The Central Dallas Church (located at 1950 N. Washington Avenue) celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. Planted alongside Central Dallas Ministries in 1992, thanks to the support and commitment of the Preston Road Church of Christ and the hard work of Carey Dowl, the organizing minister, the church has continued to grow and to serve its community.
The location has the benefit of being directly across the street from the Roseland Homes Housing Development where CDM has enjoyed an active partnership with the community since 1996. The church has made the Roseland community its focus of service and care since relocating to the new building.
Several things impress me about the church and its recent growth and maturity.
Preston Weaver serves as its minister. Preston is an amazing man, to say the least! Having worked in Human Resources for over 25 years with Brinker International, Perot Systems, Fox Meyer Drug Company and Dallas Market Center, he returned to seminary at Perkins School of Theology at SMU and embarked on his "second career" in ministry as a pastoral counselor at CDM in our Community Health Services division. He touches, cares for, listens to and assists so many people every day in our clinic and across the entire organization. He has been serving the Central Dallas Church for the last two years as its minister and leader. He is an inspiration to all of us.
A few years ago during Spring Break, a group of students from the University of Kentucky spent the week with us. During their stay, members of the Central Dallas Church accompanied the students into the Roseland Homes community where we knocked on every door.