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Pastor's faith-based project still rising
Houston Chronicle ^ | 05 January 2010 | Nancy Sarnoff

Posted on 01/07/2010 10:10:42 AM PST by Lorianne

More than a decade ago, Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell started looking for 20 acres near his Windsor Village United Methodist Church to build a 24-hour prayer center.

The center still hasn't been built, but it's not because Caldwell abandoned his plans.

He simply took them in a different direction.

Instead of buying 20 acres, Caldwell purchased 234 for $1.3 million and oversaw the development of more than 450 homes, a 200,000-square-foot community center, retail space, medical facilities, schools and a YMCA. A 124-unit senior housing project is under construction, and a new sanctuary and the prayer center are planned for 2010 and 2011.

His motivation for the project, he said, was biblical.

“The first thing God told Adam and Eve to do is economic development — till the soil and add value,” Caldwell said on a recent tour of his development, called Pointe 2.3.4.

His faith-based real estate project at West Orem and South Post Oak in southwest Houston has been funded through loans, foundations, contributions, nonprofits, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and funds from a tax increment reinvestment zone.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: faithbased; kirbyjoncaldwell; pastor; umc

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