Central Bible Church is in its seventh decade of faithfully
proclaiming God’s Word in Aurora, IL.
Central Bible Church was formed when two smaller
congregations (The Aurora Bible Church and Central Baptist Church) saw an
opportunity to have a greater impact in the community and voted to merge in
December of 1945. The first Sunday morning service was held on January 6, 1946
in the rented building formerly occupied by Central Baptist at 307 W. Galena
Within five years lots had been purchased at our present location, 940 W.
Galena Blvd. and plans were being formulated for a building to call our own. As
the new church outgrew the rental facilities where it initially met, it was
necessary to meet for a season at the Mary A. Todd Grade School until the new
building was completed. In June of 1952, ground was broken on the project and a
year later the first services were held in the new building. Less than a decade
later, continued growth would necessitate expansion to add more educational
Central has made a priority of ministering to children as
one of the earliest churches in America to adopt the AWANA program. We also
have a rich history of supporting both foreign and domestic missions, and an
ongoing commitment to preaching and teaching the Bible in order to see lives
transformed by the power of God. Leadership stability has been another hallmark
at CBC: Pastor Gary Hollinger was installed as only the seventh senior pastor in
our history just a few days before our seventieth anniversary.
Over the years God has blessed CBC with thousands of kids
and adults coming through our doors to hear the Good News of Jesus and we are
looking forward to what He will do in the coming years.
We invite you to come and be a part of a church where the Bible is Central to Life.