Antioch Fort Worth (originally named Christ Fellowship) is founded with 13 adults and 14 kids in Grapevine, Texas. We meet from house to house with a simple desire to be the church of Jesus Christ in simplicity and power.
The Lord gives us a word and we move the church from Grapevine, Texas to Fort Worth, Texas. We desire a greater ethnic and economic diversity, access to Texas Christian University, headquarters for our church-planting movement, and a strong sense of God’s call and leading to Fort Worth.
During the next few years, we challenge our members to be “missionaries to America.” In 2004, we plant our first international church and in 2005, we launch a Discipleship School.
After years of serving and partnering with the Antioch Movement, the leaders of Christ Fellowship understand that the Lord is calling them to formally connect with the Antioch International Movement of Churches, based in Waco, Texas.
After meeting in this shopping center for three years, Christ Fellowship purchases the Southwest Plaza in south Fort Worth, after years of being a mobile church, renting office space and venues. At the time of the purchase, we anticipate there will be several build-out phases as the church grows and the Lord leads.
Christ Fellowship officially changes its name to Antioch Fort Worth to reflect our identity and calling to Fort Worth, to the nation, and to the nations of the earth.
Antioch Fort Worth begins a two-year discipleship and generosity initiative called Nathan Initiative. Nathan means “given,” and we are people who are Given to God and Given for Others. This marks the first build-out phase as we begin construction on a new auditorium, kids ministry classrooms, and staff offices.
When we look back over the years, we are grateful for all God has done, and for the many lives that have been changed and impacted by His grace. Today, as we look forward, we are more excited than ever because we know God is still wanting to use us. Our best days, our best stories, and our best testimonies are in the future as we trust our great God.