Central prepares women and men for seeking God, shaping church and serving humanity.
This is the mission of Central. Our vision is to be a leading seminary that offers innovative theological education and effective ministry formation in a global context. With over 500 students in a variety of educational programs, Central is finding a variety of ways to prepare those God is calling to special service in our world today.
We are grateful for the support of many faithful friends who make our mission possible through prayers and ongoing financial support.
There are two particular emphases that are currently focusing our ongoing mission: Congregational Health and Global Christianity.
Throughout the pages of our website, we invite you to learn more about Central. We have a long history and yet find ourselves moving in many new and exciting ways as the Spirit refocuses us for the future. At Central we value:
Disciplined Learning: We believe that cultivation of learning skills, the gaining and sharing of knowledge, and practical application are foundational to all that we do.
Community: We foster a communal process of learning, worship and service.
Diversity: We respect the richness of diversity as we engage voices of different ages, races, ethnicities, genders and faith traditions in a welcoming and open environment.
Justice: We model justice and stewardship in fulfillment of our Mission, forming students to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
Heritage: We value our place in the history of the universal church, our Trinitarian theology and our historic roots as a Christ-centered Baptist institution.
Creativity: We participate with the Spirit in generative and innovative methods.
Striving to be a more effective and prepared servant
From early on in life my desire has been to follow God and serve Him in any capacity that was available to me. My grandparents, who actively involved me in the spiritual life of our family, raised me in a Christian household.
I accepted Christ as my personal savior when I was nine years old. As a teenager I felt a strong, consuming desire to do more with my life, especially as it related to life within the staging church. After much prayer and spiritual counseling, I answered the call to preach when I was 16 and delivered my first sermon when I was 17, becoming the fourth generation of pastors/ministers in my family. Eventually, my responsibilities within the staging church increased. I have served as Youth Minister, Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Senior Pastor in churches in Missouri and Texas.