On August 8, 1954, 139 people met for worship at Crane-Longley Funeral Chapel at 6534 East Northwest Highway. That service was the inauguration of a new church on the edge of Dallas called Ridgewood Park Methodist; 32 of those worshipers joined as members at the conclusion of the service. Over two years later, members were finally able to move into their own building at 6445 East Lovers Lane. They had an identity, excitement, a mission, and a physical home!
Much has changed since then: the funeral chapel has been replaced by a Pep Boys, the edge of the city has long since come and gone, “The Methodist Church” has become “The United Methodist Church”, and the original sanctuary has grown and evolved into a compound. However, much remains the same: Ridgewood Park is still strategically located to reach people for Jesus Christ.
We have one of the most convenient addresses in Dallas. We are mere minutes away from downtown skyscrapers, museums and performance halls. We are close to shops, malls, grocery stores, and service centers. We are just a few miles from Southern Methodist University and Richland College. We are surrounded by strong public and private schools. We are less than two miles away from Dallas’ greatest nature and recreation resource – White Rock Lake. We have access to major freeways, but are far enough off the beaten path to retain a neighborhood feel.
The neighborhoods around Ridgewood Park reflect our highly mobile society. There is a steady stream of newcomers and we believe all of them need a church home. We rejoice that we can embrace everyone – young families to senior adults – and enjoy the stability of community together. Our location is a great asset, but it is not our greatest asset. Ridgewood Park is a special place because of the people who have chosen to live out their commitment to be disciples of Jesus Christ in this place at this time. Ridgewood Park has a warm and personal feel.
Yes, we have a beautiful sanctuary, great music and worship, and great programs. But the thing that visitors remark about time and again is “that feeling of being welcome; that feeling of being at home.”
We hope that every person feels at home when they walk into Ridgewood Park. We want people to know that they belong. We want them to feel challenged to become all that God has created them to be. We want them to discover God’s purposes for the world; and we want to help them discover how they can be a part of those purposes.
Ridgewood Park is a great place to be a part of the family of God. We have a great history, a great location, a great congregation, a great opportunity, and if we keep our eyes on our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ, our future will be greater still.