In 1988, Clay & Barbara Wallace began The Sonshine Club bus ministry at Gospel Lighthouse Church in Dallas, Texas. Every week, they brought over 300 children from low income neighborhoods to church. After 5 successful years, in 1993, they launched Dallas Metro Ministries, modeled after Bill Wilson’s Metro Ministries in Brooklyn. Initially working out of their home, they had one Sidewalk Truck and three Metro Kidz sites. In 1997, after working out of a local church, Metro purchased a facility near downtown Dallas.
From the early beginnings of working with only children, we have expanded to reach out to teens and adults. In 2006, in order to better serve the community, Dallas Metro Dream Center was formed. Dallas Metro Dream Center’s staff and volunteers are making a difference in Dallas’ impoverished areas. Every day we strive to bring positive change in the lives of families all over our city.
About The Directors
Clay & Barbara Wallace have worked in the inner city of Dallas since 1988. They have reached thousands of hurting children, teens and adults since they began working in a local church. Over the years, Clay and Barbara have proved themselves committed to the challenge of influencing lives. Some of the young men and women they have worked with over the years have gone on to be staff and volunteers at DMDC. Other have become college graduates, raised families and become productive members of society. Through the ups and downs of working in the inner city, Clay and Barbara are determined to make a difference in as many hurting lives as possible.
Their commitment has further extended through their own two children, Brent and Carmen, both of whom have also made commitments to serve the inner city, a dedicated staff, many of whom have also made lifelong commitments, as well as countless staff who have trained under their leadership and began ministries all across the United States.