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Central Baptist Church prepares to celebrate its centennial

Linda Kincaid, Community Contributor • Feb 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM

KINGSPORT — Central Baptist Church, the first African American church built in Kingsport, will celebrate its centennial on Sunday, May 27, and the public is invited.

Central Baptist was founded and organized May 27, 1918, with 21 chartered members. Central moved its location on three occasions from Dale/Bristol Highway (Center Street), to Oak Street and to its current location of 301 Carver St.

Central Baptist Church has birthed four churches within the city limits, and like any proud parent, Central maintains a close relationship with its offspring.

Central has carried the torch from its humble beginning “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill, cannot be hid,” Matthew 5:14 (theoretically, it sits flat in the middle of the Riverview Community). Central has always been first on the cusp of addressing social issues, economic issues, educational issues, housing issues, civil rights issues, and, more importantly, reaching out to anyone desiring spiritual guidance.

Central has been served by 15 pastors, including current pastor Perry Stuckey.

Look for more details about Central Baptist and events planned for the month of May 2018’s centennial celebration in an April article in the Times News.

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