God in His divine wisdom looked at this community and saw that His people had no place in which to worship Him.
In the spring of 1939, God brought Carl and Georgia Mae Colson and their son Clayton down from Gainesville Florida. Tom and Allie Mae Cain and their two daughters Carolyn and Jane were also brought down from New York City. Tom and Carl contacted other members of the Church of Christ in this community. Together they made plans to locate a place in which they could worship God. The community Church building at City Point was secured and the first service of the Cocoa City Point Church of Christ was held there on July 23, 1939.
This old building still stands today and is located on the River Road about 5 miles North of downtown Cocoa. Those in attendance at this first service were as follows; Carl and Georgia Mae Colson and their son Clayton; Thomas and Allie Mae Cain and their children Carolyn and Janet; O.B. and Mary Goodson and their children Paul, Jerry, and Myra; J.W. and Mildred Chandler and their daughter Ruth; Ethel Beal; Fannie Bouser; Carmen Fortenberry and her daughter Jean; Elsie Warren and her daughter Myrle and grand daughter Linda. There were also 5 visitors from West Palm Beach. They were Bro. L.R. and Johnnie Brooker and their 3 sons. These 27 people made up the total attendance at the first service of the Cocoa Church of Christ. The church met at this location for 9 1/2 years. The preaching and teaching was done primarily by Bros. Colson and Cain alternating from week to week. They were occasionally assisted by other members of the congregation.
A meeting was held in October 1939 by Bro. John Pearl Prevatt from Dasher Bible School in Valdosta, Georgia as the Evangelist. There were 2 Baptisms resulting from this meeting; Bro. Paul Roberts and Bro. Cubic Fortenberry. Since our building had no baptistry they were baptized in the swimming pool at the old Indian River Hotel in Rockledge.
Because so many Navy personnel were stationed at the Banana River Naval Air Station (now Patrick Air Force Base) during the war years, the Church had a unique opportunity to spread the Gospel to many parts of the world.
Several homes were opened to the many servicemen and women passing through this area. The net result of this ministry is known only to God.
A lot was purchased in May 1944 for a new Church building at 5 Poinsett Drive in Cocoa. Construction was started in July 1948 and the first service was held on Jan 9th 1949. The average attendance was 100. The Church became known as the Poinsett Drive Church of Christ. It was then that this small group of Christians realized that God had placed in their hands the tools to expand His cause in all of Brevard County and to many other parts of the world. The first full time minister was Bro. Parker Henderson who served from September 1949 to November 1952.
Bro. Colson and Bro. Cain were appointed the Churches first Elders on March 12 1957. The first Deacons appointed on June 18th 1959 were Stanley Chaney, Wesley H. King, and William "Bill" Wright. Bro. Parker Henderson was the first Missionary to be sponsored by the local Church. He was sent to Bangkok Thailand. (Bro. Larry Henderson, the son of Parker and Donna Henderson, also served as Missionary to Thailand. Larry was born in Cocoa, and began his work in Bangkok on Sept 1st 1975.)
The Church of Christ at 5 Poinsett Drive experienced the largest growth in its history over the next fifteen years. Members from this Church started new congregations at Factory Street in Cocoa (now Fiske Blvd. Church of Christ), Melbourne, Titusville, 2 on Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, and Rockledge. These Churches in turn have started new congregations in Brevard County and elsewhere.
The Sunday morning attendance grew from an average of 174 in 1961 to 311 in 1965. Bro. Paul Breakfield was the local minister at that time. A decision was made by the Elders that a search be made for a lot on which to build a larger building. A site was found at the corner of Coquina Drive and U.S. 1, our present location. Ground breaking was June 20th 1966. The new building was occupied on August 6th 1967. A Dedication service was held on Sept 17th 1967 to celebrate this event. The Invocation was given by Bro. Orvel Boyd. The introduction of the guest speaker was by Bro. Paul Breakfield and the speaker was a former minister of the congregation Bro. Perryman Dennison from Jacksonville.
The Poinsett Drive property was sold to the Cocoa Women's Club in Sept 1966.
The Church met for the next 9 months in vacant department store buildings in downtown Cocoa while our new building was being built.
