Tucked away between the highways on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is His Dream Center of the Outer Banks. His Dream Center houses several churches and community outreach projects within its walls. His Dream Center is also the Headquarters for the International Students to come together for meals, relationships, and fellowship. Students learn about different cultures, share their faith, have meals together, and learn about local community resources that may be helpful during their stay on our beautiful coastal islands. During the summer students are encouraged to have a free meal at the center on Thursday nights at 6:00 pm. Local churches and businesses prepare and serve the students while they engage in fellowship with each other, volunteers, and special speakers and musicians. His Dream Center is located at 205 E Baltic St, Nags Head, North Carolina. For more information or ways you can be of assistance please feel free to contact us via Facebook or give us a call at (252)441-4448.
During the off-season, Ruthie’s Community Kitchen to provide Free dinners every Tuesday evening from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Bring your family and come eat dinner with us. No tickets needed, just come and enjoy the meal. Dinners provided by participating churches and other groups on a rotation basis.
The Rev. David Daniels, the manager of His Dream Center, didn’t know that the building was being sold until a friend called and told him there was a sign out front. The “For Sale” sign by Foundry Commercial likely spells the end for the huge, old, odd-looking building in Nags Head, as well as the many, many programs it houses.
The building started life as a car museum built in 1986 by the famous Outer Banks entrepreneur George Crocker. Despite being home to one of the most prestigious car collections in America, Crocker’s Rear View Museum ultimately proved to be much less successful than his other business ventures such as A Restaurant By George and The Galleon Esplande.
The car museum closed, and the building sat empty until it was acquired by The Assemblies of God 20 years ago and rechristened His Dream Center. The car murals disappeared from the walls and a 400-seat theater was added. Technically speaking, it’s not a church. Instead the sprawling 17,000-square-foot property is a place that several different churches, non-profits and other groups rent and use.
“A lot of people don’t realize it, but His Dream Center is very valuable to the community,” say Rev. Daniels. It would almost be more efficient to list the things His Dream Center has not been used for in its 20-year history. It houses Ruthie’s Kitchen, which provides free meals, no questions asked, every Tuesday night. It’s where intake is held for Room in the Inn homeless shelter. It’s home to the Dockside Theater theatrical group.
It’s been used for camp counselor training, weddings, fashion shows, wholesale trade shows, Realtor training, minister retreats, surf camps, basketball camps and was even briefly a radio station.
Walking through the building, you can see little touches of all of these functions scattered throughout: The labels on the refrigerator in the kitchen declaring what food belongs to Ruthie’s kitchen. A stack of Spanish-language Bibles on a table. International flags hanging in the theater and 20 or so bicycles parked outside.
For now, Daniels is just praying they can keep lights on a little longer and keep all those programs running.
“It’s sad because it facilitates a lot,” Daniels said. “I’m just hoping they’ll let us use it through the end of the summer.”