Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth formed in 1983 after the decision
was made to divide the existing Diocese of Dallas into two dioceses.
The Diocese of Fort Worth consists of 55 congregations serving 24
North Central Texas counties. Major cities in the diocese include
Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Wichita Falls, Grand
Prairie, Keller, Brownwood, and Stephenville. We have 128 ordained
clergy with approximately 20,000 communicants.
The diocesan offices are located on the west side of Fort Worth near
the intersection of I-30 and Loop 820. The address is 2900 Alemeda
Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76108.
The Right Reverend Jack Leo Iker has served as the third Diocesan
Bishop of Fort Worth since 1995. His predecessors are the Rt. Rev.
A. Donald Davies and the Rt. Rev. Clarence C. Pope, Jr.
From its inception, the Diocese of Fort Worth has committed itself
to the proclamation and practice of a traditional, biblically-centered
faith. There is a diversity of worship in the diocese that ranges
from traditional Anglo-Catholic spirituality to Evangelical expression.
The churches of the diocese continue to grow steadily as a direct
result of our commitment to a traditional expression of Anglicanism
and the fact that many of the North Texas communities we serve are
young and growing.
One of the most exciting ministries in the diocese takes place at
Camp Crucis Retreat and Conference Center. Located in Granbury,
Texas, the geographic center of
the diocese, the facility is the diocesan camp for youth and also
serves as a year-round conference center for all ages. Its summer
program is comprised of weeklong camping sessions
for school-aged children. The summer program includes recreation,
worship, and Bible study, and many lasting friendships
are formed. Thanks to a building
the camp now has meeting rooms and overnight facilities for youth
and adult retreats and conferences; programs operate year-round.
A chapel for corporate worship
is the spiritual heart of both the camp and conference center.
outreach programs include mission work in Mexico and the African
nation of Malawi. Locally, our churches have helped to build
Habitat for Humanity homes in the last six years. Clergy-led ministries
are provided to students at four local colleges and universities.
The Annual Convention of the diocese occurs in November.
Each congregation is represented at the convention by both clergy
and laity. The diocese is divided into six (6) deaneries. The Fort
Worth East and Fort Worth West deaneries take in the congregations
in the diocese’s most populous city. The Eastern Deanery is comprised
of congregations in the mid-cities of the metroplex.
The Southern, Western, and Northern Deaneries take in the rural
congregations, as well as the cities of Wichita Falls, Stephenville,
The diocese takes
seriously its ministry to the Hispanic community. The parish
of Iglesia San Juan Apostol in south Fort Worth
in 1985 and now has over 300 communicants. In 1999, with the
arrival of Fr. Sergio Diaz, Iglesia San Miguel was organized.
In addition, there are ongoing hispanic mission efforts at the
churches of St. Anne’s, Fort Worth, and Ascension/St.
also saw the formation of the thriving congregation of St. Philip’s,
Arlington, as a ministry to the immigrant African community. Ground
was broken in late 2004 for the congregation’s permanent home.
2002 an additional church was planted in the Park Glen area of
far north Fort Worth. St. Barnabas the Apostle is a strong and
meeting each Sunday at Lone Star Elementary in Keller.
congregations in the diocese sponsor schools, offering programs
for children from preschool through high school.
mission statement of the diocese is “To Equip the Saints for
the Work of Ministry.” Taken from Ephesians 4:12, the phrase
sums up the diocesan mission to build up our people for the purpose
of taking Christ's love to the world.
We believe the Diocese of Fort Worth is poised for its best years
as it continues to stand firm in the traditional expression of Anglicanism.