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!
"Together We Fight"
April 8th and 9th, 2016
Clarion Hotel in Branson, Missouri
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!
On February 21st, we'll be showing Woodlawn in the main sanctuary at 6:00pm. Join us!
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!
We are already planning next year, will you plan to attend? Register today!
Every day I try to share thoughts that will encourage and help you realize how much God loves us. And I think that's so important. I don't know about you, but I am more effective when I'm encouraged than when I'm discouraged. Aren't you better when you're up than when you're down?
When someone asks me, "How are you doing?" I usually answer, "Good, and I'm doing it on purpose." Didn't really give it much thought, just decided one day if I were going to be one or the other, it might as well be good. That's the neat thing about God, we make the decision, and He makes it happen. God said that He has set before us life. Jesus said He came so we could have it and live it abundantly. And if that's not enough, He sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into it (all God has for us). How smart do you have to be? Sign me up!
How about you? What's your choice? There's life and death out there, choose the life God has for you. I read the end of the Book, we win!
Today, be encouraged, be up, and experience the goodness of God.
He loves you and I do, too! See you Sunday!
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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