Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been a vital and vibrant faith community in Terre Haute, Indiana since its founding on June 28 1841. Our members and friends come from many backgrounds and experiences, and we rejoice in our numerous differences, perspectives, and abilities knowing that our love of God and our commitment to Christ’s ministry unite us above all else In June 2006, Central officially joined the list of Open and Affirming churches in our denomination, making us the second Disciples of Christ congregation in Indiana to do so.
Central Christian Church is part of the denomination Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the USA and Canada. As such, we firmly believe that God calls all Christians to shared ministry and lay leadership is essential in our understanding of who we are as God’s people. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper – communion – every Sunday and we insist that the table is open for ALL who want to partake. We practice “believer’s baptism” by immersion but we recognize all forms of baptism. Members are accepted by transfer of membership from another church or by a confession of faith and baptism.
At Central, we strive to be faithful to our Vision in all areas of ministry we undertake, with special emphasis on genuine Christian hospitality, excellence in worship, deep commitment to local and global outreach, and special devotion to children and youth. It has been a part of our long history to undertake certain social justice issues, and in 2016, we formed an “official” Social Justice League led by passionate and competent congregational lay leaders. We invite you to visit us for worship, Sunday school, and/or one of our many special events. Come and see if you’d like to become a part of Central Christian Church, where God calls us to be a welcoming and open faith community where Christian love, action, and discipleship unite!
In 2016, we celebrated a major anniversary!
Our Church History
On June 28, 1841, 13 men became the charter members of Central Christian Church. The first sanctuary was at an unknown location in Terre Haute.
By 1845, the membership had grown to 148. There were plans to build on North 4th Street, but the actual location of that building is also unknown.
639 Mulberry Street
This building was built in 1867. It was remodeled in 1934 by Indiana State University and served as a bookstore. The location of the building
was adjacent to the Condit House on the ISU campus.
7th & Mulberry Street (now Larry Bird Avenue)
The first service was held in June 1911. The basement was the first home to Terre Haute Children's Museum. This building was the first home for Lifeline.