BUYING UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Some might argue that relocating Crestview would have been better than seeking to buy enough room to grow. It was my strongly held belief that we needed to stay in our present location. Because we were close to some rental property and more affordable homes, I felt confident that we could be a church for a broad cross section of Georgetown. I never like to see a church become made up of only one ethnic group or only one social class. If we are going to share heaven, we need to share worship and ministry. I also felt staying fairly close to the interstate was good for us. Fortunately, the houses around us were moderately priced. Our second purchase of a house was toward the East, just beyond our current park. This house sat on Williams Drive. It would become our Singles Bible Study house. We would also use it for special programs such as Camp Crestview. This house served us well for several years. At one point my wife and I started a young singles class in the house in addition to the class led by Tommy West. Several of the people in that class are still active at Crestview.

Our third purchase of a house was the house on Mesquite where our detention pond, apartment, and storage building are. We had a staff member live there for a time, but tore the structure down to make it possible to move our detention pond, which used to sit on our East parking lot, across Mesquite to its present location. Next we purchased the house at 411 Ranch Road. We had a Spanish Mission there for a time, but later needed the extra parking so we tore it down and built a parking area directly on Ranch Road. Our next purchase was of the former Missionary Residence on Ranch Road. This was used for a time as an additional youth building, but then was developed into a house for missionaries on furlough. We are in the process of tearing it down for additional parking. In May of 2007, we purchased what is today known as the West House (Formerly the SoloHouse). This has been the most useful structure we have ever purchased. it serves as a great location for ministry to singles, those going through divorce, and a location for special events of various kinds. We also developed a temporary playground on the site when we were without a playground for a season. This purchase also allowed us to open up Oak Lane to our property. It had been fenced in for years though belonging to the City of Georgetown and clearly a part of Oak Street which also enters our property from the East side of our lot. In 2016, we purchased the house next door to the West House on Oak Lane. We used it as a transitional residence for a church planter and his family, the Russell Stanphill family. We also used the house for temporary storage. Finally we purchase the house and extra lot at 1906 Mesquite Lane, which we are developing for storage, parking church vans and carts, and an eventual hospitality house. This entire process has spanned more than twenty years.

Dan Wooldridge

About Pastor Dan

Dan Wooldridge has pastored churches in Texas for more than forty years. He has been a guest or conference speaker in over one hundred churches and participated in missions around the world. He has also been privileged to teach pastors through Howard Payne University while in South Texas.

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