Central Christian Center


Welcome to Central Christian Center

Central Christian Center is committed to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His great love for them. It is our desire to bring people into God's family and help them develop Christ-like maturity as well as equipping them for ministry. Our mission is to inspire people to believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ, knowing that He has the power to change lives, by serving our great God and sharing His love with everyone we can. We believe in each other and in helping one another reach a higher purpose for our lives through Jesus.

Located at 410 South Virginia Avenue in Joplin, Missouri, we hold services at 10:30am and 6:00pm on Sundays with nurseries and youth classes available for all ages. Join us for an anointed and inspirited message from God!


If you are ready for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ just pray the following:

Jesus, I am sorry for all the bad things I have done. I want you to be in charge of my life.
I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and God raised you from the dead. Please come into my heart and save me.

Did you pray this prayer? Want to tell someone? Tell us!

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Current Events


February 26th: Pro Musica Presents Chanticleer

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 37th season in 2014-15, performing in 25 of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary compositions. Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the Ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. Chanticleer was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and installed in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame the same year. William Fred Scott begins his tenure as Chanticleer’s fifth Music Director in 2015.

At 6:30 p.m: the Missouri Southern Choral group led by David Sharlow will present a pre-concert.

The concert is open to the public at no charge – donations appreciated

While in Joplin the group will present one educational outreach program at a local school or assisted living center.

Chanticleer’s appearance in Joplin is sponsored, in part, by the Helen S. Boylan Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Outreach activity sponsored, in part, by Con-way Truckload and the Rusty Smith Memorial Fund.

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Marriage Retreat 2016

"Together We Fight"
April 8th and 9th, 2016
Clarion Hotel in Branson, Missouri


Free Doughnuts In Childrens Church

DO-NUT Let Your Heart Be Troubled! Trust in God, and trust also in Me. - John 14:1

On February 14th - Valentine's Day - there will be a free donut for every child in Children's Church!


Upcoming Movie

On February 21st, we'll be showing Woodlawn in the main sanctuary at 6:00pm. Join us!

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Site Updates in Progress

You might see some strange things happening when you visit the site, but rest assured, it's not going anywhere, and everything vital will still function. New features and layout changes are coming, so if things look a little strange, just wait a couple of minutes and refresh your web browser. Thanks for your patience, and God bless you!


Joyful Hearts 2016 Pre-Registration

We are already planning next year, will you plan to attend? Register today!

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A word from Pastor Hank

Jesus said if we would speak to our mountains and believe in our heart what we say, they would move. So, if I'm to speak to them, there must be some. Not sure I like that, but it's true. God didn't tell us we would never have trouble, but He did say we could win anyway. In fact, He said we have power over all the power of the enemy and nothing can hurt us. Think what Jesus was saying. If we really believe that, we won't talk about our mountains, we'll talk to them. Faith in what Jesus did, is our key to victory. Most of the time we talk more about our problems than we do the answer. Jesus is our answer!
I know you’re like me and we need a lot of work in that area. So, let's get to it. I’m going to start telling my mountains what Jesus did. I’m going to talk more about His Power than the devil’s. Jesus lives inside of me and He's Greater than anything on the outside.
"Mountain, because of what Jesus did, you have to move!!"
Hope you'll start thinking about what you say before you say it.
Remember, we're all works in progress and we'll probably won't get it right at first. But keep working your faith and you'll end up on top.
Love you,
Pastor Hank


About Our Pastor

Henry 'Hank' Deslatte was born November 22, 1949, to Henry and Nina Deslatte in Galveston, Texas. Hank was raised in the Galveston area until the age of fifteen, when his family moved to Joplin, Missouri.

Hank graduated from Joplin Sr. High School in 1967 and continued his education at Missouri Southern State College for three and a half years before receiving Associate and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. In 1981, he received his Masters degree from Sacramento Baptist College in Sacramento, California. Then in 1983, he received his Doctorate from Baptist Christian University in Shreveport, Louisiana. Hank served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and fought in Vietnam.

In 1974, Hank walked into Central Assembly, located on West 26th St in Joplin, where he met Jesus Christ, and has served Him since that day. Hank joined the staff of Central Assembly in 1977, where he served his pastor, Dr. Mack Evans, for several years. In 1980, a small church in Paragould, Arkansas contacted Dr. Evans looking for a pastor. Brother Mack presented the opportunity to Hank, and after much prayer and reassurance from his pastor, Hank decided that God was calling him to Arkansas. When the Deslatte family arrived in Paragould, they found a church with 35 members. Hank, following the teacher of his mentor and pastor, Dr. Mack Evans, lead the congregation in phenomenal growth that saw them averaging 600 to 700 each Sunday, with a record high of over 1,500 on special occasions. After serving the church in Paragould for seven years, he returned to Joplin where he owned and operated a very successful business, while taking an active part in Central Christian Center once again. In 2002, when Dr. Evans was fighting some health problems, Hank was asked to fill the pulpit at Central Christian Center for most of the year. Under God's direction and Dr. Evan's guidance, Hank was groomed and destined to become the pastor of Central Christian Center, which he did in January of 2003.

The mantle was passed from Dr. Mack Evans to Dr. Hank Deslatte in a special service at Central Christian Center in December of 2002. Under the leadership of Pastor Hank, Central Christian Center continues to prosper. The Pastor's love for the Lord is contagious and has spread throughout the Body of Christ and taken the Central family to a new level in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.


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10:30am & 6pm Sundays

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