“Sharing Christ’s love by providing basic needs and a fresh start”

About us

Christian Service Center

Serving the needy in Abilene since 1965. Christian Service Center serves an average of 150 people a week, or over 7,000 per year. We seek to provide services to anyone in need, and support those in poverty without creating a climate of dependency.

The Christian Service Center was organized in December 13, 1965 under the direction of the Sixteenth and Vine Street Church of Christ elders. By January 1967 the work had grown to include four other congregations, each assuming some financial responsibility. With the continuing growth of the program, Sixteenth and Vine Church, according to their original plan, turned the oversight and major financial responsibilities over to the University Church of Christ, then the College Church, on May 1, 1968. That same year the facility was moved to its present location, 901 Mesquite Street, housed in old Camp Barkeley barracks donated by ACU. The buildings were renovated and the work flourished. By the end of 1968, over $28,000 in clothing, cash, other supplies and services were distributed.

Jessie Eubanks was the first director, serving for one year, followed by the five-year leadership of Mrs. Peg Leverett Smith. She began Operation Blue Jeans, launched mainly as a result of a group of Abilene Christian College students’ donation of funds to purchase new jeans for needy children. This has been one of the most successful and popular programs over the years. In 1972, Paul Garrett became director of the Center. He initiated the Feed the Hungry program, “Operation Under Cover” (blanket drives) and an annual drive to collect and donate school supplies to low-income elementary and middle school children. He served in this role for thirty years and was succeeded in June of 2003 by the present director, Jim Clark.

The Service Center has become a significant provider to low-income people in Abilene who are in need of the basics of life.

Local churches, individuals, private foundations and service clubs in Abilene provide funding.

Jim Clark


Cheryl Alexander

Office Manager

Roberta Brown

Receptionist & Volunteer Coordinator

Karen Dansby

Development Officer

Kay Rodriguez


Roseann Martin


Luis Guzman

Hispanic Outreach Minister

Zeire Navarro


Melody Loveland

Seasonal Buyer - Operation Blue Jeans

Walt Worgull, Board Chair

RW Services, Owner

Garnie Hatch, Chair Elect

Ret. AISD Administrator

Chip Whitlock, Past Chair

Tittle Luther Partnership

Nell Sims, Secretary

Retired AISD School Administrator

Diane Terrell, Treasurer

Partner, Davis Kinard & Co., CPA’s

Cindy Davis

Retired Teacher

Cheryl Cunningham

Director of Federal Programs, AISD

Harriet Haag

Community Volunteer

Floyd Miller

Investments Broker

Jacky Wallace

Retired Texas Highway Department
Wallace Fencing, Owner

Patricia Hernandez

Professor of Biology at ACU

Jim McNiece

Development Director, Christian Homes and Family Services