Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News
After nearly three-years of remodeling an old strip center, a new church building open's in Fort Worth's Woodhaven neighborhood.
The dream of Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas to put a dynamic, non-denominational church in Fort Worth has become reality.
A nearly 3-year remodeling of the old Woodhaven Village Shopping Center is complete and a new Potter's House is open.
They blew a shofar outside the building as the bundled-up masses gathered moments before the doors opened for the 10am service. A 30-thousand member congregation in Dallas is growing West. About 2,000 are in the Fort Worth Congregation. Among the crowd, Kenya Morgan who just moved here from Nebraska, is shopping for a new church home.
"I thought I was going to be here early (arriving around 9:30) but I come and it's already crowded," said Morgan. "I walked up and the pastor was talking about the new sanctuary."
This was a big Sunday for Pastor Patrick Winfield II, debuting his new church.
"This is symbolic of the idea that God can rebuild lives if you put your trust in him to," Winfield told NBC DFW shortly before leading the service. "And as he's done with this church that used to be a Kroger, he has rebuilt it into something that gathers people from all walks of life."
When the building isn't holding Sunday service it will be a community events center. A youth hang-out is part of the future, too. Pastor Winfield says the Potter's House is taking on the challenge of helping repair broken relationships, broken families and broken dreams.
"In times like these, people are divided over all kinds of issues be it racial or economic or political," Winfield said.
"It's very important for us to be able to gather people together in a place of unity where we can take out all of those ancillary things."