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Our Story

The story of Preston Trail

Our Story

The story of Preston Trail

In the fall of 2001, a dream was born in the hearts of Paul Basden and Jim Johnson. The two longtime friends were senior pastors of large, denominational churches in the Southeast; positions that granted influence, respect and job security. Nevertheless, they determined to uproot their families and move a thousand miles away to fast-growing Frisco, Texas with the goal of starting a new church for people who had given up on church, but not on God.

Paul Basden Jim Johnson

The mission of Preston Trail reflects the mission of Jesus, and from the very beginning our mission has not wavered: helping people find and follow Jesus Christ.

Very early on, we started using the phrase “no perfect people allowed.” We seek to create environments at Preston Trail where people experience the love and acceptance and care of Jesus. Ultimately, that means if we don’t have people here with checkered pasts or hardened businessmen, if we don't have people who are in the party crowd or blatant materialists or drug users or alcohol abusers, if we aren't attracting people eaten up with prejudice and anger or politically over-ambitious people--in other words, if we aren't attracting the kind of people Jesus drew, we’re not doing our job.

Preston Trail creates environments where we gather on the weekend, connect with a group, serve the church and engage our world. As we find and follow Jesus, we become entirely new people. Our lives are transformed by his grace, until the mission of Jesus has become the mission of our life.