Vista Ridge UMC History
It all began in 1987 when the North Texas Conference Visionaries purchased a 5-acre site located in the Flower Mound Lake Bluff Addition. On June 10, 1991, Bishop Bruce Blake appointed Rev. Timothy McLemore to be founding pastor of then Garden Ridge Methodist Fellowship.
Our first organizational meeting of prospective members was held that June. By December 1991, we were ready for our first worship service which was held at what was then the Holiday Inn Lewisville (now Wherehouse Music) at the corner of I-35 and 3040 in Lewisville. In April 1992, we officially became Vista Ridge United Methodist Church.
In 1992 we moved to an interim worship center, a building that was a casualty of the Savings and Loan crisis. With lots of hard work, the teller lobby was transformed into a worship area, the offices into a nursery and classrooms, and the vault into a choir room. It was clear that we would soon outgrow this building, so a Land Search committee was formed.
In April 1998 we broke ground for our new building at the corner of Denton Tap and Highland Drive, and in April 1999 we celebrated completion of “Phase 1.” In June 2000, we expressed appreciation to founding Pastors Tim and Linda McLemore, as they accepted a new appointment for pastoral ministry. We also welcomed our new pastoral family, Rev. Tom and Lisa Palmer, along with their sons Caleb and Jacob.
Since 1999, Vista Ridge has been led by Reverends Tom Palmer (June 2000-2009), Harold Dangerfield (July 2009-Dec 2009), Justin Tull (Jan 2010-May 2010) and Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch (July 2010-present). Additionally, our church has been blessed to be served by Associate Pastors Linda McLemore (1996-June 2000), Lisa Marshall (2004-2006), Sandy Minor (2006-June 2009) and Cheryl Murphy (July 2009-Nov 2011). In June, 2010, Reverend Mary Beth Hardesty Crouch joined VRUMC as our Senior Pastor.
Today VRUMC features excellent opportunities for youth, children, and adults to fellowship, to learn about the Bible, and to worship. We are very active in local Mission projects such as Kids Eat Free, the Christian Community Action (CCA) food pantry, and Back to School programs as well as supporting global missions. If you are not already a part of a church family, come join us!