Central Baptist Church - Lindale

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Church History


The history of Central Baptist Church began when Dr. John W. Rawlings, who then was pastor of the Central Baptist Church in Tyler, became burdened for the city of Lindale. For about one year, John Rawlings conducted Street Meetings in Lindale. On Friday, September 24th, 1943, he organized this church. On the following Sunday, September 26th, the Church called Ray Kennedy as the First Pastor.


We are reminded of a portion of Scripture that says, "...and having done all to stand, stand therefore." Through the years this church has determined to stand as an Independent, Fundamental, Bible Believing Baptist Church that awaits the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. And while awaiting His return, the Church has determined to reach souls around Lindale and throughout the world.


"Missions" has been the heart and pulse beat of our Church. We believe that honoring the Great Commission and spreading the Gospel around the world is the thing nearest to the heart of God. We believe that if a church will reach to the regions beyond that the Lord will abundantly bless that Church. And we as a Church have experienced those blessings.