History of West Freeway Church of Christ
Few congregations are “born full grown”, but West Freeway Church of Christ is unique! It was formed by the merger of six churches of Christ, beginning with over 700 members, 16 elders, 21 deacons and eight ministers. In 1982, the Sunset church was informed by the Texas Department of Transportation that expansion of the west freeway (I-30) was going to include their property. As the Sunset elders began to search for a new location, they met with the Ridglea West Church of Christ elders. Out of this meeting, discussion of a possible merger began. Other churches of Christ on the west side of Fort Worth were invited to the discussions, which resulted in the formation of the West Freeway Church of Christ from the congregations of Cook Heights, Ridglea West, Sunset, Sunset Iglesia de Christo, Westland and White Settlement.
In August 1982, the Sunset building was sold to the highway department, 26 acres of land was purchased and the first joint worship services of the new congregation was conducted in the Cook Heights building. Groundbreaking for the new building was April 10, 1983, and one year later, on April 8, 1984, the first Sunday morning worship services were conducted in the new building with 765 present. In fulfillment of an original merger agreement, all the elders resigned in 1985 and the membership selected a group of these men to continue to lead West Freeway into the future. Bob Hampton and Curtis Ramey were the first pulpit ministers and served thru 1985.
In 1987, the Family Service Building was constructed to house the Benevolence Ministry, Transportation Ministry, and the Family Counseling Center. In the fall of 1989, Hilltop School expanded to a two-day preschool program with added curriculum and continued to be self-supporting.
Ben Mereness served as pulpit minister from 1986 thru 1989. In 1989, David Thurman changed from family minister to pulpit minister and served until 1994. Monte Ginnings served as pulpit minister from July 1994 until early 1997. Terry Casey began his ministry as pulpit minister in August 1997. Mark Bird served as the youth minister from 1985 until 1989 and Martin Caddell held this position from 1989 thru 1991. Steve Wieduwilt served as the youth minister from 1992 until the end of 1994. Danny Mann served as education minister from 1986 thru 1993. James Trent began his work as an associate minister in May 1995 and has concentrated on the youth program.
In December of 2011, Britt Farmer became the Senior/Pulpit Minister. Britt has served congregations in Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee and serving as a keynote speaker for his “The Greatness of God Love” series which focuses on helping Christians to understand the importance of spiritual family.
Britt is married to Fort Worth native Lisa Bird Farmer who grew up in the Eastridge and Midtown churches. They met at church camp, Camp Deer Run, in 1973 and married in 1977 and have four children and seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
In May of 2016, the West Freeway congregation was approached by a religious group in the area to see if there was the possibility of West Freeway selling the property at 8000 Western Hills Blvd. Discussions among the elders/shepherds (Chris Graham, James Herring, and Mike Tinius) as to what God would want them to do and what would be best for the church family became necessary. After much prayer and negotiation, West Freeway decided to purchase the building previously occupied by the Las Vegas Trail Church of Christ at 1900 South Las Vegas Trail and sell the property at 8000 Western Hills Blvd.
On June 4th Brandon Kaag joined the ministry team as Family Life minister to work with our families and young people in the congregation. We look forward too many years of great work from him. He is joined in his work here with his wonderful family, Marisol, his wife of 11 years, Franklin who is 6, Jacob who is 4, and Isaac is 5 months old.