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Following The Way of Jesus Together


Sunday Morning Worship

Worship- 9:30 AM
Class- 11:30 AM


Sunday Evening Fellowship

Fellowship- 5:30 PM


Wedesday Evening Fellowship

Food- 6:00 PM
Classes for all ages- 6:30 PM


Harold Foster

Preaching Minister

Zach Spier

Worship Leader

About/History of Central Church

Central Church was established in the heart of Bakersfield in 1954. Led by J.D. Rothwell as Minister and Stan Blackburn, Earl Warford, and Boyce Gilliland as Elders.

In 1998 the church made a decision to build a new building on the then vacant field on the south side of the property.

In the year 1999 construction on our new building was completed. Most of the former building was torn down. We kept one building named "Timberlake Hall" named after a former member. The building is now used for several outreach programs. Our new facility was and is a blessing and we strive to use it as a tool for outreach to the neighborhood around us.

Since the mid 90's, we have gone through numerous changes. One notable change is the change to our name. We went from Central Church of Christ, to Central Church, A church of Christ. We felt that we were one church of many, so calling ourselves A church of Christ let us share this belief with the neighborhood. 

In 2009 we made the biggest change in Central's history. The traditional church of Christ beliefs are very strict when it comes to the way you worship God in the Church. A Capella has been the only acceptable way. A Capella is "All Vocal" meaning only vocal singing and no instruments. But, in 2009 with the direction of Jason Turner, Central added an Instrumental service. This decision, in part, was to reach out toward the younger generation who enjoy drums, guitars, and a louder style of worship. Obviously being a church of Christ this decision caused some to leave Central, but we also gained members that we never would have prior to this new service. We still maintain our traditional A Capella service each Sunday and strive to hold true to the church of Christ beliefs while moving in a forward direction. 

In 2013 Central members came together and raised $35,000+ to install solar panels on our building. This move allowed us to take the thousands of dollars we spend yearly to PG&E and apply that money to our various ministries. 

In 2014 Central went through a vast makeover. The entire Worship Center and Entry was painted and given a modern re-design. The stage was given new lighting and the exterior flower beds were stripped bare and replanted. 

At Central we are a tight knit family and we are always looking to grow our family. We are not here to please other churches or church leaders. We are here for one reason and that reason is worshiping God. We want you to be a part of this, whatever your background, lifestyle, or race, we will welcome you. 

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe there is only one God, and only through Him may we enter Heaven. We believe that the Bible is inspired by the word of God. We believe that the Church is the body of Christ and we also believe in Baptism for the remission of our sins.

The Church is led by Elders, served by Deacons, and promotes ministry involvement by all believers. Current and former Elders have continued to make wise financial decisions and with all the changes we still manage to be debt free.

Central Church Elders
Morgan Clayton
Mike Dover
Harold Foster
Borjas Gonzalez
LaRoyce Savage
Jim Young

Central Church Deacons
Paul Balderas
David Everett
Mike LaBare
Oliver McKenzie
Gary Powers

Ministries at Central

The Children's Ministry at Central is much more than just "Child Care". A definition of Children's Ministry is simply "serving our children to help them grow into a relationship with God and others." We have classes for all ages from birth to 6th grade. Older than 6th grade, please visit our Youth Ministry page.

We offer fun programs that are also spiritual in nature. The children are the future of the church, with this we encourage the involvement of children in the church. For example Mother's and Father's day we have our children assist in passing out a gift to the Moms and Dads. During the Christmas time the kids typically will sing Christmas Carols on Sunday Mornings. This is just a few examples.

All of our Children's Ministry teachers are hard working and devoted to the well being of all our kids, whether it be a member's child or a visitors child, they are all special and get the same attention.

Youth Ministry is all about helping and encouraging young people in their personal and spiritual growth. We want to show young people how to apply Christianity to all parts of their lives. Typically the youth group is made up of 7th-12th graders. We work as a team and help each teen grow as a strong Christian individual.

We want to encourage the youth of Central to use their gifts to serve the church, their family, and their community. We will make every effort to develop their gifts and talents.

We offer a perfect mixture of fun activities and spiritual learning, sometimes at the same time. In the past, we have taken trips to Six Flags, gone to the park for games, host "lock ins" at Central, take mission trips, and so much more.

At Central, not only will your teens have fun, but they will also be part of a tight knit family. We understand and truly believe that Children and Teens are the future of the Church. 

Ladies Bible Class

Bible classes and other activities that help ladies to develop a deeper understanding and recognize the presence of God and honor him as God. (Meets Thursday mornings at 10:00 AM)

Secret Sisters

Quarterly luncheon and other activities that connect women to each other and to those sent our way by God. Ada Youngblood, coordinator.

Prayer Quilts

A quilt is handmade on the behalf of a sick/needy person and members of the church pray over the quilt as this help us in caring for each other. Deloris McKenzie-coordinator

Worship Band- If you are a talented musician please talk to Zach, we are always looking for substitute musicians.

Praise Team- Do you enjoy singing? If so, we would love to hear from you. Please see Zach.

Audio, Video, Lighting- Enjoy the technical side of things? Then this may be a good suit for you. Please see Andrew.

Prayer and Servers- If you would like to say our opening prayer or help
serve communion please see LaRoyce Savage.

Greeters- The greeters are an essential function to the worship ministry. Imagine being a visitor and coming to this new church, wouldn't you want someone to greet you and make you feel welcome from the second you walk into the building.

Teachers- Last, but certainly not least, are the teachers. It could be a nursery attendant, or a Sunday School Teacher, whatever you are interested in, please see an Elder. 

God's Gift of Live

God's Gift of Love is an outreach endeavor to spread the Gospel of Christ in the community through BBQ's, carwashes, fun activities for all age groups, yard sales, Bible studies, and others forms of communication to the neighborhood. Also there is fund raisers to give free Turkey dinners away in November each year.

Food Distribution

Every other Wednesday morning from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Central opens its doors to anyone in need. We offer bags of food, just come on over and get one for yourself.

12 Step Program

The 12 Step Closer Walk with God is a Bible study to overcome sin. This group meets in the Fellowship Hall at Central Monday evenings at 7:00PM

Contact Central Church

Comments, Questions, Prayer Requests.


425 South H Street
Bakersfield, CA 93304

Phone: (661) 832-7464

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Class- 11:25 AM

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