A Third Campus to Call Home

November 16, 2011 by · Comments Off 

BEYOND THE BUBBLE

By Lara Migorod
lmigorod@smu.edu

More than 2,300 people welcomed a third new location for Prestonwood Baptist Church on Aug 21 by attending the first service at the new Dallas Campus on Hillcrest Road, three miles north of SMU.

Christine Rankin is a devoted member of Prestonwood and is very excited about the church’s new location.

“We wanted a church based in Dallas again, in order to connect with the Dallas community. It is so wonderful that we are able to have three church campuses that are all in different locations but still in the Dallas Fort Worth Area.” says Rankin.

Prestonwood, now one of the country’s largest megachurches originated in Dallas in the 1970‘s and moved to Plano in 1999. A campus in Prosper opened in 2006.

Prestonwood wanted to build a new campus in Dallas in order to reach out to the Highland Park community again.

On the Sunday of Sept. 11, churchgoers entered the glass doors of the red brick building, and hundreds of people gathered in the atrium to talk before attending a special 9-11 service in the auditorium.

Guest Preacher O.S. Hawkins lead the service, and remembered loved ones who risked their lives for America.

“ If there are police officers or fire fighters who served our country on September 11, please stand,” says Hawkins.

A few police officers and fire fighters stood.

The new church is at the site of the Hillcrest Church, which went bankrupt earlier this year.

A few months after it was purchased by Prestonwood, a “Core Group” of 300 members who live within the Dallas community helped launch the third campus.

“It took three months to prepare and build a foundation by doing yard work, cleaning and organizing the new location. We also volunteered in ministries. We helped to spread awareness to people about this wonderful new location,” Core Group member Vicki Foster said.

Now that the Dallas campus is up and running, Prestonwood’s goal is to reach out to as many people as possible to worship and attend bible studies. The church also offers a class called NextStep that provides information to visitors and people who may want to become members of the church.

NextStep gives people the opportunity to learn about the church’s beliefs and its various ministries offered, and to meet the ministers.

Minister of Men and Evangelism, David Shivers hosts bible studies for men and “want to make an impact on their life.”

Prestonwood continues to find ways to reach out to different universities and organizations.

“We want a place where the Dallas community can experience the Prestonwood experience. I want to start a bible study for SMU women in order to read out to SMU students. The bible study will be off campus,” says Power Point Ministries worker Angie Strange.

Not only is Prestonwood trying to reach out to the Dallas Fort worth area, but the church has their own broadcast ministry called Powerpoint Ministries.

“We take all of the messages and services and broadcast it all over the world on TV and radio,” says Strange.

As Prestonwood continues to expand, the church looks forward to meet new faces and make new home in Dallas.

“We exist as a church for people who are not here. We are trying to reach new people all of the time and to make a difference,” said Dallas Campus Pastor Chris Kouba.