Central Baptist Church began as a vision in the hearts and minds
of some dedicated believers from Bell Shoals Baptist Church in
the mid and late sixties. The church body was constituted in 1967.
The members literally poured a great deal of blood, sweat and tears
into her development. The first and second buildings erected on
the property then were the sanctuary and the education buildings
which are now the fellowship hall/lunch room and pre-school/nursery
Though the church had its challenges through the years, it grew
in number and ministries. As a result, the need for a larger
sanctuary and more education space arose. In 1974, the current
worship center and office space was erected.
In 1980, the church got behind the vision for Central Baptist
Christian School, a ministry of Central Baptist Church. As many
Christians schools do, it began as a daycare program and blossomed
forth to its present state of k3-12th grade. Our High School and
Middle School are fully accredited through the prestigious ACTS
accrediting agency and NCSPA. CBCS is an active member of ACSI,
HCCEA, FASBC and SBACS.
In the early eighties a youth building was built, and in the
mid-eighties, a two story education building was built. In the
mid-nineties four modular classrooms were added, four more
modular classrooms were added in 2000.
Associated with these buildings are grounds improvements like
a basketball court, parking and driveway paving, sidewalks, awnings,
landscaping and the procurement of four-and-half acres in 1996.
This makes the total property holdings 16.5 acres in the middle
of Brandon, Florida, on two main thoroughfares
A new Middle school
building with 6 class rooms, offices, a new Library and a modern
Computer lab was added in 2003. This building houses our 6th, 7th, 8th
and High School grades. The library and computer labs are used by students
of all grades.
A modern state
of the art fully equipped Gymnasium was opened in 2005. This
facility houses a new cafeteria/dining area and kitchen. There is a
large stage for school, church and community programs. The athletic
setting is first class with retracting basketball hoops, volleyball
net pole holders built into the floor, modern state of the art floor
material on the courts and throughout provide comfort and safety for
all activities. The athletic department has comfortable offices and
there is plenty of storage space available. There are large locker
rooms and showers for boys and girls This facility complements our
abundant outdoor sports fields..
Central has had ten senior pastors and a host of associates and
support staff. Though its membership has fluctuated through the
past 40 plus years, the school ministry has grown consistently in the
past 31 plus years. Current senior Pastor is David West.
Central Baptist Church has always been filled with great potential.
That's why the greatest days and ministry are still ahead!
We look for God's sovereign will to be accomplished through us
for His glory and His kingdom's gain!