The Gaston Christian Center of Dallas is a forward looking ministry committed to serving ethic congregations and helping ministries in our area. The Center concept is an outgrowth of the historic Gaston Avenue Baptist Church’s commitment to missions--home and foreign. When Gaston Oaks Baptist church faced the reality of its aging membership and prime facilities. The church called Dr. Gary Cook, a retired pastor and denominational administrator, to take on the leadership in the transition. In that role, Dr. Cook realized they were struggling to know how to keep their mission legacy alive. Cook patiently led the members to begin thinking in new terms.
In conversations with Dr. George Mason and Associate Mark Wingfield of Wilshire Baptist Church, a partnership was formed and a small board made up of the two churches began meeting to chart a new course for the future. The board felt a holistic ministry approach would most reflect the heart and history of the old Gaston Avenue, and at the same time would make room for innovation. In that spirit, the church first invited Healing Hands Ministry to move into the Greenville Avenue facility at the anchor ministry. It is a medical and dental clinic for the uninsured.
Later Gateway of Grace to move their operations to the Gaston Oaks facility. This ministry reached out to refugees that includes resettlement, cultural orientation, ESL, and computer training. Soon other ethnic congregations accepted to join growing number of congregations, each congregation having its own area to meet and worship. The genuine feeling of oneness of purpose and challenge is nurtured in a quarterly gathering in which they all come together for joint worship.
In 2015 the fledgling organization called William O’Brien, to serve as an interim executive director. The goal is to provide a secure infrastructure for diverse cross-cultural ministries, and nurture a donor base for long-term sustainability.