Central Baptist Church is an independent, fundamental body of born-again believers. Our doctrine and practice stem from our belief in the authority of the Word of God. The Bible that we use in our church is the King James Version.
We believe that the main purpose of Central Baptist Church is to spread the gospel around the world, baptizing new believers, and then equipping and training them to be mature followers of Christ (Matt 28:20). We do this locally, as a church, here in Ponca City and around the world through the many missionaries and Christian ministries that our church supports through prayer and finances.
Central Baptist Church is well known for its loving and friendly atmosphere. We desire that those in need of the gospel will come and feel welcome, but most importantly, be pointed toward Christ's amazing sacrifice for their sin.
We don't expect the people who come into our church to be "fixed" and perfect. We understand that is a process. Therefore, our desire is that Christians understand their personal responsibility for holiness and encourage them to come and sit under the preaching and teaching of God's Word, so that they might grow as God deals with their heart and life.
If you are looking for a church to visit or attend, consider this your invitation. We would love to meet you and, by God's grace, be a blessing to you. So please make plans to join us, and we will look forward to seeing you at our next church service.
Central Baptist Church’s origin goes back to the year 1933 when Revivalists Garret Graham and Marion Been held meetings at the Ritz Theater, which was located at 200 W. Grand Ave. After several weeks of revival services, Garret Graham along with 35 individuals who had attended that revival meeting organized the Tabernacle Baptist Church in the year 1934. The church continued to meet in various homes and city parks until they were able to acquire property on the corner of Oak and Cleveland.
In the 1940’s, the church was renamed Oak Street Baptist Church, and by 1952 they had grown to an attendance of well over 200 individuals. With this growth, the church needed to make a few changes. This led them to rename the church Central Baptist Church in the fall of 1953 followed by the purchase of land on Hartford Avenue between 6th and 7th Street in January of 1955 in order to construct a larger meeting place.
Many wonderful and godly men had a hand in the leadership and development of Central Baptist Church during its lifetime. Due to the faithfulness of those men and the many members who held true to Biblical doctrine, Central Baptist Church has been a beacon of the Gospel in Ponca City for many decades.
Before our current pastor, a very godly man by the name of Kenneth Biddinger pastored Central Baptist Church from June of 1968 until the fall of 1993. His 25 years of leadership and ministry at Central Baptist Church solidified our church’s commitment to evangelism and desire for Biblical truth.
When Pastor Biddinger left Ponca City in order to pastor a ministry in Talihina, OK, the church called his son-in-law, John Waterloo to be the pastor. We believe the lengthy combined tenure of these two faithful and godly men has led our church to the great place that it is today.
Due to the growth of our church at that time, and an average attendance in the upper three hundreds to low four hundreds, the members and leadership decided to sell the property on Hartford, which sold in August of 2006, and began building on property which had been purchased in 2001 on the corner of Hwy 77 and Coleman Road. On December 1st of 2008, we held our first service in our current building and had an attendance of over 450 people.
Pastor Waterloo continues to lead Central Baptist Church in a way that we know glorifies our Heavenly Father. We are a church committed to Biblical preaching, world evangelism, and the discipleship of families who might carry on the work of God in Ponca City and around the world for many years to come. Our desire is that you too might become a part of our church’s great history by attending, joining, and serving with us as we strive to win souls and exalt our Lord and Savior.
Our main services take place each Sunday at 10:30am and 6:00pm. Our services would be considered a more traditional style that begin with Christ centered music and worship followed by the preaching of God’s Word from our pastor.
9:30 am – Classes for All Ages (includes 5 adult classes)
10:30 am – Morning Worship Service
6:00 pm – Evening Worship Service
6:45 pm – King’s Character Program (Age 5-6th Grade) (During the school year)
6:45 pm – All-Stars Youth Program (7th-12th Grade) (During the school year)
7:00 pm – Mid-week Worship Service
Our services are centered around God and His Word, and we make great efforts to keep the focus on Him at all times. We also pride ourselves in having a very warm, family friendly atmosphere in spite of our large congregation. So please make plans to join us for our services and experience the love of Christ with our church family.
Senior Pastor Dr. John Waterloo joined the Central Baptist Church staff during first quarter of 1987 as the Associate/Youth Minister. He became Pastor on January 1, 1994.
Bro. John was born in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois and later moved to San Diego, California where he lived for most of his youth. At the age of 11, Bro. John was saved at a Jack Van Impe Crusade in San Diego. He attended Baptist Bible College and Graduate School of Theology. He has received his Masters of Ministry and Doctorate of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Georgia. He is presently teaching at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The first girl to whom he was introduced at BBC was Brenda, his wife. They were married at Central Baptist Church on June 29, 1985. John and Brenda have two sons, Jonathan, a graduate of Pensacola Christian College, and Sam, who is serving as Youth Director at Sauk Trail Baptist Church in Richton Park, IL.
You can e-mail Pastor Waterloo at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Pastor Lynn Schuyler joined the Central Baptist Church staff in March 1998.
Bro. Lynn was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was saved at the age of 5 years old. He surrendered his life to the Lord before his freshman year in high school. He attended Pensacola Christian College where he was given many areas of responsibility and opportunities for ministerial growth. He graduated on May 12, 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry. After college, he went to First Baptist Church in Germantown, Ohio, where he held the position of youth director for three years.
Bro. Lynn met his wife, Jenny, while at First Baptist Church in Germantown, Ohio. They were married on August 9, 1997. They have three children: Katie, Megan and Jarod.
You can e-mail Pastor Schuyler at: email@example.com.
Youth Pastor Tim Russell joined the Central Baptist Church staff in May 2012.
Bro. Tim was born in Augusta, Georgia. At the age of nine his family moved to Plainfield, Indiana. On February 7th, 2001, while in Plainfield, Tim trusted Christ as His Savior and later that summer Tim surrendered to full-time Christian service while attending Indian Creek Baptist Youth Camp. In 2007 he moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to attend Heartland Baptist Bible College. Tim graduated with his Bachelor's degree in 2011. He earned his Master of Ministry degree in May 2013.
While at Heartland, Tim met Heather Yonkers and they were married on June 3, 2011. They have one son, Grayson Russell.
You may e-mail Tim at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Minister José Palencia joined the Central Baptist Church staff in August 2011.
Bro. José was born in Lancaster, California and lived there until moving to Ponca City. He was saved in the year 2000 after attending a teen camp with Lancaster Baptist Church. José surrendered his life to the Lord just prior to his sophomore year of high school, and went on to attend West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster where he was involved in the childrens, youth, and music ministries. José graduated in May 2011 with a degree in Music.
José met his wife, Melissa, in 2009 while attending West Coast Baptist College. They were married May 12, 2012.
You may e-mail José at: email@example.com.
Senior Pastor | Dr. John Waterloo
Assoc. Pastor | Lynn Schuyler
Youth Pastor | Tim Russell
Music Director | José Palencia
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