Perkins Heritage Home and Visitors Center
Back in 1939, administrator Dr. Hubert Johnson had a bold vision for Methodist Children’s Home that would expand the Waco campus and improve the standard of child care. These changes would greatly influence the future of the ministry and shape the Waco campus for decades to come.
Mr. Joe Perkins, faithful supporter of MCH, shared this vision and helped to make it a reality. He made a gift to MCH to build the Perkins Home in honor of his wife, Lois, who decided to designate the unit for girls.
The Perkins Home remained a unit for girls until 2012 when it was re-purposed as a Visitors Center to share MCH’s story and provide a place for guests to learn more about the ministry of MCH. The Perkins Home was renovated and re-named the Perkins Heritage Home and Visitors Center in 2012. Tim Brown, MCH President and CEO, shared why this name was chosen for the newly restored building.
“The Perkins Heritage Home celebrates God’s blessings on Methodist Children’s Home and the countless number of lives transformed by hope through this ministry, and honors the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Perkins. We are thankful for our many friends and trust that this home will encourage a new generation of benefactors to support this ministry.”
The first floor of the Perkins Heritage Home houses the Visitors Center, alumni room, media room, sample bedroom, and meeting room. Click the room links below for a short description of each.
Click here to take a photo tour of the Perkins Heritage Home.
MCH Development Office
The Visitors Center showroom is organized to share the story of MCH from beginning to present-day. MCH’s history is showcased in the display cases throughout the room featuring early benefactors, presidents, spiritual development, athletics and overall history. It also provides a look at the current ministry through exhibits on the residential and family outreach programs.
The sample bedroom mirrors a room in which our youth reside today. Since the Perkins Home was originally built to house youth, this room is the same size of the rooms in other homes where our youth live.
The meeting room provides displays that chronicle the development of Methodist Children’s Home from a single farmhouse in Waco to our current ministry spanning Texas and New Mexico. This room is available for public use Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To get more information about the meeting room, contact the Development office.