Reconciliation Outreach, an inner-city ministry on Peak Street in Old East Dallas, held a dedication ceremony on March 29 for a building donated by Jerry and Leah Fullinwider. The Fullinwiders provided $850,000 for purchase of the Brannon Building at 4301 Bryan Street. The building will be dedication is in memory of the Rev. Hunter Fullinwider, Jerry Fullinwiders great, great grandfather and an early Christian missionary in Texas.
Jerry Fullinwider is a fifth-generation Texan who graduated from Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he had a long and successful career in oil and gas production and has been active in numerous civic and church endeavors. He received honorary doctorates from Northwood University and Austin College and was honored with an endowed chair in economics at SMU. Jerry and Leah Fullinwider have four daughters and 13 grandchildren.
Since being purchased by the Fullinwiders, the Brannon Building has been renovated and is being leased for office and restaurant use. Income from its rental will support operating expenses of Reconciliation Outreach, which provides faith-based programs for low-income children, teens and adults. Ministries of Reconciliation Outreach include a residential rehabilitation program for homeless and needy men and women, transitional housing for the working poor, an after-school program for children from kindergarten through fifth grade, a summer camp, youth program and job training.