When a couple moved to Fort Worth and realized a church that taught reformed theology did not exist in their area, they started to pray. Where to attend church? Where to join with other believers? Where to serve in Christ’s name?
Those prayers led to discussions with other couples who also sensed the need for a church rooted in reformed doctrine. From the first visits and first prayers, God led this unlikely group of friends to start a new congregation, Fort Worth Presbyterian Church (FWPC), in 1992 with the approval from the Presbyterian Church in America denomination.
Along with the founding pastor, Rev. Michael C. Sharrett, the members of FWPC began hosting Bible study sessions in their homes. Months later, the voices and prayers of FWPC attendees filled the Marty Leonard Chapel—a facility owned by the Lena Pope Home and rented to the church for services. Eventually, when more space was needed, the church moved its meetings to the Texas Boys’ Choir building not only to access a venue for the main worship service, but also to utilize classroom space for Christian education.
In 1997, the church purchased land at the corner of Oakmont Trail and Hulen Bend Boulevard in hopes of building a permanent meeting space. Six years later, God graciously allowed their vision to reach fruition; the first service was held in the churchs present location that August.
With the church settled into ministry and functioning more like an established congregation, Rev. Darwin Jordan accepted the senior pastoral position in 2004. The church currently has six ruling elders and two teaching elders who serve in leadership and ministry roles.
Through the hardships and moments of discouragement, God faithfully and compassionately led those four families to work and serve His Church, creating a community of believers who now number in the hundreds who minister in other countries, who tackle civic issues, who champion the helpless, who love the unlovely, who send out more church planters. Through Gods grace, Fort Worth Presbyterian Church now seeks to “nurture a joy for loving God and loving people by proclaiming, believing, and living out the gospel of Jesus Christ.”