The Elders of the congregation in 1974 were Thomas L Cain, Carl Colson, Glen McCallister, Walter Gilfilen and Phillip Ellenburg. There were about 170 families and a membership of 340 in attendance at that time. Attendance fluctuated between 325 and 400. A record attendance of over 500 for the morning service was reached in April 1973.
On Oct 4th 1975 a new educational annex was completed. This addition provided 17 additional classrooms, a library, a teacher's work and storage room, a new office and a third floor auditorium with a seating capacity for 200 students.
Following Bro. Paul Breakfied Jr. who left in Feb 1980 to assist the new Rockledge Church of Christ, were Dwayne Andrew, Jerry Cantrell, and Sam Long. Bro. Long began his ministry here in August 1985 and continued until January 1994. In June 1994 Bro. Don Adkins was retained as the minister of the congregation.
In June 1994 the local congregation had a membership of approximately 224. As of Sept 20th 1995 the membership had grown to about 276.
It is difficult to recall all of the special programs that the Church has been involved in. The following is a few of the major ones that come to mind. Bro. David Starks was put through a Christian College at Terrell Texas and is now working with the Church in Oklahoma City. The local Church has supported the Christian Home and Bible School at Mount Dora for over 40 years.
The Church has supported Missionaries in many parts of the world including Thailand, Germany, Bahamas, Venezuela, and Guyana. Some of our members have been active in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.
The Ladies flower program has been active since 1964. This involves the making of pillow corsages and delivering to every patient at the Wuesthoff Hospital each Thursday morning of the year.
The Church has a benevolent program that provides food, clothing and shelter for all that need it. The Church has maintained a bus ministry, a prison ministry and a program for the deaf for over 30 years.
The educational program at the Church includes the 9AM Sunday School for all classes staffed by well qualified teachers, a nursery for the pre-schoolers and a class during the morning worship service for the young people and conducted in the third floor auditorium in the annex.
In addition to these there are many evening classes being taught in the homes of several of the members each week. Sister Brenda Adkins is also teaching a lady's Bible class at 10am each Tuesday at the Church building.
The prospects for continued growth both numerically and spiritually has never looked better. God has blessed His Church here at Cocoa in many wonderful ways. Can we afford to give Him anything less than our best?
Who We Are....
We are the Central Church of Christ in Cocoa. Our aim is to be Jesus in our community, in our world, in our culture and in our time. We are not trying to be a church of the first century, tenth century or nineteenth century. We are not trying to be like the church in the 1950's, 60's, 70's or 80's. We are striving to be the church that God wants us to be right now, today and tomorrow. Since we are a part of the body of Jesus Christ, our all-sufficient example is Jesus Christ Himself. He lived the life that we seek to imitate. Our goal is to be the very expression of the person of Jesus in our generation.
We believe that person is revealed clearly in the Bible. Therefore, we are committed to being biblical and only biblical. We are tired of labels. No one likes to be labeled.
We are not committed to being conservative. We are not committed to be liberal.
We are not committed to being traditional. We are not committed to be progressive.
We are not committed to defending tradition. We are not committed to break tradition.
We are not committed to anyone's agenda of change. We are not committed to maintain the status quo.
In the context of being biblical, we believe that there are certain matters of truth revealed in the Bible that are absolute. We believe that those things are clearly taught and have the power of a "thus says the Lord" behind them.
But we also believe that the Bible allows for differences in many areas. Not everyone comes to the same conclusion about everything in the Bible. Our mission is not to condemn or criticize others but to invite everyone to join us on a journey that leads to transformation.
In these matters we seek to follow the New Testament principle paraphrased by the fathers of the American Restoration Movement:
In matters of faith: unity
In matters of opinion: liberty
In all things: love
We do believe that there are certain areas of the work and ministry that are absolutely fundamental to being a follower of Jesus.
We are not interested at all in just "keeping house." We have no desire to "play church." It is our mission, our calling and our passion as a church to exalt Jesus as Lord and we invite you to join us.
What we Believe....
