Welcome to Prestoncrest Church of Christ, a body of believers meeting in North Dallas. Come join us as we worship a loving heavenly Father, a risen Savior and an active Spirit.
PC101 is our semi-regular workshop where you’ll learn all about Prestoncrest’s history – where we’ve been and where we feel God taking us. Our ministers and elders will share what is expected of our leadership and members alike. Please join us or read on below for more information. (this class is formerly known as PC Connect.)
A Brief History
A book featuring stories about and the history of Prestoncrest and its first 40 years was compiled, written, and published in 2014 by Dr. David Sowell, one of Prestoncrest’s long-time members and elders. It was originally published in hardcover format. A free, downloadable, e-reader version is available here, as well, for all to enjoy any time…
The dream to plant the Prestoncrest congregation originated in 1966 at Skillman Avenue. A steering committee composed of members of the Skillman Avenue, Preston Road, Waterview, Walnut Hill, and Lake Highlands congregations worked together to implement the vision of planting a new congregation in North Dallas.
Prestoncrest began with its first meeting in January 1972. After meeting in several temporary locations, Prestoncrest moved to its present location on 6022 Prestoncrest Lane in 1973 and has grown to a current average attendance of over 1300.
George Bailey, Prestoncrest’s first minister, preached his first sermon to 243 members on March 22, 1972. Mike Peters became pulpit minister in 1981 and served until 1987 sharing these duties with George. In 1988, Dr. Prentice Meador joined Prestoncrest as the Preaching Minister and preached until his retirement in 2007. Our current Preaching Minister, Dr. Gordon Dabbs, began serving with us in 2008.
Passion for God ... Compassion for People
Everything at Prestoncrest revolves around two central themes: Passion for God and Compassion for People. Everything that we do as a family of faith is summed up by these phrases. When asked to define the most important things that Scripture has to say, Jesus summed it up by saying that the entire Bible hinges on loving God and loving other people.
Jesus said: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
– Matthew 22:37-40
In order to live out our Passion for God and our Compassion for People we use our talent, our abilities, our time, our prayers and our budget to do three things: Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out.
Since Jesus taught that the most important principle from Scripture is to love God with all that we are, we make Passion for God our top priority by reaching up. Worship for the living God is our starting point as a community of faith. We are saved by his grace, led by his Son and transformed by his Spirit. God is our fuel. Everything else that we do comes through his love and power.
Loving our neighbor starts in the body of Christ – the Church. Our Compassion for People begins as we love and serve our brothers and sisters. We reach in when we build relationships and community in our church family and care for those who worship God with us.
Another kind of neighbor does not know God and so our compassion also extends beyond Prestoncrest’s physical walls. Whether it’s across the street or around the world, we seek to compassionately share the love of Jesus with every person. Every heart filled with Christ is a missionary. Every heart without Christ is a mission field.
Prestoncrest Church of Christ is a welcoming place for all types of people to hear the message of Jesus Christ. Sermons and Sunday mornings alone don’t make us a church. We strive to instead be a community.
What does it look like to be a part of the community at Prestoncrest? What is asked and expected of our members? Please attend our next PC101 and learn more about membership with our family.