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.

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A word from Pastor Hank

I remember when my boys were little. They would climb up on my lap and we would visit. They would love me and I'd love them back. We'd talk about everything that came to mind. The conversation really wasn't as important as the time together. I was with my babies and they were with me. No stronger human emotion than the love between a parent and their child.
Must be how our Heavenly Daddy feels about us. How He must love it when we get on His lap and tell Him how much we love Him. When we share our lives with Him. Talk about our day, all the challenges and all the joys. How He must cherish that intimacy with us. The conversation's probably not as important as the time we spend together. He's with His babies and we're with Him.
Didn't mean to get to heavy, I just thought it might be a nice time for a visit. You know what I mean, just spending time with Daddy, loving Him and letting Him love us back.
Love you, and I'll see you Sunday.
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.


Service Times

10:30am & 6pm Sundays

Nursery, Children's, Pre-Teens and Youth ministries available

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(417) 781-5982 410 South Virginia Avenue Joplin, MO 64801  
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