Who is Central Christian?
We believe that Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Wooster is called by God to help our church family and the un-churched in our community to develop a closer relationship with God through the teachings and example of Jesus Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We seek to accomplish this calling by providing:
- Meaningful worship opportunities and weekly celebration of communion
- A planned program of Christian education
- Service to the community
- The support of a church family
- Opportunities to develop and express our individual talents and gifts
Pastor Kevin Phipps, Senior Pastor
Rev. Kevin Phipps has been with Central Christian Church since 2002. Originally from Indiana, he has lived across the country from California to Kentucky to Ohio.
Senior Leadership Team:
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
What we believe:
Central Christian Church is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ. Like most Christians, Disciples of Christ affirm:
- Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God
- All persons are God’s children
Beliefs and practices usually associated with Disciples include:
- Open Communion. The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
- Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
- Baptism by immersion. In baptism, the old self-centered life is set aside and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
- Belief in the oneness of the church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
- The ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth.
For more information on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), please visit www.disciples.org. An extensive history and description of our movement can be found there.
Each Disciples church functions independently without a hierarchical denominational structure. But we do cooperate with and covenant with churches in the Ohio Region and with the General Church, whose offices are located in Indianapolis, IN.