Ground Breaking 2015


Rev West1The congregation of Celebration Community Church broke ground on a community center for the entire GLBT community in Tarrant County on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Church members gathered after their weekly worship services to ceremoniously start work on the $1.1 million expansion to the Fort Worth church’s campus.

The Rev. Carol A. West Community Center is part of a master plan that will more than double the amount of meeting space available in the church’s Fellowship Hall, provide enhanced recreational facilities and community gardens and erect a columbarium where members of the church can be laid to rest.

Alwilda KarnesThe church’s Board of Directors voted to name the new building in honor of Rev. Carol A. West, who celebrates almost two decades at the church.

“Quite often Rev. West speaks to us about stepping out on groundless ground,” said Ron Hill, chair of the Board of Directors. “It’s appropriate for us to remember that message as we step out in faith to build a church facility that will accommodate not only our growing congregation, but also the increasing number of GLBT community groups that rely on Celebration for meeting space.”

Shasta, Brayden & JessCCC owns most of a city block south of downtown Fort Worth in the Medical District. The new addition will expand northward from the historic sanctuary, built in 1950. A formal entry lobby on the northwest corner of the property will lead visitors to two large meeting rooms that, when combined, will accommodate 400 people. The new structure will be tied to the existing sanctuary via a covered walkway.

Tom Guerin of Jepsen/Guerin Architects in Dallas has been retained as architect. Nan Faith Arnold of Nan Faith Arnold Co. in Dallas has been retained as project manager.

A capital campaign to raise funds for the project has been underway for several years. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2016.

See Photo Gallery of Ground Breaking 2015!

To learn how you can support the capital campaign, call 817-335-3222.

The first shovel was turned by Rev Carol A West.
The second, by Alwilda Karnes, our most senior member – representing all long-time and current members.
The third and last, by Brayden, the son of two of our members – representing the future.