At Central Church of Christ, we try to understand and follow the Bible and its teaching. However, our ability to logically understand the scriptures is not the basis for our acceptability before God. Our salvation is based on what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. We recognized that we cannot be right about everything and therefore completely depend on God's graciousness and mercy to do so.
We are not the only Christians but Christian only...
Javier Diaz was born and raised in Venezuela, South America. He is one of five children, and like most Venezuelans, grew up in a Catholic home. He went to medical school in Venezuela, and in 1980, moved to the USA to complete his pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatal medicine which he finish it in 1985. His wife, Anne, was born in Alabama, and was raised in Texas. Her religious background was with the Church of Christ. Her former career was as a registered nurse until she was blessed to be able to stay home and raise children. Javier and Anne married in 1983 and moved to Florida in 1990.
At the beginning of their marriage, they had very different views about the meaning of Christianity. Javier was a liberal catholic and Anne had grown up in an environment that had some legalistic influences—not from her parents, but rather her Christian school and church environments. Together, they decided to study the Bible with a common goal of leaving behind any previous teachings and influences in order to seek truth. In 1988, Javier was baptized in Shreveport, Louisiana, and together they continued growing and working as a couple unified in the Lord. The Diaz family is a happy, blended family. Javier and Anne have four children, Tommy, Eddie, Sabrina, and Daniel. All three boys attend Central, and Sabrina attends when she is home from studying at West Palm Beach Atlantic University. Tommy is married to Stephanie, and they have 3 children, Brittany, Anthony, and Isabelle. Before becoming a member at Central, Javier served as an elder at the First Christian Church of Merritt Island for many years. Javier was chosen to serve as an elder at Central in January of 2007. Both Javier and Anne have been involved in the evangelization of Venezuela, as well as in children's and adult Bible education.
My name is Cecil Walker and I'm one of the Elders here at the Central Church. I was initially raised as an "Army Brat" as I was born in Ft. Polk, LA, lived for 5 years in Grafenwoehr, Germany, and later spent a couple of years in Ft. Stewart, Georgia. I came to Florida as a result of my Dad being posted overseas while my Mother and I came to Merritt Island to live with my Grandparents. I've lived in Central Brevard County now going on 40 years. I graduated from Cocoa High School and the University of Central Florida. It was at UCF that I met my wife Barbara who like me, is also a teacher. We've been married for 27 years and have one son, Steven who is attending College.
I was brought up in a local Baptist Church while Barb was brought up in the Catholic Church. Soon after we were married we began to attend a local Church of Christ. Our interest was more out of location and friendliness of the people than a search of any "doctrinal purity." As we began to serve the church I became more interested in Bible Study. Attending functions such as the Pepperdine Bible Lectures began to put me in touch with the wonderful legacy of the American Restoration Movement and it's claim to unity through the Bible, not uniformity. In my quest for Biblical understanding and allowing it to be a conduit for transforming my life, I am convinced of two things:
1. The Bible is the infallible word of God.
2. I do not have infallibility in my understanding of His Word.
Be that as it may, I believe all of us are on a journey and I invite you to join us here at Central.
Hi, my name is Curtis Peter and I grew up on our family farm in Northwest Kansas where agriculture and ranching were the driving influences in my early life. My wife Jeannie, who also has an agriculture background, attended the same High School in Goodland, Kansas. We were married after graduating and just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Jeannie and I are blessed with two grown children Nathan Peter and Lindsey Lakins and their spouses, Crystal Peter and Jeremy Lakins. We are also blessed with three wonderful grandchildren, Sammy and Sadie Lakins and Devin Peter.
Shortly after we were married I began studying the Word with Jeannie and I was baptized into Christ. We began attending the church in Goodland, with a membership of 35 people. With such a small group of Christians I was quickly volunteered into service. It was during this time that my desire to return to school for formal Bible education began to grow and develop. That desire led us to move to Lubbock, Texas and attend the Sunset School of Preaching two year program, and six month Mission Program. Jeannie and I spent just under four years in Toluca, Mexico where, along with four other families we met at Sunset, we helped to plant a church which just celebrated it's 15th anniversary.
