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What We Believe

 
 

What We Believe Scripture Says

Before you decide to become a member of any local church, you need to know what the church  believes theologically. The following is a brief explanation of Central’s core beliefs. All of our beliefs are taken directly from Scripture.

  • The Bible – The Bible is the Word of God. We believe that it is God’s revelation of Himself to man. We believe that God is the author and that He divinely inspired human writers to write down His thoughts. We believe the Bible points to Jesus in its entirety.  We believe the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts and has been divinely kept through human translation throughout history. We believe the Bible is sufficient and contains all we need to know about Jesus. (Exodus 24:4; Jeremiah 15:16; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
 
  • God – We believe that there is one God and He exist in three persons called the Trinity. The three persons of the Trinity are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons are all equally God, but have different roles. (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:16)
 
  • Man – Man is a special creation of God. He made man different from the rest of creation in that He created man in His own image. He created male and female, thus gender is a gift from God. In the beginning man was innocent of sin, but man made a choice to sin against God. Now all of creation is cursed because of the original sin. We believe because God made man in His image that all human beings possess full dignity and are worthy of respect. (Genesis 1:26-30; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23)
 
  • Salvation – Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.(Genesis 3:15; Romans 10:9-13).      
 
  • The Church – We believe the church is a local body of believers connected by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. These believers have spiritual gifts which work together to fulfill the Great Commission that Jesus has given us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42)
 
  • Baptism – We believe that baptism is something that believers do in an act of obedience. Baptism symbolizes the believer’s faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. We believe that baptism is by immersion and that one must be baptized before becoming a member of the local church. (Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:41-42)
 
  • The Lord’s Supper – We believe the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act where members of the local church break bread together to memorialize the death of our Lord and Savior and to anticipate His second coming.(Matthew 26:26-30; 1st Corinthians 10:16-21)
 
  • Last Things – God in His own time and own way will bring this world to its end. Jesus has promised to return personally and visibly. The dead will be raised and all men will be judged in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell forever. The righteous will receive their resurrected bodies and will dwell with Christ forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelation 20:11-15)
 
  • Marriage – We believe marriage is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. We believe that a husband and wife are equal before God in their perspective roles. We believe a husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church. We believe a wife is to submit to her husband as the Church submits to Christ. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Matthew 9:3-9; Ephesians 5:21-33)

 

This doctrinal statement was adapted from The Baptist Faith and Message 2000. You can read the message in full at the Southern Baptist Convention’s website:

 
 
 
 

About Our Leadership

 
 

Steven Prinz, Student Pastor

 
 
Steven is our student pastor at Central. His passion is reaching young people and helping them understand the purpose they have in Christ by helping them see their calling through God’s Word. By becoming disciples that honor Christ, they can in turn become the fishers of men they were called to be. Steven also has a passion for reaching families by helping build strong marriages. Him and his wife, Brittany, have been serving Central faithfully since 2017.
 
Steven earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Resource Management from Ashford University in 2014, his M.B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Ashford in 2016 and his Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019. Steven is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Liberty University.
 
Steven enjoys fishing, hunting, kayaking, camping and spending time with his wife and 3 children. His life verse is Acts 20:24, “But I consider my life of no value to myself; my purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace
 
 
Contact Steven at Steven Prinz 
 
 
 
 
Justin Garrett, Worship Pastor
 
 
 
Justin was born and raised in Chesnee, SC. He received a BA degree from North Greenville University in Church Music Praise and Worship.
 
Justin enjoys cutting grass with his daughter. He also enjoys the Saturdays where he can spend the day with his family, whether at home being lazy or out on an adventure. He enjoys a round of golf when he gets the chance and finds satisfaction in fishing…though he has only successfully caught one fish in his life! We’re thankful that Justin is much better at being a fisher of men than an actual fisherman. Justin doesn’t get much time to refine his golf swing or fishing techniques since he is the head chef of his family. Justin cooks about every meal for their family and loves doing it!
 
My favorite thing about worship ministry is watching those on the worship team and in the congregation transition from singing songs in a worship service to fully connecting with a living Savior that died for them, loves them, and wants to know them. You can see and feel the difference when the hearts in the room begin to connect with God.
 
 
 
 
Bo Medley, Executive Pastor
 
     
 
Bo is our executive pastor at Central Baptist Church. His role is to oversee the different ministries and committees we have here at the church. Prior to coming onto staff here, Bo served as Central’s chairman of deacons before feeling God’s call into bi-vocational ministry. Bo and his wife, Monica, have been serving Central since 2018.
 
Bo earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina in 1998 and is currently pursuing his Master of Ministry in Christian Studies from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina.
 
Bo and his wife are proud parents of CC and Gage.
 
 
 
 
 
Carol Baca, Administrative Assistant
 
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Carol is the warm welcoming voice you will hear when you call our church.  She has a heart for ministry and has served Central since 2007.  She is very helpful in assisting our pastors in their ministries. She loves the Lord with all her heart and enjoys serving Him in whatever He leads her to do. She is a graduate from Spartanburg Community College in Computer Science and Business.  Her favorite Bible verse is John 14:1-3, ” Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  Contact Carol at Carol Hyatt