Christian Chronicle

Texas minister reflects on shooting that shattered his congregation’s peace

Preacher Britt Farmer lost his best friend in the Sunday attack at a Church of Christ near Fort Worth.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas — Britt Farmer had his head down, focusing on the sermon he was about to preach.

That’s when the 60-year-old minister heard a gasp, followed by gunshots and screaming at the West Freeway Church of Christ.

“I dove down between the pews, which is what we told everyone to do,” Farmer recalled, telling his story from the same second-row pew where he witnessed the deadly attack a day earlier.

In the past few years, the close-knit congregation west of Fort Worth had beefed up its volunteer security team and trained members for a real-life nightmare such as this.

“We need to do something,” West Freeway member Jack Wilson had said after a Nov. 5, 2017, massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, that claimed more than two dozen lives.

Now, on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a gunman had opened fire at the back of the West Freeway auditorium, shattering the peace of the congregation’s weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper. 

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle. 

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