Groundbreaking Ceremonies Officially Begin Next Phase of New Cental Texas Conference Service Center Project

November 18, 2013

by Vance Morton*
 
After years of praying and planning and fund-raising and planning and praying and planning and praying and...the endeavor of moving the Central Texas Conference Service Center (CTCSC) into a new building on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth took a huge step forward last Friday, Nov. 15 when ground was officially broken.
 
Several key members of the New CTCSC task force joined Texas Wesleyan University President Fred Slabach during ceremonies held on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University to break ground on the greater Texas Wesleyan/ University Rosedale Renaissance Project. With a huge smile on their faces and a golden shovel in hand the group formally kicked off the next phase of the project that’s been in the works for the past few years.
 
The new 15,000 square foot service center, which was officially approved during the 2012 Central Texas Annual Conference meeting, will be centered on East Rosedale Street, just across from the new clock tower and main entrance to the Texas Wesleyan campus. This is one of four components of the Rosedale Renaissance project, which also includes the clock tower and entrance, $32 million in street improvements and a Business incubator.
 
“Any one of these four projects would be a major victory worth celebrating,” said President Slabach, “but these four projects stand together to signify the rebirth and emergence of the Polytechnic area as a growing economic center in the city of Fort Worth. We are most excited to welcome the Central Texas Conference to the neighborhood and look forward to working closely together.”
 
Prior to “turning some dirt,” Dr. Wild pinch-hit for Bishop Lowry, who was engaged in the fall Council of Bishops meeting in North Carolina, and served as the conference’s representative at the podium. During his remarks, Dr. Wild highlighted one of the great hopes and joys of incorporating the new Service Center into the TWU Rosedale Renaissance Project - the opportunity to renew and expand on a long-standing and fruitful working partnership with Texas Wesleyan.
 
 “This indeed is a great, great moment in our lives,” he proclaimed. “Not to make the building happen, but to look at what might happen and can happen and will happen beyond that as we do training and education for spirituality, as we look into evangelism and spiritual transformation and growth...as we look at our center becoming a ministry center to this area. To join Polytechnic United Methodist Church and help both of us in partnership with Texas Wesleyan.”
 
Plans for the new service center are in the final design stages and construction is expected to begin early in 2014. No official timetable for completion of the building or when the staff would begin using the building as its base of operations has been announced, but it is hoped that the new home of the CTCSC will be open for business before we celebrate our sweet Lord’s birth in 2014.
 
The below is video from Dr. Wild’s brief comments during the groundbreaking ceremonies as well as the ground breaking itself. Please pardon the windy audio quality and the (at times) shaky video.

 Visit txwes.edu for more on Friday’s groundbreaking event.

 
 
*Vance is the director of Communications and IT for the CTC. vance@ctcumc.org