DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The 30,000 member Prestonwood Baptist Church is returning to Dallas this weekend, just a few miles away from where the church started nearly 35 years ago.
On Sunday the church will open a second satellite campus at the site of Hillcrest Church, a non-denominational congregation. Prestonwood reportedly offered Hillcrest Church $18 Million for their facilities, located four miles southeast of Prestonwood’s original location at Preston & Arapaho.
Under the leadership of Dr. Jack Graham, the church moved to Plano in 1999 and then spread to Prosper, opening a second campus in 2006.
On Friday, he told CBS 11 the church was excited to be returning to Dallas. “It’s going to be an epic event wonderful experience for all of us,” said Graham, who has led the church since 1989. “We’re going to keep reaching this community and beyond with a message.”
He says part of the reason of starting the satellite location is convenience and bringing the church to the people. “We can’t get you to come all the way to Plano or Prosper, then we’re going to come to you. That’s the whole idea really of a multi-site, it is bringing the church local.”
The church currently seats 2,000. The 150,000 square foot building will run just like the other two locations, with Pastor Graham simulcasting his message from the Plano campus. “It’s not three different churches but one church with multiple locations, so what we do at all locations we’ll do at this location.”
Pastor Graham says the multi-million dollar project will make it easier to do the work the church has been called to do. “The message of Jesus Christ is to go to the whole world. He said ‘Go to the whole world,’ he never said stop doing it, so we’re going to keep doing that.”
Prestonwood’s first service back in Dallas is scheduled for 11:00 Sunday morning. The church is located at 12123 Hillcrest Road between I-635 and Forest Lane.
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