A painting of the building located on Liberty Street. Central Christian experienced great growth at this location until it burned down in 1934.
Central Christian Church is an historic church celebrating 200 years of ministry located in the heart of downtown Danbury.
Originally known as Church of Christ (Disciples), Central Christian Church was founded in 1817 by two families - the Osborne and Wildeman’s. Having originally met in the Osborne family home, our building on West Street is Central Christian's fourth meeting location. Previously located on Liberty Street, the church grew and thrived. Sadly, in February of 1934 as the youth began to gather for their 6pm Sunday Service, the church caught fire and burned to the ground. Just two years later our current building was dedicated and in its walls contain the original cornerstone of the Liberty Street church.
Central Christian Church is one of three founding churches in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) movement which included the Brush Run Church in Washington County, Pennsylvania, The New York City Church (now known as Park Avenue Christian Church) and Central Christian.
In 1944, Central Christian became aligned with a second denomination - the American Baptist Church - after a local Baptist church disbanded and it’s 96 members formally united with Central Christian.
We have a storied legacy of a vibrant ministry here at Central. Many strong lay leaders and devoted members are responsible for this church’s proud past. Throughout its history, Central Christian Church has focused on Evangelism, world outreach through missionaries, education, social action, and youth - all of which continue today.
Here at Central Christian there is no requirement that members ascribe to a particular doctrine or theology. We believe that each Christian is called to their own faith journey. We simply observe two New Testament ordinances: communion and baptism. One proud tradition of the church is that communion is served every Sunday morning. We strongly believe that everyone is always welcome at the table of Jesus Christ and this table fellowship has never been missed in our 199-year history.
Central Christian is proud of it's vibrant and impactful history and looks forward to entering it's third century of ministry sharing God's love and embodying Christ's teaching's. We hope you will join us move forward together.