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Read the Bible with us!

We believe that the bible tells the one true story of the world - a story that leads to Jesus. And since at Central, Jesus is central, it means that it's well worth reading. But we know that reading the bible can be pretty tough - so why not do it with us, and stick to a plan?!? That's what we're doing in 2024, and we invite you to do with us. Check out the plan, insights, resources, and more at the link below.

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Need to Know

What We Need to Know to Have a Faith that Survives & Thrives in a Challenging World, a.k.a. Paul's Letter to the Philippians

How do you do when life gets challenging? In the upcoming series, we’re going to talk about a faith – actually, a life – that doesn’t fall apart when things fall apart. In fact, it’s a lived faith that survives and thrives in our challenging world. And it’s actually possible. Don’t you want that? We all do. The good news is that the Apostle Paul shows us exactly what we “Need to Know” to have a faith like that - that survives and thrives in a challenging world. He does it throughout his letter to the Philippians, which is what we’re going to dig in to through July. Join us!

Central Baptist Church

Welcomes you!

If you're checking out Central, let us tell you a bit about what we're about. Here at Central, we believe that Jesus is central. We want everything we do, think, and say to come from that. So, we strive to be a church that

Lives by faith in Jesus

Is known by loving like Jesus

And is a voice of hope in the world, echoing Jesus


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A bit about us

Who are we? What matters here? Why are we here?
Who are we?

Central Baptist Church is an intergenerational congregation in the heart of Atlantic Highlands, NJ – that has been here for over 125 years. We are not a perfect people, but we’re a warm, kind, and generous community.  We’d love for you to join us and ‘come and see’ for yourself.


We  blend contemporary and traditional elements of worship into our services; preserving our faith history while embracing new traditions in worship.  We love kids, and are excited to be growing our kids programs. We are affiliated with the American Baptist Churches – New Jersey and the American Baptist Churches – USA.

What matters here?

What is ‘central’ at Central?  Jesus.  He is our center, as we seek to live our lives by faith in him, to be known by the way we love like him, and to echo him by being a voice of hope in the world. This is what matters here at Central.

Why are we here?

We are here because we believe that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world – a world that God so deeply and profoundly loves – and through churches like ours, God shares his love with the world. So we are here to share his love, to bear witness to his amazing grace, and as he calls us to, to love our neighbors.


Central Learns is an after school program that we are excited to launch, providing space for kids K-12 to come and get homework help, tutoring, and enrichment by former educators and other skilled volunteers. Starting in February of 2024, it is every Wednesday from 3-5PM, and is free for all. Register and find out more details using the link below.

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But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

The Apostle Paul
Romans 5:8

"(The person) can certainly flee from God (he does so); but he cannot escape Him. ... He may let go of God, but God does not let go of him.

Karl Barth

"Do things that will get people asking questions, the answer to which is the Gospel."

Lesslie Newbigin

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10
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Atlantic Highlands

Loving the northern shore of Monmouth County...
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