Our Community & History

Unity of Fort Worth is a dynamic center of love and light in our community, welcoming all people and teaching and endeavoring to live the positive principles of truth. Our campus is host to a wide variety of classes, groups and activities. Please browse through the website to find out more.

Unity is centered in practical Christianity. We affirm the essential unity of all people as children of God and celebrate the transformative power of lives centered in the limitless love and light of the Divine.

Reverand-Ruth-Gilpin-JohnsonOur History

Unity Fort Worth was founded by Rev. Ruth Gilpin Johnson in early 1949. Rev. Johnson came directly from Kansas City and was in the last class taught by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore.

Rev. Ruth originally held classes at the Blackstone Hotel and later at the Flatiron Building in downtown Fort Worth.

In 1952, land was purchased on Page Ave., and the first Unity Fort Worth center was built. During the 1960’s the church was the largest Unity church in the Metroplex. In fact, it helped other local Unity churches become established. Ruth remained as minister until 1979.

Rev. Bob Sikking served after Rev. Johnson retired. During the early 1980’s several ministers served at UCFW including Floyd Howard, Kent Kissinger, David Drew, and Analea Rawson.

When Paul John Roach and family arrived in September 1988 the church had under 50 people attending on Sundays and an annual budget of around $80,000. From 1988 to 2000 the church grew steadily. Davis Hoffman-Roach was Paul’s wife and partner in ministry. She was an integral part of the leadership and vision and growth of Unity Fort Worth

And grow it did! Land was purchased for a garden and in 1997 a new extension was added which included a large foyer, bookstore, and classroom space. Attendance also grew. Two services were added and folding chairs were brought into the sanctuary to accommodate overflow crowds. We were proud of our new space. Even so, it was soon obvious that the Page Avenue church was too small for its growing congregation.

In 2000 we relocated to 5051 Trail Lake Drive to a space of over 42,000 sq feet, about eight times the size of the Page Ave. church. The church had grown to over 800 members with a $1 million budget.

Rev. Paul Roach is still at UFW. For over 28 years he has been an important catalyst in the grown of the church, addition of new programs, and the move to its new location. The gentle man with the funny accent has truly become the much-loved spiritual leader of this dynamic, exciting church. Thanks to the Internet, people around the world listen to podcasts of his weekly sermons and to his weekly radio program on Unity FM called World Spirituality.

Sadly, we lost Davis to breast cancer in 2003. However, her memory, influence, and spirit are still very much a part of Unity Fort Worth. Perhaps her most lasting legacy to us is her daughter, Miriam.

We’ve watched the little five-year-old girl grow into a poised, self-confident woman whose own spirit lights this church. And even though she’s all grown up and has moved away to Big D, she still comes home to UFW from time to time and platforms for daddy.

We were all thrilled when Paul fell in love again. In 2005, Paul married Wendy Vann and our community was blessed with a talented, beautiful, and compassionate addition to our family.

Like all spiritual communities, we invest great hope and pride in our young people. Our youth and family ministry is an especially important part of UFW. Our mission is to draw forth from every child and teen their innate love and wisdom through the teaching of Unity spiritual principles in an environment that is God-centered, loving, respectful, beautiful, and safe.

In our youth lies the hope for a better world! Youth Of Unity = Y.O.U. rocks!

Here at UFW there are certain iconic structures that are unique to our church and part of our heritage and identity. A beautiful peace garden, maintained by faithful volunteers, our peace pole which was originally installed in 1992 at the Page Ave church and was brought with us when we moved to our current location, an outdoor walking labyrinth added in 2006, and in 2008, Max & Nona Meinen presented the church with a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted totem pole.

But through the years, it’s the Boards, staffs, and congregation of UFW that has made this place so special. We are truly an embodiment of Universal Truth, unconditional love, and abundant life!