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The Inspiration

Our story begins with an uplifting visit to the Los Angeles Dream Center, where Dave and Joyce Meyer saw firsthand the restorative influence the Dream Center had on the crime-riddled, impoverished community surrounding it.

Dave and Joyce were moved by God to bring the outreach efforts of the Los Angeles Dream Center to the hurting people in their own city of St. Louis. With the help of David and Shelly Meyer and a handful of committed volunteers, they planted the St. Louis Dream Center right in the heart of North St. Louis, an inner-city area that was known for high crime, drugs, and gang activity.

Outreach Begins

Our first outreach, Adopt-A-Block, began as volunteers hit the streets of North St. Louis each Saturday armed with rakes, lawnmowers, trash bags, and gifts. They cleaned up the neighborhood and served the people. But most importantly, they built lasting relationships with their neighbors.

On Sunday, October 28, 2000, we held our first official church service. More than 300 people attended that first service, and we’ve been growing ever since!

The Dream Center Today

Today, the St. Louis Dream Center is a thriving, multi-cultural, urban church of over 700 people changing the face of the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Every week we reach out to thousands of people through our Street Ministry, Adopt-A-Block, Nursing Home Ministry, KidzJam, and more. We invite you to join us and see firsthand the wonderful work God is doing in the St. Louis community.


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