PHPC Mission History

We are
Called to Serve

At PHPC, we believe God invites us to embody our faith. As Christians, we are called to live as Jesus lived – loving our neighbors, standing with the oppressed, enacting mercy, working for justice,caring for Creation, and sowing seeds of compassion.

PHPC's Mission History

1962: The Preston Hollow Presbyterian School was founded in response to the needs of the Dallas community as the first outreach mission of the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. PHPS is a nonprofit school dedicated to educating children with mild to moderate learning differences, including reading disorders (dyslexia), auditory processing disorders, oral language disorders, written language disorders, or mathematical disabilities.

1983: PHPC joins a consortium of congregations establishing North Dallas Shared Ministries to collectively provide short-term, tangible emergency assistance for food, rent, and utilities. Over time, NDSM’s assistance was enhanced with a menu of additional services, including job counseling, English-as-a-second-language day and evening classes, school supplies, and medical, dental, and vision care.

1997: Literacy Achieves was founded by PHPC initially as Vickery Meadow Learning Center (VMLC) to address the critical need for English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for non-English speaking adults in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas, an ethnically diverse, low-income neighborhood. Literacy Achieves is now an award-winning nonprofit serving children and adults through three campuses across Dallas.

2000: At the invitation of mission co-workers Frank and Nancy Dimmock, PHPC began establishing mission partnerships in Malawi with the support of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), the sister denomination of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The PHPC Malawi Mission Team continues to foster the ongoing partnership with the CCAP and empower local leaders and organizations committed to improving education, infrastructure, medical care, and Malawians' communal wellbeing of Malawians for generations to come.

2007: PHPC agrees to join CEPAD, the Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua, as a long-term partner, a commitment to sending annual delegations (mission teams) to learn and serve through CEPAD’s programs with rural communities across Nicaragua. For nearly 50 years, CEPAD has walked alongside more than 4,000 communities by providing faith-based training through programs in leadership, sustainable agricultural practices, economic development, and women’s empowerment.

2010: PHPC’s Epiphany Ministry began as a one-hour Sunday School for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Epiphany has grown to encompass diverse opportunities for participants to deepen their faith, serve at the church and in the community, and expand their social skills through many different activities and events, all of which seek to offer Christ-centered respite care for families and caregivers.

2010: PHPC adopted McShan Elementary School in Vickery Meadow. McShan is a unique elementary school of Dallas ISD because of its large number of refugee and immigrant students speaking over 30 languages. Programs include the Reading Homeroom, 5th Grade Mentoring (Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties), Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy, and support for the McShan staff and administration. PHPC received the Outstanding Faith-Based Partnership award from Dallas ISD for 2019-2020.

2017: PHPC's Mission and Outreach Council was formed. Members of PHPC provide leadership across all areas of Mission & Outreach with the support and collaboration of our staff. Their role includes aligning Mission & Outreach ministries with the overall vision of the PHPC and important tasks such as overseeing the annual budget and the breadth and depth of our mission partnerships, including our PHPC Mission Teams.

2020: PHPC adopted Martin Luther King Jr. Arts Academy in South Dallas in partnership with the newly formed Forest Forward, a Purpose Built project.