Welcome to Central

If you are new to Central, you're our honored guest.

Attending a new place can be a little unsettling. We get it.  We want you to feel comfortable and connect with you, so here's more information about Central and what you can expect.

Every Sunday You Will Find…

A Friendly Welcome

There are smiling faces to greet you at the door. Our volunteers are here to welcome you, answer  questions, and guide you.

A Personal Connection

Stop by our New Here/ Next Steps – welcome desk. We have a packet for you and people to help you navigate our campus.

Engaging Worship

Our Worship team band will lead you through songs and hymns as we exalt Jesus Christ together to bring Him praise and glory. 

Bible Teaching 

Our pastor uses the Bible as his text. You can expect biblically based teaching with everyday applications. Sermons are also streamed online.

Life Groups

This the best way to connect at Central. They meet on Sundays and throughout the week. There are adult groups for every season of life.

Casual Dress

Most people wear casual attire, but please wear whatever makes you comfortable. We welcome you to worship Christ with us. 

Children & Students Groups

There is preschool and kids classes offered during both worship times. For teenagers, Student Connect meets Sundays at 9:00AM.

Opportunities to Serve

There are many options, i.e., praying for others, helping our community, going to the  world, and giving to God's work. 

A Place to Help Change the World

You are invited to join us in our mission to help build God's Kingdom through the life-giving and life-changing person of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Ed Rose

Ed has served as lead pastor of Central since March of 2000. A native from Seaboard, NC, he received a  Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Campbell University Divinity School. He and his wife Christy have three children - Daniel (wife Hunter) , T.W., and Hannah Grace.

Our Essential Beliefs

About GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)


Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again some day to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

(Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13))

About the  HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25)

About the BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth and authority for Christian beliefs and living.

(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)


People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)


Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.

(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)


Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

(John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)


People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

(John 3:16, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46)

Our History

Our roots began over 100 years ago in 1915. A small group of people began meeting to study God's Word, pray for one another, and worship Christ together at the Marshburn Hill School. They grew and organized as Central Baptist Church in 1925 and they purchased the Marshburn Hill School from the county. The founders chose the name because the property was a central location in the community. In 1968, the church acquired our current location and continued to grow. Today Central is still a house of prayer and God's Word. It is a great place to meet Jesus Christ and worship Him. We invite you to join us in our story. Here you can grow spiritually, be a part of a church family, and raise your family. You can practice being a blessing to others for God's glory and help build God's kingdom by tellings others about forgiveness of sin and a new forever life in Jesus.

Our Affiliations

Central is autonomous (self-governing) local church that voluntarily chooses to cooperate with the following entities for the purpose of missions, evangelizing and discipleship.
  • We partner with the ACN (Advance Church Network) to support other local churches in the Raleigh Area.
  • We partner with the RBA (Raleigh Baptist Association) to reach the triangle area with the Gospel.
  • We partner with the BSCNC (Baptist State Convention of NC) to impact lostness through making disciples of Jesus across our state.
  • We partner with SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) to extend God’s grace to North America & the Nations.
◦ North American Mission Board
◦ International Mission Board
We partner with several other missionaries & ministries both locally and globally for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus and ministering to people in need.
• First Priority
• Choose Pregnancy Center – Knightdale
• NC Disaster Relief
• Baptist Children’s Home of NC
• Independent Baptist Missions of Asia – Philippines
• Grace Baptist Church - Cambodia