In the year 1890, the Church of the Nazarene as a denomination was totally unknown in Texas. From the early days of the denomination, God had a plan and purpose for the people called Nazarenes. The message of holiness, one that had social implications, burned in the hearts of early members. That passion is still alive and, in fact, has been revitalized in recent years. We have a hope-filled message that is a joy to share with people who are hungry for deeper meaning in life. Our mission is simply stated: “To make Christlike disciples in the nations.”
In the year 1908, the Dallas District Church of the Nazarene came into being at Pilot Point, Texas, as ordered by the first General Assembly. It reported at the end of that first year to the first District Assembly 952 members of the church and a total of $7,150 raised for all purposes.
“I Will Build My Church”, written by Dr. J. Lewis Ingle, is the history of the first 75 years of history of the Dallas District Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Ingle was born at the close of the first decade of the Dallas District and pastored for 35 years on the Dallas District. Read between the lines of heroism, the vision, the faith, and the spirit of sacrifice that made possible the opportunities we share today.