Agape began out of a group of moderate Baptists in Fort Worth who met on weekends for worship, fellowship, and prayer in homes and at the Edna Gladney Center of Fort Worth throughout the summer of 2005. They established “Agape Baptist Fellowship” on June 26, 2005. On September 11 of that year, Agape began Sunday morning Bible study classes for all ages and a morning worship service at the former Westcliff United Methodist Church facility. They voted to constitute as a church on November 6, 2005 and started receiving members. Eighty-nine people became members of the church on the first Sunday. By the end of January of 2006, 156 people were members of Agape Baptist Church. The church baptized ten people the next month–the first baptisms of the new church. Dr. Gerald Marsh provided pastoral leadership to the church during this period. Dr. Paul Sands and Dr. Charles Wade have served as interim pastors at Agape before the church called its first full time preaching pastor in 2010, Dr. James Hassell.
By mid-2013 when James Hassell accepted the call to pastor First Baptist Church, San Angelo, Texas, the active Agape membership had grown to 250.
Agape voted in mid-2013 to work through Karl Fickling, B.G.C.T., to enter the Intentional Interim Ministry program. November, 2013, Dr. Dean Dickens accepted Agape’s call to serve as an intentional interim and continues to nurture the congregation to prepare it for calling a future full-time pastor.
May 1, 2016, Dr. Dickens led the congregation to begin plans for community initiatives that will enable us to meet people in the surrounding areas to establish relationships that result in sharing Christ with them.
Agape had moved to 3900 Southwest Boulevard in April 2007. Educational Outreach Ministries (ESL, GED, and Citizenship classes) were added, and the church had grown to over 400 members. Agape has started three new language-specific churches (Karen, Korean, and Spanish) since 2010. In March 2011, the church voted to purchase 10 acres of land at 6800 Harris Parkway in Fort Worth in order to provide spiritual care and to be a moderate Baptist voice for one of the fastest growing areas of the city. The church entered a capitol campaign to pay for land in an expedient manner and initiated a monthly Saturday evening worship service at Fort Worth Academy, a school on Harris Parkway.
Under the care and insights provided by Dr. Dickens the Harris Parkway property was fully paid off. The church later decided to sell the property on Harris Parkway and utilize the existing property and structure for the church needs and to minister to the community within which it is located. The property on Harris Parkway is currently listed for sale and is expected to sell in the future.
We have five core values:
We are committed to God-centered, Bible-based worship.
We are committed to Christian discipleship led by the Holy Spirit.
We are committed to an unconditionally loving fellowship.
We are committed to local, national, and global missions.
We are committed to historical Baptist principles and practices.