Weakley County Baptist Association
Sunday, April 14, 2024
A Family of Churches


Central Baptist Church
801 Harrison Road
Martin, TN  38237
(731) 587-5311
Pastor: Kylan Mann
146 Dogwood Lane
Martin, TN  38237


On May 7, 1922, with Lloyd T. Wilson of Nashville, Tennessee acting as Moderator, 100 members of Martin Baptist Church, now First Baptist Church, were granted letters for the purpose of organizing another Baptist Church in Martin, Tennessee.  On Wednesday evening, May 10, 1922, this organization took place in the City High School Auditorium.  Bro. Eugene Ferrell of Hall-Moody College, a Baptist school here, was in charge of the song service; the Rev. Terry Martin conducted the devotional with prayer being led by the Rev. W. A. Butler and special music by Mrs. Beulah Adams, who  sang “Use Me.”  The Rev. T. N. Hale of Dresden, Tennessee preached a sermon on “The New Testament Church.”  The list of 100 members from Martin Baptist Church was read and received in a body and declared to be an independent Baptist Church.  Pendelton’s Church Covenant and Articles of Faith were read and unanimously adopted. 

            Having become a church, the next order of business was the selecting of a name and, without difficulty, the name Central was settled upon.  The doors of the church were then opened and 16 people united with the church by letter from other Baptist Churches and Central has been growing ever since.  The church worshipped in an old tobacco barn on Main Street until January 7, 1923, when they moved into their new site on University Street.  When the Weakley County Baptist Association met that fall, Central sent a request to join, which was granted, thus  becoming a part of the Baptist work in the county and also in the state.

            The church has had a prosperous past and anticipates a promising future. They have had many mountaintop experiences, many difficult and trying times, but  the Lord has used them to draw the church closer to Him.  In the fall of 2008 the church relocated to a site on Sky Hawk Parkway just south of the city which will provide even great opportunities for ministry to the Martin community in the future.

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