University Christian Church (UCC) will commemorate their 150th Anniversary at a special service on Sunday, October 15 at 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman will be welcoming former UCC minister, Rev. Dr. R. Scott Colglazier. The two will lead the service. UCC’s Chancel Choir will also perform with guest musicians.
The service on October 15 will conclude a 3-week sermon series that includes “Explore the Past” (October 1), “Embrace the Present” (October 8) and “Impact the Future” (October 15). A celebration reception will follow the service in Walker Hall for all attendees.
University Christian Church’s history is tied closely to that of our neighbor, Texas Christian University. In the fall of 1873, Add-Ran College was established in Thorp Spring, Texas. Sunday services, attended by the whole community, were held in the college chapel led by college President Addison Clark.
In 1895, the school and its “university church” moved to Waco, but a devastating fire destroyed this campus in 1910. An invitation to relocate to Fort Worth was extended and accepted, and university and church moved to their present location on “the hill” in 1911. TCU and University Christian Church continued to operate together until funds were finally secured to build a separate “church house” for the congregation on land donated by TCU on the northwest corner of University Dr. and West Cantey St., where we are today.