HISTORY OF CITYCHURCH OUTREACH MINISTRY
Citychurch Outreach Ministry began in October 1996. The Lane family moved to
downtown Amarillo, Texas to an abandoned building at 205 S. Polk and began ministering to the disadvantaged children of the city. Don Lane Sr., who has served as a
Southern Baptist pastor since 1971, had survived a life changing liver transplant, after
15 years of illness. Don, his wife, Diana, sons, Donnie Jr. and James, and daughter,
Anna Lea, worked together to clean out the old building, build the living quarters on the
second floor, and visit the neighborhoods around the Downtown area. The ministry
began as a weekly mealtime and Bible club. It started with 16 children the first night
and quickly grew to 150 children per week within a few weeks. Within six months Citychurch
was running out of room to serve the children and volunteers who would come to help
with each week’s meetings. The building attached to the north of Citychurch became
available and was purchased and put in use immediately, providing much needed class-
room space. Volunteers from all denominations and walks of life were recruited to help
transport, feed and teach children. The buildings now house a commercial kitchen capable of feeding 300 people continuously. Citychurch maintains a fleet of vans and buses
because free transportation is provided to each event at the church.
In August 2000, Citychurch was given the property directly across the street on
the west side of Polk Street. Money was raised and Don E. Lane Sr Memorial Park, previously known as Tol Ware Park, has been in constant use every since. Don E. Lane Sr Memorial Park provides playground space, basketball courts, an amphitheater, a fifty foot climbing tower, and a concession stand.
Citychurch now operates a free after school program, a feeding program called
CityKid Cafe, which will serve over 150,000 meals delivered to children each year, a
recreation program which includes two climbing facilities, and a youth and children's Bible Study program that teaches the Word Of God along with ministering to the emotional and physical needs of over 300 young people a week. The most important job is sharing the love that Jesus Christ has for these children who have been abandoned by the churches of Amarillo.