Central Baptist Church was organized in Center in 1948. Bro. Bob Jacobs (1948-1949) was the first pastor, followed by Bro. Curtis Goldman (1949-1951). Other men wo have pastored the church are Bro. Sam Reynolds (1951), Bro. Charles Mosely (1952), Bro W.W. Luster (1952-1956), Bro. O.H. Wilson (1956-1957), Bro. Walter Andrews (1957-1959), Bro John Spanhanks (1959-1960), Bro George Wilson (1960-1965), Bro Nihl Bulkley, Sr. (1965-1971), Bro Roy Wallace (1971-1986), and Bro. Danny Dodson (1986-present).
Central Baptist Church moved to its new location at 1005 Logansport Street in May of 2006. God has richly blessed with a church campus of approximately 14 acres and a new 22,000 square foot facility for worship and Sunday School space.
Central Baptist Church has maintained a strong emphasis for world missions for many years. The past 30 years has seen the church give approximately $3 million to missionaries and mission projects world-wide. For many years the church has sent missionaries to the foreign field; men like the late Bob Hughes to the Philippines; Robert Horn to Zambia, Africa; Joe Consford to the Ivory Coast, and Ghana, West Africa. There have been others who have ministered in the states, such as the late Weldon Bittick to the Mormons in Utah; Steve Hinton to Rock of Ages Prison Ministry; and others who are pastoring, pastors’ wives, Christian School teachers and church secretaries.
Central Baptist Church has had a rich history of carrying out the Great Commission. CBC has maintained a Church School for approximately 49 years. CBC is still involved with a county-wide Bus Ministry that brings many boys and girls to Sunday School each week.
Central Baptist Church still stands firmly on the Word of God (KJV Bible) as it final authority and is still singing the old fashioned hymns. CBC still holds to the old fashioned Bible standards with a zeal to see a lost and dying world come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.