The Power Connection
Windsor Village United Methodist Church
Windsor Village United Methodist Church (WVUMC) has actively carried out its mission of a caring, cutting edge Christian community for more than 20 years. Under the leadership of Senior Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell since 1982, the Church’s membership exceeds 15,000, up from an original 25 members. WVUMC has the largest membership and largest weekly attendance of any church in United Methodism and remains one of the fastest growing churches in the country.
Located within a historically underserved and underdeveloped area of Southwest Houston, WVUMC acts on its commitment to take the sanctuary to the streets through its 100 ministries and growth opportunities that serve the community seven days a week. Nine non-profit organizations have been birthed out of the Church’s ministry efforts and Pastor Caldwell’s leadership. Those organizations operate independently and autonomously to address the area’s unmet needs and includes:
• The Imani School – provides students in pre-school through eighth grade with a curriculum based on a foundation of academic skills and Christian principles that prepares them for future leading and success in life.
• The Kingdom Builders’ Center of Houston, Texas, Inc. – leads the implementation of a comprehensive revitalization effort in an economically distressed area of Southwest Houston and works jointly with independently managed nonprofit, private and public entities to develop Pointe 2.3.4., a 234-acre, mini master-planned, nonprofit community.
• The Prayer Institute – prays for people and teaches people how to pray, using the Lord’s Prayer as a model, in Houston and globally.
• Kujichagulia, Inc. – works to instill self-determination through Christian fellowship, educational, social and cultural activities in young girls, ages four through 18.
• Pyramid Community Development Corporation – works to improve the quality of life for residents of Southwest Houston by offering relevant social, economic, and cultural services. Pyramid CDC created and operates the Kingdom Builders’ Business Corporation, Residential Community Corporation, a developer of first-class, affordable, single-family housing. Pyramid CDC projects include The Power Center and the Corinthian Pointe residential subdivision.
• Victory Prep Academy North – state charter school which serves approximately 200 students, 7th to 12th grade, and prepares students for business careers.
• Victory Prep South – innovative state charter school that serves 250 students from 9th to 12th grades through a computer-based curriculum.
• The Third John II Family Life Center – created to raise funds for and develop the Kingdom Builders’ Center Family Life Center in order to offer relevant tools, strategies, guidance and information to nurture and strengthen families.
• Ujima – serves socially and economically disadvantaged families by offering services that promote high moral standards and developing skills necessary to be economically self-sufficient.
The Power Center
The Power Center was the first major undertaking of The Pyramid Community Development Corporation. A former dilapidated Kmart, The Power Center opened its doors in 1996 as a multi-use complex designed to address the educational, economical, social, spiritual, cultural, medical, and emotional needs of the community.
The $9.1 million Power Center complex consists of two buildings totaling 104,000 square feet on 24 acres of land. It is an exemplary 21st century service delivery model of private and public partnership that serves 11,000+ families a month, creates 300 jobs and has an estimated economic impact of $15.5 million. Housed within the Center and on its site are a variety of for-profit and non-profit entities.
Pointe 2.3.4. is a 234-acre comprehensive, master-planned, nonprofit community located in a historically underserved and underdeveloped area of central Southwest Houston. This history-making project, valued at more than $175 million upon completion, is designed to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and adults for generations to come and includes key elements that help individuals and communities thrive.
The project will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and more than 400 permanent jobs. The impact of current and planned facilities and enterprises in Pointe 2.3.4. is the long-term jobs, business revenue, household spending, and tax revenue that will result. The current estimate for economic output and stimulus exceeds $50 million per year.
Pointe 2.3.4. offers a multitude of goods, products and services through various social, educational, recreational, spiritual, cultural and commercial components, which include:
Pointe 2.3.4. Components:
• Corinthian Pointe Residential Community – 462-home, affordably priced, quality residential subdivision developed by the Pyramid Community Development Corporation.
• Community Park and Amphitheatre – Will include athletic fields, recreational activities and picnic areas designed to bring youths and adults, families and neighbors together; the amphitheatre will host wholesome community entertainment events.
• Corinthian Pointe Commercial Park – Commercial development space designed to support
and serve the community with quality retail development was launched by the operations of a CVS Pharmacy story, the largest pharmacy chain in America, and Walgreen’s drugstore. Also includes Advance Auto Parts, McDonald’s & Taco Bell restaurants, ABC Dental, TSO and Divine Closet retail store.
• Corinthian Village – 124-unit independent living facility for seniors will provide affordable, safe and secure housing for individuals and couples 62 years of age and older.
• Jean Hines Caldwell Elementary School – An 800+-student school that addresses the educational needs of children in the Corinthian Pointe residential subdivision and beyond.
• Texas Children’s Pediatrics Project Medical Home at Corinthian Pointe – This innovative program provides convenient, affordable access to top quality primary pediatric health care services for children in medically underserved areas of Houston, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.
• YMCA – Offers an array of services for children, youth and adults and families that include an outdoor pool/aquatic playground for year-round swimming, summer day camps, sports camps, outdoor adventure activities, adult sports leagues, and wellness activities.
• The Kingdom Builders’ Center – Phase I of the Kingdom Builders’ Center (The KBC) is the 183,000-square-foot Family Life Center which opened its doors in 2007 to address the social, spiritual, educational, emotional, relational, and cultural development of children, youth, adults and families in Southwest Houston.