Our Story

Our Beginning: Reaching New People

Hulen Street Church began in 1959 as Sunset Heights Baptist Church, a Connell Baptist Church church plant in Fort Worth, TX. The people of Connell Baptist realized a growing community in Fort Worth and saw the potential for more people to know the love of God.

Sunset Heights Baptist Church became a reality through a series of tent meetings, with people becoming disciples of Jesus and family with one another. The church eventually changed its name to Hulen Street Baptist Church to reflect its immediate location.

Our Turning Point: Relocation

As the years passed, the church began to see the need to move to the rapidly-growing Candleridge area of southwest Fort Worth. Pastor Josef Solc led the challenge to sell their property near Hulen Street and Interstate 30 and buy the Hulen Street Tennis Club, located just south of Hulen Street and Altamesa Boulevard.

Many within the church were skeptical or unwilling to change locations, so much so that 90% of the church members found another church to be a part of. The 10% that remained resolved to see Hulen Street Baptist Church reach people in southwest Fort Worth for the gospel.

Within the first two years of moving to its new location, Hulen Street Baptist Church began to see amazing growth, ministering to many within the community. They opened their tennis courts and swimming pool to the public and began making in-roads in the nearby Candleridge community for the gospel.

Growing Up: Rebuilding And Expansion

After one of the church's buildings burned down, the people of Hulen Street saw a major opportunity to respond to the continued growth they had experienced. They decided to rebuild the old building and expand the other building that sat upon the 14-acre property. The church raised the money through an initiative called The Gathering to rebuild the burned-down building and add a Worship Center.

In 2010, Hulen Street went through many changes all at once: calling a new Lead Pastor, new staff, and beginning a new direction toward making and maturing disciples. Additionally, the name was changed to Hulen Street Church. In 2011, we began a series of initiatives to expand God's Kingdom: first through a partnership with new church startups worldwide and second by expanding and renovating our building to better serve our growing community.