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ABOUT AGAPE' MCC

Agape' is a place where God's people can come together, touch each other, and in community, praise God. It is also the place where we can all be renewed to reach out and offer God's blessings and words to those that have not yet heard of a God who loves and cares for all people.

We are a group of people using the teachings of Jesus the Christ as a basis of our faith while incorporating global faith traditions into our beliefs. We strive to create a safe environment for individual growth and free expression of ideas.

We are people, the body of Christ, the hands, feet, and voice of God in our place in time, showing forth God's call for justice and peace, for a meaningful life for all people.

Our Mission - With open hearts, open minds, and open arms, Agape' MCC is a nurturing faith community seeking God's will by celebrating inclusive worship, redefining family, and providing a voice for justice.

Our Core Values - We believe that a sacred space: Welcomes and affirms all people; Does not "stand idly by" in the face of inequity and injustice: Communicates the unconditional love of God for all; Improves the spiritual connections between each person and God as she or he understands God.

OUR HISTORY

With Rev. Troy Perry beginning the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles on October 6, 1968, the word spread that lesbigaytrans people of faith were beginning to come together, for the first time in history, in an identifiable way.

In 1970, a group of lesbigaytrans people of faith began meeting privately, in Fort Worth, Texas, sharing a common dream. That dream grew and became what is now Agape' Metropolitan Community Church.

In 1972, the group in Fort Worth met with official representatives of what became the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Rev. Elder Richard Vincent & others met with representatives of this group to charter Agape' Metropolitan Community Church as a local congregation of the UFMCC.

Meeting for a while in the log cabin at the YMCA, the group moved to a storefront location on Hemphill Street. A great deal of harassment was experienced by the church at this location, but the work continued, and in 1983, under the leadership of Rev. Jim Norwood, moved to its present location in southeast Fort Worth. With Rev. Norwood's call to another field of service, Rev. Marge Perry led the congregation from 1985 through 1988.

Rev. Brenda Hunt became Senior Pastor from 1989 through July 2001 and became our longest serving pastor to date. Rev. Ken Ehrke was called as Senior Pastor in November 2001 through February 2008. During this time, a new Outreach Building was built. Rev. David Wynn became our interim Pastor in 2008, and was elected as Senior Pastor of Agape’ MCC in August of 2009.

Agape' MCC continues to serve the community through its work in a wide range of ministries and collaboration in the work of organizations celebrating and seeking justice for all of God's people.