Some things never change. Today, people are still looking for truth. It’s not enough to know what we believe, but why we believe. We want answers… we want clarity… we want real change… we want to live the right way… we want TRUTH.
Truth in a world that lacks hope is hard to find. So, how do we know when something is REALLY true? We know that truth is REAL when it lines up with what the Bible says and when it’s characteristic of who God is, specifically His character and His perfect will.
Our goal is to REACH out to people who need help, to BUILD people up in their knowledge of God, and to teach people to LIVE the right way, following God daily.
This is who we are, this is what defines us. We invite you to join us and discover your place. Join us in building a growing church, a community of people who want to reach out, build up, and live right.
Vision: Reach, Build, Live
What we believe
We connect people to God, others and the lost.
Bible Centered Preaching & Teaching
We believe in teaching the word of God and the full Gospel
Living a life of worship that is focused on God’s presence
We focus on global, local, and individual missions work
Equipping Godly Leadership
We hold biblically-centered values that are reproduced throughout all areas of leadership at Fossil Creek Church
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where do you have services?
We meet every Sunday at 9:00 AM and at 10:30 AM. Click here for a map/directions.
How long does a service last?
The Sunday morning services generally last an 65-70 minutes.
What about my kids?
We know your kids are important to you. They are important to us too. Our kids ministry, Creek Kids, provides an exciting experience for infants through 5th grade. This allows you to get the most from your experience at Fossil Creek Church while your child is receiving high levels of care, attention, age-appropriate teaching, and fun.
How can I become involved?
The best ways to get involved are to:
- Start attending regularly and get to know people.
- Get involved by joining a small group or a volunteer team.
What is Fossil Creek Church like?
We are an established church that has vision. It can be intimidating to go somewhere you’ve never been, so that’s why we want to make your experience a welcoming one. If you’re looking to connect with God and looking to connect with people, this is the place for you.
What are services like?
Our worship services feature a great worship experience and culturally relevant teaching. Our services are heartfelt and enthusiastic worship experiences that are sure to be a blessing to you and your family.
What should I wear?
We want you to come as you are. Please wear whatever you feel most comfortable in…whether it be a pair of jeans and a t-shirt or a suit and tie. Everyone is welcome.
What about my teenagers?
On Sunday mornings, your teenagers are invited to attend service with the adults of Fossil Creek Church. All junior high school and high school students are invited to youth services held upstairs in room 214, every Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. Click here for more information.
How can I grow in my relationship with God?
2 Corinthians 5:17 says when someone becomes a Christian, they become a brand new person inside. A new life has begun. Your new relationship with God is up to you, but we are here to help. Start attending services regularly, being in an atmosphere where worship and God’s Word is being proclaimed will affect your life drastically. You should also attend one of our small groups geared to help you begin living for God and point you in the right direction.
What does your church believe?
Fossil Creek Church is a Christian church that is deeply committed to the truths of the Christian faith. What we believe is detailed on our beliefs page and reflects a commitment to Biblical teaching and principles.
If you have a question that we didn’t answer, feel free to contact us and ask.
The history of Fossil Creek Community Church dates back to 1921 when evangelist Raymond T. Richie held a revival in Fort Worth. Many converts of the revival, along with others from an independent Pentecostal church, organized the Rosen Heights Assembly of God under the direction of Rev. J. C. Wilder.
Rev Wilder pioneered the church, meeting in a tent at 22nd and Clinton streets. During the next year a white, wooden-framed building was erected and Rosen Heights became the second (and larger) Assembly of God church in Fort Worth. Rev Wilder, who had helped form the Assemblies of God denomination, left Rosen Heights church in 1925 after four years of ministry.
Rev. E. B. Crump was elected pastor in 1925, and ministered to the congregation for a year until Rev. M. M. Penson, who also participated in the forming of the Assemblies of God, came to guide the fledgling congregation as pastor.
In 1927 Rev. E. L. Newby was led by God to pastor the church, which at the time averaged 250 in attendance. During the next two years, the congregation built a brick structure, which still stands today. This was the first brick Assembly of God built in the state of Texas. Rev. Newby was elected State Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in 1929, and left Rosen Heights church in order to carry out his new duties as State Superintendent.
Rev O. B. Braune became pastor in 1930, and continued the work of the Lord as pastor of the Rosen Height congregation for the next thirty-six years. Under Rev. Braune’ s ministry the church engaged in citywide outreach, and established a city mission for the poor.
In 1966 Rev. Ira Stanphill became pastor, and the next eight years saw the largest sustained growth in the church’s history.
In 1971 the church relocated on eight acres of the old Shannon Homestead near Rockwood Golf Course. The church name was also changed to Rockwood Park Assembly of God. The facility was a colonial design surrounded by large, beautiful pecan trees. The structure seated 850 and had larger educational facilities. At the time, the Rockwood church facility was acclaimed as one of the most beautifully designed churches in the country.
In addition to Dr. Bert Webb, who served as interim pastor during Rev. Stanphill’s illness, there have been four other pastors; Rev Otis Keener, Rev. Glenn Papit, Rev. Joe Bialy, and Rev. Ron Pettet.
In 1995 the congregation of Rockwood Park Assembly of God agreed to purchase 14 acres of land in the Fossil Creek area of north Fort Worth with the goal of constructing a new building and relocating from the Rockwood Park location. The current church property sits on North Riverside Drive just north of Western Center Boulevard. The Riverside property is in the middle of one of Fort Worth’s fastest growing areas.
In September of 1998, the Korean Baptist Church of Fort Worth purchased the Rockwood Park facility. The selling of this property was the second major milestone toward relocating the Rockwood Park congregation to the Fossil Creek property.
Construction of the new Fossil Creek facility began in early 1999. In July of 1999 the church name was changed to Fossil Creek Community Church to better align with the new property location and place special emphasis of ministry throughout the community. The congregation held its first service in the new building May 28th, 2000.
Construction of a two-story narthex was added to the north side of the existing building in 2007. This facility added several new classrooms and a new youth hall in addition to a ‘commons’ area which is a popular gathering area before and after services. A master plan has been developed for the current property with future growth plans to include construction of a larger auditorium and additional nursery facilities.
In June 2014, Rev. Ron Pettet retired from Fossil Creek Community Church after 23 years of ministry and leading the church from Rockwood Park to Fossil Creek. His ministry is celebrated daily as God’s vision through him is seen in everything from the attitudes about serving others to the building layout.
Rev. Phillip Dow stepped in as interim pastor immediately following Rev. Pettet’s retirement. The church experienced a rather seamless transition and elected Rev. Phillip Dow to be their Senior Pastor on November 2, 2014. With the election of Rev. Phillip Dow, the church is positioned to reach North Fort Worth with proven and new techniques and methods.
We respect and are thankful for our heritage. At the same time, we look forward to the days ahead.
Thank you for reading about our story. Check back to see how it continues to unfold.