The Central United Baptist Church
On the Holden Road, Logan, West Virginia
Organized: November 24, 1951
In 1951 a small band of Christians saw a need for a church at the mouth of Mud Fork, close to the city of Logan. A dedicated group from the Maryetta United Baptist Church at Verdunville joined forces to form the Central United Baptist Church. The orginal "arm" given by Maryetta on November 10, 1951 included James Hensley (deacon), Glenn White, Jr. (clerk), Clyde Bradshaw, A. F. "Gus" McNeil, Edward Payne, Nelson Ayers, Cletis Napier, Raymond Wellman, Herbert Dingess, Betty Napier, Lillie Wellman, Audrey Holt, Edna Napier and Edna Stone.
The property where Central stands was originally intended to be the location of a church under the guidance of Rev. Jeff Curry of Holden. The project was abandoned by Rev. Curry and a short time later, Rev. Harrison F. Maynard made arrangements to acquire the property for the Central United Baptist Church. On November 24, 1951 we held our first business meeting.
When we began holding services, our sanctuary had only the sub-flooring and we sat on rough benches made by some of the men of the church. Through God's leading and the devotion of our pastor and many dedicated soldiers of the Cross, we have been blessed mightily.
Through the years many changes have been made to our church property to make it a beautiful place of worship. The precepts we started with in 1951--our faith in God, our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and our desire to see souls saved--have remained ever constant and unchanging through the years. As our Church Covenant states in part, "We engage by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel...We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior and seek it without delay."
Central United Baptist Church has had two former pastors, Rev. Harrison F. Maynard (November 1951 - June 1957) and Rev. Glenn White (June 22, 1957 - July 2011). Rev. Randy Skeens was elected on November 16, 2011 and is now serving as our Pastor.