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About Us

A community of imperfect people, following Jesus, and sharing his love along the way

Jesus is central at Central. This being the case, we seek to live by faith in him, be known by the way we love like him, and echo him as a voice of hope in the world.

What we believe about Jesus drives us to be who we are, care about what we care about, and do what we do.


Central Baptist Church is an intergenerational congregation in the heart of Atlantic Highlands, NJ – that has been here for over 125 years. We have folks from Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Red Bank, Oceanport, and more, of all ages and places in life. 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 and youth programs. We are affiliated with the American Baptist Churches – New Jersey and the American Baptist Churches – USA.

What is central at Central?

Jesus is.

That's what matters most to us.
Live by faith

Because Jesus is central, we strive to live by faith in him. Paul talked about it as ``walking`` by faith, and Jesus himself even said that we have life when we ``live by believing`` in him. It means that everything we do, say, decide, think, and act on is meant to spring from trusting in him. So, we are devoted to him, and seek him in worship, Scripture, prayer, community, service, and more.

Known by Love

Because Jesus is central, we strive to be known by the way we love like him. Jesus' love was - and is - radical. It reaches the unreachable, crosses the most difficult boundaries, and knows no limits. It is self-sacrificial, self-less, and self-giving. His love is world changing. It shapes our character as we grow to become more like him, loving as he loves.

Voice of Hope

Because Jesus is central, we strive to echo him as a voice of hope in the world. Jesus spoke peace into trauma, wholeness into brokenness, reconciliation into division, comfort into grief, community into loneliness, light into darkness, life into death. With everything we do, we hope to echo his voice into a hurting world that is so extravagantly loved by God.

What we believe

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:7).


We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.  We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17; John 4:24; John 17:5).


We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:2-3; 1 John 1:7).


We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, comforter, and guide (John 14:26; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 1:13-14).


We believe that all people are sinners by nature and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13; John 3:16-17; Acts 20:21; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:5).

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on the credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:38-41; Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:25-27).

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow people; that his or her conduct should be blameless before the world; s/he should be a faithful steward of his or her possessions; and that s/he should seek to realize for him or herself and others, the full stature of maturity in Christ (2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 3:17-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-5).

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom.  We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal blessedness of the righteous, and endless suffering of the wicked (John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:1-15; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Corinthians 5:10).


We have a constitution that guides the way we do things. Please feel free to take a look at it!
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