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

When Elijah was sitting under a tree, discouraged and feeling like he wanted to die,
He said to God, "I'm no better than my fathers." In other words, he was saying there's nothing special about me. I'm of no use to You or anyone else!
Here's the thing, God had used him mightily the day before. He called down fire, ended a 31/2 year drought, and out ran all of Ahaabs chariots back to the city. But now instead of thinking about how big God is, he's thinking about how little he is! Wrong thinking will get us every time!
The devil's most successful at getting us to belittle ourselves. If he can do that, discouragement always follows.
Don't be a victim today! When he comes to me with those belittling thoughts , I usually say something like, "Yes your right, I'm not much - but do you remember my Jesus - He is something else - If you don't want to mess with Him again, you just best leave me alone."
When those discouraging thoughts come to you today why don't you push them out and put some new one's in! Like - My Heavenly Father who loves me with an everlasting Love!- I am so special to Him that He gave everything to get me back! - He had special plans for me before I was born! - He's working those plans into my life right now.- And nothing you do can stop that!
I know this though is a little longer than usual, but I felt you needed something to think about!
Think "BIGGLY" (Donald’s word not mine) about yourself, God does! Get the man a dictionary!
Love you and be blessed today!!
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

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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