam Reader.  He has been a commissioner to General Assembly (2012) and served on the Personnel Committee of the Synod of the Pacific, as well as being a member of a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance  Mission Team (from Eastern Oregon Presbytery) to Birmingham, Alabama. Roger grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and his home church was Westport Presbyterian in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  Roger and Brenda were high school sweethearts and have been married since 1980.  All three of their children (Chris, Amanda, and Hannah) are grown and married, and Roger and Brenda have two grandchildren.  Roger enjoys singing in choral groups and is an avid snow-skier; he also enjoys playing Bluegrass and Gospel music on the upright bass.

Patricia Taber

Office Manager

Patricia has served as RPC’s Office Manager since 2016. She loves practicing hospitality by opening her home to family and friends. She has two sons, Chris and Brian, and three lovely grandchildren. Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:31: What then shall we say in response to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?

John Sauvey

Director of Music

John has served as RPC’s Director of Music since 2007. He has a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance, and when he is not at RPC, he enjoys both performing and attending performances at Bass Hall as well as spending time with his family. John is married to his husband John, and together they have two sons–Hayden and Johnny, and two spoiled dogs–Lancelot and Gwenhwyfar. His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 150.

Dale Bench

Organist

Dale has served as RPC’s organist since 1988. You will often find him eating breakfast at La Madeleine, his favorite restaurant in Fort Worth. Dale’s partner Ed also plays the organ, and the two of them are active members of the American Guild of Organists. Dale loves learning languages and traveling, especially to see all the historic organs in other parts of the world. His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 150.

Pier Crenshaw

Bookkeeper

Pier has served as RPC’s bookkeeper since May 2013. Her favorite place in Fort Worth is Sundance Square. She and her husband Perry have four daughters, three “sons-in-love” and two amazing grandsons. She LOVES Mexican food, and her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.

Thomas Rodriguez

Custodian

Thomas has served as RPC’s custodian since 2002. He is married to Estella, and together they have five children: Monica, Jennifer, Angel, Carla, and Izaiah. When he’s not at RPC, he enjoys working in his yard and being with his family. Thomas is known as an early riser, and is often the first person at the church on the days he works.

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