More about Dean and Journey’s Way
Dean and wife Molly, a Medicaid policy specialist for the State of Virginia, have been married for four years. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Sarah, and a 16-year-old son, Riley.
Mr. Dean also spoke further about Journey’s Way and its historic 1920’s location of just less than 1,000 square feet. Plans are to make the space available for people to use at various times. The bookstore part of things may be open three days a week.
“I don’t totally know what the ultimate vision will be,” he said, “because that’s in God’s Hands. We want to bring people together to better understand and love one another. And it’s God’s plan, not Carson’s plan. For me, that’s the challenging piece.
“Say someone comes in and says, ‘Man, I have a passion for tutoring,’” he continued, citing one example. “That would be something we’d consider providing the space for. Or a self-help support group. We’d be open to do that. We want to be a conduit. We want to help the community to do that. Whatever we do, it has to be something open for the whole community. We want it to be welcoming to all. And we want people to come and visit and pursue their love of reading.”
Dean said that the location of Journey’s Way is no accident.
“We wanted to be part of historic downtown Mount Holly,” he said. “We particularly wanted to be in this part of downtown, because it’s so easily accessible to everyone. We chose to rent a space, so we’re contributing to the economic vitality of Mount Holly.
“It’s an inspiration and a calling from God,” he continued. “I do think an important piece for me is that when we chose the chose business model of a bookstore, we did so in order not to compete with any of the existing businesses in Mount Holly. Our ministry is this, because we want to do what God has called us to do.”
And Dean extolled his adopted hometown.
“Mount Holly is a wonderful small town,” he said. “But like any small town, we could certainly benefit by people with different backgrounds and perspectives breaking bread together. I’ve heard so many stories from people who live in the same town, yet they’ve not seen each other in years! That’s amazing.
“As Molly says, ‘Mission work needs to start in your own backyard,’” he added. “You might say we want to share, care and pray together. And if I can put a book in the hands of a little kid from time to time, then it’s all worth it.”
Journey’s Way is located at 118 E. Central Ave. in Mount Holly. To learn more, call (704) 249-2534 or e-mail Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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