Chris Stevens likes small towns. During his lifetime he has lived in many of them in 49 different states, and pastored churches in Alabama, Kansas and Texas. He has a broad base of interests and experience, having worked part-time in radio and in sports officiating, even in farming and breaking horses, all to supplement his income at times as a pastor. Pastor Stevens feels his calling to become a pastor came right after he was saved at age 10, and that’s all he ever really wanted to do. He also plays several instruments and is thrilled by the fact that Central Baptist Church members love to sing!
Melinda Henderson is the Children’s Director at Central Baptist Church and she lined up our meeting on the KSST Good Morning Show. Dr. Stevens and his wife Robin settled in Sulphur Springs back in the summer and are excited about getting involved in every activity of the church family. “With new leadership comes change, and with change comes new focus, new direction and the blessings that result” he said. Revival is planned for October 21-24 with evangelist Brian Beaver. Opening day, Sunday October 21 is “Friends Day”. There will be a special feature on Saturday October 20 starting at noon, when right after the Fall Festival Parade concludes in town, Central Baptist will host a free Pumpkin Patch with hot dogs, games, pumpkin painting and pumpkin bowling during the afternoon. All children of the community are invited.
The AWANA Children’s progam is set to begin Sunday September 9 with registration at 5pm and class time at 5:30. AWANA classes will be held every Sunday evening from 5:30 til 7pm children age three through fifth grade. On the Sunday morning schedule for kids, it’s Sunday School at 9:30am, then a “Kids Zone” Children’s Church begins at 10:30am. Designed for nursery through 5th grade, Kids Zone will have reading and art stations, games, Bible lessons and a Snack Shack.
For the adults, Pastor Stevens says Sunday School will become “Life Groups” and will focus on connecting the various age groups through common interests and life skills. Currently there are 5 Life Groups for adults and two for Teens, meeting Sunday mornings at 9:30am. Church services start at 10:30am with the Pastor’s message and including a good share of choir and congregational singing. Sunday evenings services begin at 6pm. Wednesday nights will feature 6:30pm services followed by practice for choir and praise teams.
Central Baptist Church is located at 840 Connally Street, at the intersection of Connally Street and League Street, next to the entrance to Buford Park. Keep up with services and activities by visiting atcentral.org.