In the mid 1980’s. the Mountain Shadows area was growing fast. Leadership at First UMC realized that the area needed a church, so 5 couples set out to plant a new Methodist church for northwestern Colorado Springs. One of these couples, Russ and Marion Wolfe, donated the use of the Little Church at the (Flying W) Ranch, and the Wilson Fellowship was born.
Here are pics of the original chapel, exterior and interior (decorated for Christmas):
Two retired ministers/military chaplains were recruited, Phil Green and Llyod Nichols, and the little church grew. Later on, another retired minister/military chaplain, Jack Richards, took over pastoral duties, and a volunteer church plant couple, King and Eppie Hastings, lent a hand.
The church’s name, Wilson, comes from Marion Wolfe’s family, who owned a large ranch that covered most of the current northwest Colorado Springs area.
In 1987, the fellowship reached 100 adult members, and was officially chartered as a United Methodist Church. Worship was still at the Little Church, but a new facility was needed. The Little Church was a beautiful chapel with loads of charm and its very own bell in the bell tower, but was lacking in space – no classrooms, no offices, and no bathrooms (unless you made a trip across the Flying W complex to another building).
The Wolfe family donated the land where the current church stands, and plans were begun to build a new church.
Here is a pic of the first worship service (the first Church on the Lawn?) at the new site:
Since that day, the church has had three building phases, to create the current building. The first phase contained the current sanctuary, narthex, the multi-purpose Taos room, an office, classrooms and bathrooms. The second phase added on more offices and classrooms, and a basement. The third phase added additional offices and meeting rooms, plus another set of bathrooms.
In 2008, a special celebration was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the church’s chartering. Here’s a pic from that occasion:
Note: Sadly, the Little Church at the Ranch burned in the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, and no longer exists.
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