When I am not working at my job as District Sales Manager for a Coral Springs, Fl roofing adhesive company, I enjoy fishing, boating and waterskiing and spending time with our children and three wonderful grandchildren. God, family and church are high priorities in my life and I am thankful He has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him here at Central.
Preacher Don Adkins is a native of West Virginia. He graduated from Logan High School in 1969 and immediately joined the navy where he spent the next twenty-three years. He married Brenda, his high school sweetheart in 1970 and they have been together ever since. They have two children, Chad and Stacy. Chad is the youth and family minister at Central and Stacy is married to a preacher and they live in Whitehouse, Tenn. Don and Brenda also have five grandchildren. Don has a rich heritage in churches of Christ. His father and grandfather were both song leaders in churches in southern West Virginia and Kentucky.
His great grandfather was a gospel preacher. He and Brenda also have a rich heritage at Central. Although Don grew up in Churches of Christ, he didn't obey the gospel until the summer of 1983 while stationed at Port Canaveral and attending Central.
After his retirement from the navy in 1992, Don finished his BS degree in Sociology from the University of the State of New York and decided to enter the ministry. The whole family moved to the plains of West Texas where he and Brenda both attended and graduated from the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock in 1994. At that time, Central was looking for a new preacher and Don and Brenda were ask to begin their new work in June of 1994. He and Brenda have served the Central church continuously since then.
My name is Chad Adkins, my lovely wife's name is Tara and we have three beautiful daughters. I am a graduate of the Adventures In Missions (A.I.M) program, as well as the Sunset School
of preaching. I have been in youth ministry since 1997 and have been the Youth and Family minister here at Central since 2003. If you are looking for a fun place to be that will accept you for who you are, but challenge you to grow spiritually at the same time, then check us out. The youth group at central consists of approximately 40 teens from 7th-12th grade. We strive to lead godly lives in all that we do and challenge each other to be better men and women of God.
Our group likes to have a lot of fun and we stay very active with our monthly calendars. Some of our activities and trips include : Workcamp, Bible Camp, Sonquest, Monthly Devos, Boat days, Reteats, Service projects, and much more.
Venezuela - Jorge Perez
Dear brothers and sisters. My family and I are sending a warm greeting to all you. I would like to say that everything in my country is fine but the truth is everything is getting worse every day. The crime is increasing very fast, the government has not the capacity to stop the crime and many people are killing by deliquescent , during the weekend the crime increase , we have more people killed than the Iraq's war. A group of the Harding University came to Venezuela to help San Antonio Church ( 30 minutes from Caracas). They had a campaign for two weeks, my daughter Karen came with them to work in the campaign , one night after finish
the conference a lady Rosa Virginia where Karen and one American girl called Kelly were stayed decided to stop on store to buy some food, there were four men in same place, those men start to follow the girls , when they are entering in the building where they are staying , they were stopped with those men and three of the came into the car and the other one stayed in their car, those men forced the girls to go with them in the girl´s car and the men put their guns in the head of the girls for three hours, they kidnapped the girls, here in Venezuela the criminal people take people to ask for money to their family, that is called express kidnap , They ask Karen who are I am, where I work, where we live and those questions they asked to all of them , they want to take one of them to another stated , my daughter was praying and also the lady, those men started to shout to Kelly she was crying, she cannot understand what they say to her, they kept the girls for three hours and they decided to release the girls in a dangerous place, they took the girl´s car and all the bags with the things of the girls, Kelly´s passport was taken by the men, thank God they did not do any physical damage to the girls. Karen is very affected with that situation, I have had to take her to doctors, she felt very bad, her health is no fine, we had to talk to the Harding university to stop her study, we are planning to send her back to Harding university in January in the next year, the doctors recommended it. My wife is affected, that hurt us very much but we trust in God. I beg you to pray for us , we are having hard time in this moment. Venezuela is not safe for people, the corruption is increase everyday and the price of everything is expensive. We are baptized five persons last month, I am sending pictures of them, I continue working in a city called San Juan De Los Morros, we have bible study every Tuesday and also there is another city close to Maracay called Cagua, we have Bible study every Monday We have many people in Church who have many emotional problems, I am helping them, I go to Los Teques Church ( two hours from Mararcay driving) to help members with this problem, I spent all day working with them that is Thursday . I would like to know if you receive this e-mail please let me know.
