The Avenue F Church of Christ has experienced many transformations during its 45 years of existence. It is the first and only predominately Black Church of Christ congregation in Plano, Texas. It began in 1957, when Bro. Elbert Moore, minister in Garland, Texas baptized the first member of what was then called the Avenue G Church of Christ. Bro. W.R. Beal, the first minister of the newly formed church, began working to move the congregation forward in membership. Bro. Beal and his wife struggled long and hard with the church. They worshiped in a worn down house on Avenue G. Whenever it rained, it would rain inside the house.
Sis. Annie Mae Clough, who was the first member to be baptized, invited the church to worship in her home. In 1960, Bro. Beal invited Bro. Oscar Lee Bailey, who had been preaching in Dallas, Texas to Plano to preach. Bro. Beal informed Bro. Bailey of his plans to resign. In 1962, Bro. Beal did resign, however, Bro. Bailey had also been offered and accepted the ministry in Mineral Wells, Texas. For two years, the Plano church was without a full-time minister.
Bro. Craig Christman remained the minister until September 2006 when Bro. Ramon Hodridge assumed the role of full-time minister of Avenue F and growth has continued for the congregation. Under his leadership, an addition was added to building, a part-time office administrator, Sis. Cheryl Morgan was hired, and a family life minister, Bro. Bret Paschel was appointed. Additionally, new programs in the various ministries have evolved and in 2010, Bro. Hodridge began training aspiring leaders to become the congregation’s first elders and deacons.
In 2010, the congregation was offered the opportunity to purchase land adjacent to the church’s parking lot. The first elders and deacons were installed in February 2011, which include Shepherds – Larry Bowditch, Fred Hodridge, Michael Kelly and Rowland Strong and Deacons – John Batts and Frank Spencer. Since the installation, additional land was acquired in partnership with the local Habitat for Humanity charity. The congregation is planning for future growth, with a new facility and more opportunities for better community outreach.