The maps encompass homes and small businesses, the D&R Canal, boarded up buildings and empty lots, and much that is blighted and run down. This is the home turf for a dream [Rev. Darrell] Armstrong has. It’s a big one, and it’s going to need the help of his 2,000-plus congregation and a whole lot more besides.
He wants to build a “church campus” with Shiloh at its close-knit center, a shelter of homes, businesses and programs that provide a sense of belonging to the families in his congregation.
It’s a dream Armstrong plans to evangelize throughout Trenton and the country, and, if he has his way, a patchwork salvation for what he sees as one of the biggest problems facing this country — broken families with no sense of a broader community.
“We bought that piece of property, we bought a property on this street, we bought what used to be a bar along the greenway,” says Armstrong, pointing out the parcels. “I want to create a campus environment that says, ‘We’re gonna’ change this community house by house, block by block.’