God bless you
We are God´s soldiers for this world
This version of Chist Cental's website was launched shortly after the Church changed names from Central Church of Christ to Christ Central Church. In an effort to start off the new year with a new look and new VISION the website was updated.
This website is based on .Net standards and is built to be cross browser compatible using the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, FireFox, and NetScape. The site is also built to be down revision browser compatible. This means that even if you are not running Internet Explorer 9 or better you can still get most of the functionality from the site. Running a down rev version of a browser will cause minor aesthetic differences in shadows and borders.
Each Sunday Central offers a Worship Streaming Service. This service allows you to view the worship service live online. In order to get the 'full' affect it is recommended that you hard wire in rather than use wireless and that you close all other applications while viewing the stream. Flash Player is required to view the stream so some mobile devices will not work. As of 1/1/2012, Android devices are the only mobile devices that support Flash Player. If you are having difficulty viewing the High Quality Stream you can click the Normal Quality link on the Streaming page, this option should perform much better on slower internet connections.
Late in 2011 Christ Central partnered with Connection Power Ministries to establish a new online church directory, class schedule, and bulletin board. This software allowed the leadership at Central to keep records of membership, update class schedules, and communicate the church event calendar to all memebers more efficiently. Members can access their Connection Power Account by clicking the Member Login link on the Church Website Home Page.
We are hoping to launch an iPhone and iPad Streaming app. This app will allow iPhone and iPad users to view the stream live from their mobile devices. We are also hoping to add at least one new camera to the live stream and a software package that will allow us to produce a more fluid viewing experience for the end users. Look for all of these enhancements sometime in 2012.
Ministry Leader: Bob Uber
Ministry Leaders: Fred & Cindi Schutz
Christ Central’s Care and Repair Ministry exist to help needy families and widows with minor repairs on their homes and property. Items such as painting, cleaning, lawn work, and appliance repair are just some of the things the Care and Repair Ministry does.
Ministry Leader: Paul Carpenter
The Praise & Worship Team exists to create and facilitate an atmosphere of celebrative congregational worship. The Praise team consists of various musicians and vocalists who set the tone and atmosphere of our worship
Ministry Leader: Mike Moore
The Budget and Finance Ministry exist to serve the church through the stewardship of Oinancial resources. The ministry assists church and ministry leaders in establishing the annual budget and monitoring the church Finances.
Ministry Leader: Kent Burnett
The Fellowship Ministry exists to connect the church and community together with various social activities. These include but are not limited to, meals at the building, spring picnics, parties and special holiday events. The Fellowship Ministry is responsible for all supplies and equipment to plan and execute related fellowship activities.
Ministry Leaders: Jerry Mergall and Carl Russell
The Media Ministry exists to help facilitate the Sunday morning worship experience. Audio and Video are a vital part of Sunday morning assemblies and the Media Ministry insures quality sound, lighting and video not only for the Praise Team and speakers but for broadcast via the internet.
The Mission’s Ministry exists to oversee and coordinate Central’s mission program. Central has been involved in numerous foreign missions over the years. We currently support Jorge Perez and his family in Venezuela. We have been involved in that work for more than 20 years.
Ministry Leader: Chad Adkins
Small Group life is fundamental at Central. We encourage every person to be involved in a small group. Currently there are nine (9) small groups that meet around the Cocoa, Rockledge, Merritt Island area. Small groups are the place where we get to know each other, share a bit of our lives and encourage each other in our Christian walk."CLICK HERE TO READ MORE"
Ministry Leader: Brenda Adkins
The Children’s Ministry exists to provide our kids with a quality Bible education and opportunities to serve others. The ministry involves teachers, drama coaches, team leaders and special events volunteers to coordinate VBS, fall festivals, holiday events and special projects.
