Campus Expansion and Renovation

Being an active church in an active construction zone 


With the construction phase of our building project off to a great start, most of the work happening so far has been basic site preparation and utility relocation. The bulk of that work is now done, although you’ll continue to see some ongoing utility work. This photo, taken Wednesday, March 20, shows that the curb boundaries are being set along Spring and Broad Streets. Soon you’ll see the outline of the building begin to take shape as the site is laid out for the first footings to be poured.

Thank you for your patience as we learn together how best to navigate being an active church on an active construction site. It’s an exciting time to be at Central. Thank you for your continued prayers for this project and for our church.

Bye, bye Brown Street

As site preparation continued toward the end of February 2019, no evidence remained that our block of Brown Street ever existed.

Construction gets underway

As January 2019 came to a close, construction continued to ramp up, with the relocation of utilities a top priority.

Brown Street closed

At 10:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9, our block of Brown Street was permanently closed. This allowed construction on our expanded complex to commence.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sunday, January 6 was a historic day in the life of our church as we broke ground for the construction phase of our building project. More than a year of mostly behind-the-scenes work has led us to what is now a very visible phase of our “Building on the Past, Building for the Future” campaign.

Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin on January 28, while conversion of the current fellowship hall to children’s space is scheduled to get underway in November.

Participants In the Groundbreaking Ceremony: 

Eric Johnson, Comprehensive Program Services; Rob Schulten, Comprehensive Program Services; Mitch Headley, Headley Construction; Luke Headley, Headley Construction; Hank Houser, Houser Walker Architecture; Amy Leathers, Houser Walker Architecture

Kip Oldham, Facilities Planning Team (co-chair); Leah Sumner, Facilities Planning Team (co-chair); Norma Haynes, Facilities Planning Team; Otis Jones, III, Capital Campaign Team; Carrie Markham, Facilities Planning Team; Becca Springfield, Facilities Planning Team; Adam Steele, Facilities Planning Team

Beth Wagstaff, Capital Campaign Team; Taylor Drake, Board of Deacons (chairman)

Matt Sapp, Pastor

“Prepare ye the way . . .”

The first step toward construction was the razing of the old youth building, along with the house next to it. In this photo taken December 6 workers complete the demolition of the buildings, while a tree company removes trees. The next step is utility relocation.

What’s included in our campus expansion and renovation?

Central Baptist Church has a rich history that has grown and evolved for over 120 years. Now work is underway on a major expansion and renovation of our facilities. Included in a new building on the site of the old youth building and Brown Street are

  • a new fellowship hall
  • new youth space
  • a gathering space 

The current fellowship hall will be converted into children’s space, making it possible for all children’s activities to be on the same floor of the building.

Floor plans

Level 1

Level 2