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Welcome from the Pastor & Staff

Central is a “Great Commission” church. We take seriously the calling to spread the good news not only around the world but right here in Texarkana. We are a church that is involved in our community and schools.  Our desire is to be a positive influence throughout our community, city, state, nation and world.

Thank you for visiting our website.  Remember, you will always receive a warm & friendly welcome at Central.  If you’re looking for a place to worship, check out our service schedule and join us as we celebrate together the goodness of the Lord.




Our Men's Ministry theme comes from Ephesians 5:1, "Be imitators of God."  


Men’s Bible Study meets every Friday morning @6:00am.


Our Women’s Ministry seeks to reach out and encourage women in our church, community and world for Christ. 


Christian Ladies Fellowship meets the second Monday of every month starting at @6:30pm.


The Student Ministry aims to give students the tools they need to succeed as followers of Christ in this crazy world.


Student Bible Studies are held every Sunday morning & evening. And the Battle Bible Study on Wednesday @6:00pm.


The goal of our Children’s Ministry is to reach boys & girls with the gospel of Christ; teaching them to know, love & serve Him.


We offer Children’s Bible Studies every Sunday morning & evening. And Awana every Wednesday @6:00pm.

Meet the Pastor & Staff

Senior Pastor

Phillip Dunn

Bro. Phillip became pastor of Central in April 2006.  

He has served on various church staff since 1973.


He earned his bachelor degrees in Music Education and Elementary Education from East Texas State University, Commerce (now Texas A&M); Masters of Religious Education, from Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, GA and Doctor of Divinity from Masters International School of Divinity, Evansville, IN.


Bro. Phillip and his wife Vickie have two grown children, Chris and Kori and one grandson, Landon.


Bro. Phillip loves the Lord.  He spends time each week visiting with those who have visited Central, those who are not attending church and with each visit, he shares the good news of Jesus Christ.


He and Vickie love living in Texarkana and feel so blessed to serve a loving, caring church such as Central.

Worship & Children’s Pastor

Scott McDonald

Scott has been serving at Central since 2011.

He has served in ministry since 1995 at various churches in Oklahoma, Texas & Arkansas.


Scott and his wife, Janan, enjoy raising their six beautiful children to know, love and serve the Lord, while at the same time encouraging other parents to do the same.


Scott holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master's in Theology from Master's International University of Divinity. He also holds certificates of completion for training in Biblical counseling.


Scott enjoys computer science and woodworking, but his favorite thing to do in ministry is sharing the message of salvation with children & adults who have never heard.

Student Minister

Rebecca Watts

Coffee lover, traveler, dreamer, and lover of people are just four ways we would describe Rebecca Watts.


A May 2011 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and a minor in Christian Studies, Rebecca joined our staff in June of 2011 as our student minister.


Rebecca has also worked with students and children at First Baptist Church Crofton, MD, First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, AR and Joyce City Baptist Church in Smackover, AR.


Rebecca is also an Assistant Editor at Bogard Press and a dance instructor at All Rhythm Dance Alley. When not working Rebecca enjoys food, going to the movies and spending time with friends and family.

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Columbus

Stephanie has been serving at Central since 2014.


Stephanie is a native of the Texarkana area. She has been married to her beloved husband, Steve, for 24 years.


Along with her administrative duties, Stephanie is also a devoted member of Central. She is a tremendous asset to the staff-team at Central.

Service Times & Location


9:45 AM

10:45 AM

5:30 PM



5:30 PM

6:00 PM

6:00 PM

6:30 PM

  —  Sunday Morning Bible Study

  —  Morning Worship Service

  —  Evening Bible Studies



  —  Manna Ministry Meal

  —  “Awana” - Children’s Ministry

  —  “Battle” - Student Ministry

  —  “Refreshed” - Adult Bible Study


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