Central Baptist Church
We have been in existence since 1996 where we began as a group of people meeting in a home for Bible studies through the leadership of Woodriver Baptist Church of Woodriver, Illinois. We later built our current building and organized on September 18th 2010 as a local Church under the leadership of First Baptist Church in Sullivan MO.
In June 2013 We call Bro. Joshua Hargis as pastor. Because of the need for financial stability we chose to ask Faith Baptist Church in Greenwood Indiana to help us in this need by being our Sponsoring church. They help provide our Pastor with a salary while CBC is in her rebuilding phase. As of January 2016 Central Baptist is 60% self supporting which means we hope to be financially secure some time this year. We "restarted" on the first Sunday of January 2014. We are a church that preaches and teaches the whole counsel of the Bible. For more information, click the tab "What we believe".
The Hargis Family
Joshua and Alicia Hargis met at a wedding of mutual friends. Alicia was a Bride's maid and Joshua was the Best man. They were married in the September of 2010. They served God in the ministry at Faith Baptist Church of Greenwood Indiana until moving to Illinois to minister to the people of CBC.
Josh grew up in a rural part of central Indiana, raised on a farm and taught the values of a hard working family man. His parents raised him and his sister in a God fearing home and church. He accepted Christ as Savior at age 8. Josh worked in the family business after high school. Soon after Josh's and Alicia's wedding he became the Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. In Josh's early teen years he knew that God had a purpose for him. It was through the ministry at Faith BC that Josh knew that God wanted him to be a Pastor. Joshua studied Doctrine at West Tennessee Bible Institute and studied ministry fundamentals under his Pastor and friend Steve Maxie, Pastor of Faith BC.
Alicia grew up in the extreme rural Allegheny area of Pennsylvania on a dirt road. Alicia was also raised in a strong Christian home and asked Jesus into her life at the age of six. Alicia graduated from a Baptist high school and attended Cedarville University, a small Baptist college in Cedarville, OH where she studied social work and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree. She has used her talents in mental health case management, working with children as young as 5. She has a strong desire to follow God and continue using her talents to reach those who are lost and help them find healing both mentally and spiritually. Alicia is currently a stay at home mother of their daughter and son, Elliana and Adrian.
Elliana Jeanette was born August 19, 2013. She loves playing with her toys and babbling for long periods of time. She is learning something new every day.
Adrian Joshua was born December 6, 2015. He is growing and changing every day. What joy this little guy has brought to the Hargis's house.
Together the Hargis family is excited to serve the Lord in St. Jacob Illinois.
Isaiah 61:1 - The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;