Our History

For nearly 70 years God has worked in and through this church to change lives, provide hope, and give people a family. We hope you will take a moment to read about the rich and faithful history of God's work here at Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church. You're always welcome here!

Born in a funeral home

In 1954, Ridgewood Park Methodist Church was a dream that started in Crane-Longley Funeral Home. While members often joked that people were dying to come to the church, it wasn't long before the congregation grew beyond what the funeral home's chapel could hold and a permanent home was needed.

Our first building

In 1956, we opened the doors of our brand new church home on Lovers Lane. At the time, our first building was hailed by local news as "futuristic" church architecture, but for us it was a place to call home.

Gym addition

In 1974, we expanded our campus to include a gym, commercial kitchen, and lots of classrooms to facilitate the growing needs of the church. The gym has also served as a great space for community groups and sports teams to use over the years.

Sanctuary cross finds a new home

The sanctuary cross from our original building was donated to Prothro Center, a United Methodist campground located on Lake Texoma. This cross now serves as the focal point of the outdoor chapel space at Prothro and has become one of the most recognizable features of this campground.

New Sanctuary

In 1999, the dreams, prayers, and bold leadership of our members culminated in the construction of our beautiful new sanctuary. For over twenty years countless baptisms, weddings, and weekly worship services have been held in this incredible place. We are grateful for the faith of so many who helped make this dream a reality. We know that you will encounter God and a great church family in this place.

New Ministry Center

In 2005, our original sanctuary was renovated and a kitchen was added so this space could serve as our Ministry Center. We use this room all the time for various events like church meals, large group gatherings, and even worship.

RPUMC today

Today, we strive to honor the past and all the saints that got us to this place. For nearly 70 years God has changed lives in and through this church and yet we know that God is just getting started with us. We work everyday to remain rooted in the traditions that have brought us to this place while also staying relevant to modern life. This is a place where our faith and our life intersect. God is good all the time.