The Citywide Campaign came out of an idea that Minister C.C. Locke had in 1976. The first Texas State Lectureship was hosted by the congregations in Dallas and the remaining funds, Brother Locke suggested that we have a three week Citywide Tent meeting in July of 1976. Minister Millard Elder of the South Oak Cliff congregation negotiated the site of the meeting on the corner of Bonnieview and Overton Road. The property was owned by Mr. Duggan, who agreed to let us use the property for the meeting and that would write it off his taxes.
Evangelist N.L. Evans of Texarakana, was selected as the speaker for our first and second meetings. He was followed by Dr. W. F. Washington of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1978. Dr. Jack Evans of Terrell was our last three week speaker under the tent in 1979. Many souls were added to the church because of this evangelistic effort. The Overton Road church building was used for all baptisms during the tent meeting. On December 4, 1979; the Lord called Brother C.C. Locke home.
After much discussion; brothers Grover Washington, Reginald Dulin, Willie Tucker and Waydell Nixon along with all of the Dallas Area Preachers agreed to move the Citywide meeting indoors and reduce the time to two weeks.
With the move inside there were other changes to the organization of the Citywide Evangelist Effort. Grover Washington became the Chair and thus the name was changed to Campaign for Christ. All Dallas area preachers were a part of the Steering Committee.
However; because of the schedule for some of the preachers to meet during the day, duties were given to certain preachers. Reginald Dulin, served as the Program Chair, A.C. Christman served as the Publicity Chair, Woodie Morrison served as the Personal Evangelism Chair, Alvertice Bowdre, L.M. Johnson, Horace Lee, Sr. and Waydell Nixon served as the Finance Committee, Melvin Chappell served as the Site Chair and Willie Tucker took care of the operations during the nightly services (ushers, registering of visitors and taping of the sermon). In 1980, Dr. G.P. Holt of Indianapolis was called to conduct the first week at the Dallas West church building and the second week at the Cedar Crest church building. Many congregations have been host to the City-wide meeting; such as Marsalis Avenue, Fourth Avenue and Southern Hills.
For twelve (12) years the Campaign was held in the Bronco Bowl Auditorium, we also used the Dallas Apparel Mart, the M.H. Meyerson Center and the Dallas Majestic Theater. We have had the following Evangelist conduct our Campaigns; R.C. Wells, Nokomis Yeldell, James Maxwell, Carl Baccus, B.B. Gatson, Orpheus Heyward and Warren Blakney, Jr. We have registered over 10,000 visitors and baptized hundreds.
The organization of the Campaign has also had several changes; Dr. James Maxwell succeeded Dr. Washington as Chair and was followed by Dr. David L. Lane, Minister Willie Tucker, Minister Reginald Osborne. The Campaign for Christ has and continues to be under the guidance of the Dallas Area Preachers and Church Leaders. Minister B.L. Garrett was the first chair of the Dallas Area Preachers and served until his health failed.
The current Dallas Area Preachers and Church Leaders Chair is Sammie Berry, Minister Dallas West Church of Christ.