History

Central Congregational Church, organized in 1852, has a history of over 150 years of Christian witness in Providence, Rhode Island. Its present building, erected in the late 1890's, expresses the neo-Renaissance architectural style of the late 19th century and is symbolic of the spirit of liberty, hope and new life.

Central Church Decorated for Thanksgiving. Photo dated Nov. 21, 1897

Central Church Decorated for Thanksgiving. Photo dated Nov. 21, 1897

Central is a member of the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ and the national United Church of Christ, a denomination of 1.7 million members.

Central's approximately 600 members come not only from the city but from neighboring Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts communities. With diverse social and economic backgrounds and a wide variety of geographic and denominational origins, Central members are brought together seeking to find God and to follow God's son, Jesus Christ.

A Brief History of Central Church

by John S. Chaney

1852-1899

1900-1949

1950-1999

2000-Today

From 1852 through today, there have been three constants at Central. They are: message, mission, and music. MESSAGE. The message is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed weekly from the pulpit and reiterated during child, youth, adult learning, and social activities. MISSION. Since its founding, Central has remained seriously committed to mission, locally, nationally and internationally. MUSIC. Central strives to continue its heritage of musically offering up to Almighty God only the best of what we have to give.