Christ Centered Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church that was commissioned to reach the Plainfields for Christ by Somerset Bible Baptist Church. For years, Pastor Jose Santos was burdened with a call of God to plant a church in a much needed area in New Jersey. Throughout those years, he has met with many pastoral leaders in seeking God’s direction and the Lord put on his heart a burden for the people in the Plainfield area.
His pastoral assistant, David Gerak, felt God’s call to follow Pastor Santos in the work of the ministry. First services were held on January 18, 2015 with 22 people in attendance. The church rented out two rooms in the Boys and Girls Club of Plainfield, which at that time was located at 530 West 7th Street. Witnessing and soulwinning efforts began immediately in the area as the gospel is being proclaimed all over the three areas of the Plainfields. Seeing the need for the children in the church to learn on their own level, Junior Church services were started on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
On April 17, 2016, CCBC celebrated its first year anniversary with a BBQ after the service. Missionary Jeff Bassett commemorated the occasion by being our guest preacher. Missionary Bassett encouraged the congregation to “not skip steps” in the Christian life. We praise the Lord that attendance records were broken with 70 in attendance for this special service. After the service, Christ Centered Baptist Church took on its first missionary…Missionary Jeff Bassett.
On May 12, 2016, God opened the door for Christ Centered Baptist Church to purchase a van to pick up those in the Plainfield area. It was utilized that next Sunday (May 15, 2016) with every seat occupied as those precious souls were eager to hear the Word of God.
Beginning on the first Sunday in July, CCBC moved it’s services to a new location in the downtown area of Plainfield. This move was necessary because the previous building (West 7th Street) was sold to a new owner that was no longer looking to rent to the church. The new location at 145 Park Avenue was small, but the church trusted the Lord to guide our steps. On Wednesday, July 29th, after only a month inside the new location, the church received notice that we could no longer hold services in the downtown area due to “a local city ordinance.” With only a few days to look for a new location, God blessed us and opened doors for a new location that started on August 7, 2016.
Our new facility is located at 620 Ravine Road, Plainfield, NJ 07062. This church building has all the amenities we sought in a building, including: central air conditioning, altar call area for invitation time, separate pulpit area for preaching and teaching, sound system, and a seating capacity of 80 people. Additionally, Junior Church has its own meeting place in the basement portion of the church and more rooms are available as God increases and adds to the ministry of Christ Centered Baptist Church. We praise the Lord for His wonderful provision. On September 7, 2016, CCBC started a Wednesday Evening Service with 14 in attendance.
We look forward to see what Christ will do at Christ Centered Baptist Church as His people yield to Him in all matters of their lives. We hope that you will visit and desire to be a part of this great ministry.