Central Baptist Church – The Church Journey


July 30, 2020 – http://mynetzone.com/

I had the privilege to visit Central Baptist Church of Bearden, which began in 1894 with the first pastor riding a horse from Carson-Newman College. For over 125 years the gospel has been proclaimed at and through this group of believers. Many years of consistent worship, and mission support.  That means thousands of people have heard the gospel because of this church’s faithfulness. That means hundreds and hundreds of missionaries have received support and thousands of prayers have been offered on their behalf. [1]

Looking at key dates; In 1924 under Pastorate of Rev. R.E. Humphreys the red brick building was erected on the site of the original church building.  In 1954 construction of a new three floor educational building for Central Baptist Church. A.L Marguerat, chairman of board of deacons, will turn the first ground. In Feb 6, 1955, the new building opened with a Sunday school attendance goal of 600. [3]


During my research I also found several church related newspaper articles with the earliest going back to July 09, 1898 the young people of the town are still continuing summer gaieties. The members of the Central Baptist Church gave a song service last sabbath afternoon, which provided perfect success.

During my visit I walked around the large red brick church taking pictures. Before leaving, I said a prayer giving thanks for all the wonderful years this church has served the community as well asking for blessing in the future.


Central Baptist Church of Bearden began in 1894 with the first pastor riding a horse from Carson-Newman College. Carson-Newman College, a private, Christian liberal arts college, is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, approximately 25 miles east of Knoxville.  Carson Newman has a long history going back in the early 1840s, a number of Baptist leaders in East Tennessee desired to offer better prepared ministers to area congregations. The East Tennessee Baptist Educational Society, which was comprised of two groups with a common interest, applied in 1850 for a charter to establish an institution of higher learning. Afforded the use of a local church building, Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary opened to students in the fall of 1851. The Tennessee Legislature granted the school’s charter in December of that year. [2]

In 1880, the university was named Carson College for James Harvey Carson (1801–1880).  I am thankful for a College like Carson Newman providing a mission as Christian educators helping students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders. [2]


With the National emergency for the COVID-19 virus many churches are remaining closed during the week only providing limited capacity openings on Sundays.  At the time of my visit the church was closed, so I spent time outside the church in meditation and prayer.


Church Website: https://centralbearden.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cbcbearden/

Date Visited: 2020 June 17th

Location: 6300 Deane Hill Dr. Knoxville, Tn.

If you would like to learn more about this church, upcoming events, or listen to a sermon I encourage you to visit the church website listed above.

May our Lord continue to bless this church in Jesus name.

“Now, our God, hear the prayers and the petitions of your servants. For your sake, Lord look with favor on your desolate sanctuary” – (Daniel 9:17)

Please Pray for all our churches as they continue to face challenges in the year 2020.

May this find you well and happy, God Bless

PICTURE GALLERY: Inside picture was provided by the church website.



  1. Central Baptist Church website, “Our History” (2020, February 11) Retrieved from https://centralbearden.org/about/
  2. Carson Newman “C-N History” retrieved from: https://www.cn.edu/about-c-n/c-n-history
  3. Newspaper.com, “Construction to Begin on Baptist Building” (1954 March 06 Page 5) The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville Tn.

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