St. Barbara Mission

Fort Worth, Texas

St. Barbara Mission

Founded 1978

Diocese: Diocese of the South

Deanery: Southcentral Deanery


5201 Altamesa Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas 76133-5927

Church: 817-294-0325

Parish Contacts

Home: 817-346-6879
Office: 214-522-4149

Lay Leadership

Mr. Nicholas Zebrun
Choir Director
Matushka Christine Zebrun
Church School Coordinator


General Location
St Barbara Orthodox Mission is located in southwest Fort Worth in Wedgewood.  We are now meeting at our new location:  5201 Altamesa Blvd, just one quarter mile east of the intersection of Altamesa and Granbury Rd.  Our new parish home is only 1/2 mile south of our old location.

From I-20
Take the South Dr/Granbury Rd exit.  Proceed south on Granbury Rd for approximately 1 mile to Hulen St (This is a major intersection).  Contunue on Granbury Rd for another mile to the intersection of Granbury Rd and Altamesa (there is a traffic light at this intersection).  Take a left (going east) on Altamesa.  Proceed 1/4 mile and St. Barbara’s will be on the right.

From I-35
Take the Altamesa exit off I-35 in southwest Ft. Worth (This exit is approximately 1 mile south of the intersection of I-20 and I-35).  Proceed west on Altamesa for about 5 miles.  Some major streets to look for (as landmarks) as one goes west on Altamesa are:  Crowley Rd, McCart and Hulen St.  After crossing Hulen St, drive about 1/2 mile and St. Barbara’s will be on the left.

Schedule of Services

6:30 PM Great Vespers.
Saturday Evening

9:35 AM Hours; 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

7:00 PM Catechumen and Inquirer’s class.
Tuesday Evening

7:00 PM Daily Vespers followed by fellowship.
Wednesday Evening

7:00 PM Great Vespers with Litiya.
Eves of Great Feasts falling on work days

10:00 AM Festal Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts falling on work days

7:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent

For a complete list of upcoming services, please visit the Monthly Calendar on the parish website.

Confessions are heard by appointment before and after Vespers, or on Sunday mornings before Liturgy.

Parish Background

St Barbara Orthodox Mission was started in 1978 as a sister Mission to St Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas, TX, just one hour away.  His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri, Archimandrite Thomas (Green) (of blessed memory), and others were instrumental in the founding of this community.  St Barbara’s first resident pastor was Fr Michael Dunbar, who shepherded the flock until January of 1987.  At that time Fr Basil Zebrun became the priest and continues in that capacity.

St Barbara’s is a pan-ethnic Church, having cradle Orthodox and converts from various backgrounds.  Currently the Mission has 58 adult members, averaging about 60 people (adults and children) per Sunday Liturgy.  All services are conducted in English.

Throughout the year, St Barbara’s hosts a number of community events. In the past, every two years the mission hosted the St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary Octet.  On its own, and in conjunction with St Seraphim Cathedral, the Mission will regularly sponsor a workshop featuring a well-known guest speaker.  In addition many locals eagerly anticipate St Barbara’s Spring and Christmas sales.  Over the years these have become more than fund-raisers. These have become opportunities for “outreach” and for developing relationships between current members and with friends of the parish.

St Barbara’s works with the other Orthodox Churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Mid Cities area to foster good relations with the Orthodox of every jurisdiction.  It has representives that work with the local Pan Orthodox Missions Committee of North Texas and the North Texas Orthodox Clergy Association.