Central’s Youth Ministry program exist to educate and engage the youth of our church. Central has a full time Youth Pastor dedicated to maturing our young people. Bible classes Community service projects and summer mission trips are all a part of Central’s Youth Ministry. "CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION"
Ministry Leader: Crystal Tillotson
Jesus said pray. The Prayer Ministry at Central exists to communicate the prayer needs and requests to the church family. All prayer request by members are e-mailed, texted or phoned to the Ministry Leader who routinely sends out the prayer request via e-mail to engage the church family in prayer.
Ministry Leader: Mick Anderson
Ushering is a wonderful opportunity to minister to members and visitors by way of our attitude. A smile and a gracious greeting is a very warm welcome to church and by giving everyone a heartfelt welcome, we help set the tone of the congregation. Ushering is also a great way to get to know your church family through assisting and serving them on a regular basis. The ministry’s purpose is also to assist the pastor and pastoral staff, to meet, greet and assist visitors and members. "CLICK HERE TO READ MORE"
Ministry Leader: Landon Wells
The WEB Ministry is an important tool in today’s church. The purpose of the WEB Ministry is to build and maintain our web site for advertising and communicating various activities and events for the church. These include live streaming, digital storage of sermons, updating web pages and procuring and utilizing state of the art software and hardware.
Ministry Leader: Monty Cox
The Facilities Ministry is responsible for repairs, maintenance, landscaping, and operation of the the church’s facilities. The purpose of this ministry is to maintain our facilities and grounds for the enjoyment and comfort of our members and visitors. Our building and grounds are the first impression our guests have of us
The Women’s Ministry exists to connect the ladies of our church. Ladies special Bible classes, small groups, retreats and social events for women are all a part of Central’s “Women In the Word”.
Ministry Leaders: Fred and Cindy Shutz
Westminster Asbury is a low income independent living facility in Cocoa. Central conducts a worship service there each Sunday at 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The worship includes a praise team for the music, prayers and preaching. The purpose of this ministry is to communicate Jesus to the seniors of Asbury through preaching, teaching, worship and fellowship.
Ministry Leaders: Jason and Mardy
The Spanish Ministry began in 2014. The Spanish chapel is located directly underneath the auditorium. They meet on Sundays at 10:30 AM for worship and various other times during the week. The purpose of the Spanish Ministry is to reach the Hispanic population in Cocoa with the news of Jesus.
Just sign up for Central 101 in the foyer. Central 101 is our introduction class for people who are considering being members. Central 101 will tell you all about the Central family and give you the opportunity to get all your questions answered. The classes are on Sunday mornings during Sunday school time in room 104 across from Don's office and runs four consecutive weeks. Questions or need ore information call the church office at 636-7671.
What to expect - Worship Service
Worship begins at 10:15 am on Sunday Morning. At Central we have a Praise Band that will lead the worship service. Worship Service typically consists of 3 or 4 songs, communion, 1 song, relase of children for childrens church, 1 song, the Message, and 1 or 2 songs to close out the service. At Central we take part in the Fellowship of Communion on the first day of every week. Communion will be passed around the auditorium by those who are serving for the month. We do not 'pass the plate' but instead have boxes located throughtout the facility for our members to leave their contribution in. We do not expect visitors to contribute to this collection but we do ask all visitors to leave a visitor card which can be found in the back or the pew in front of you, in one of the boxes or give it to any member of the church. If you are a first time visitor please visit the kiosk in the foyer for a special gift.
Bible Study begins at 9 am on Sunday Morning and runs for about 45 minutes. There are numerous bible study classes going on at any given time. Beginning in February all Sunday Morning Bible Classes will be devoted to our trek through 40 Days In The Word. On a typical Sunday morning there are numerous different classes that you can attend. Eveything from cradle roll to youth to college to adult classes. Check the Bible Classes section of the website for exact accomodations.
Sometimes referred to as Donut Hour, this time is devoted to meeting and greeting before worship service begins. Join us in the followship room for coffee, donuts, pastries, and sometimes biscuits and gravy between Bible Class and Worship. This fellowship time gives the members a chance to meet and greet any visitors for the day.
Title: Four Is Enough
Author: Don Adkins
Date: January 11th, 2015
Title: The Roar Of The Lord
Date: January 04th, 2015