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!
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Are you worried about something? Is there something that's really bothering you today? Why don't you give it to the Lord? He can handle it better than you can. God didn't intend for you to carry all the stress and pressures of life. He said to give Him all your cares.
I know that's easier said than done, but try it. Why don't you give Him a chance to be big in your life? When it looks like there's no way, He 'll show you a way. When you feel your weakest,
He 'll show you how strong He is.
It’s when the enemy tries his hardest to get you, that God's able to prove His power is greater. Every time He's able to be big in your life, He shows once again that He's more powerful than the enemy. The Bible says it brings Him Glory to do it. He's not only able to carry your load, He wants to.
He's concerned about every area of your life because He loves you so much.
Guess what I'm trying to say is, "If it bothers you, it bothers Him!" And He's not going to let anything bother Him very long!
You haven't been able to do much with it, so why don't you give it to Him? He's been around awhile and probably knows how to handle it better than you do.
Remember, there's no one who loves you more than your Heavenly Father. You can trust Him. He cares for you.
I love you, too, and want you to have a great day.
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.
10:30am & 6pm Sundays
Nursery, Children's, Pre-Teens and Youth ministries available
(417) 781-5982 410 South Virginia Avenue Joplin, MO 64801
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