About Central Baptist Church

Welcome to Central Baptist Church! Whether you’re getting to know us for the first time, or if you’ve been around awhile and are ready to get more connected, we couldn’t be more excited to help you out. We encourage you to make plans to join us during a weekend and experience for yourself what God is doing in the lives of the people of Central Baptist Church. If it’s your first time visiting Central, please know that we are thrilled to have you! Stop by our welcome center on the way into the church auditorium to receive a special gift from our church.

Our Services

    • Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.
    • Sunday Morning Service – 10:30 a.m.*
    • Sunday Evening – 6:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday – 7:00 p.m.

    *Service is interpreted for deaf.

Directions to Central Baptist Church

From the West
• Take 84 East
• Exit 31 onto Rte 229/West Stree
• Take left at end of Exit
• Go approximately 1 mile and the church is on right hand side just after Spring Street.

From the East
• Take 84 West
• Exit 31 onto Rte 229/West Street
• Take right at end of Exit
• Go approximately 1 mile and the church is on right hand side just after Spring Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 860-621-6701
Email: mail@centralbaptistchurch.net

1505 West Street
Southington, CT 06489
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Meet our Leadership

Pastor Jim Townsley

Jim Townsley


Pastor Jim Townsley and his wife Janet, upon graduation from college in 1975, founded Central Baptist Church in Southington, CT. Under his leadership the church began Central Christian Academy in 1984, New England School of the Bible in 1992 and New England Baptist College in 2004. Today several buildings grace the campus situated on eighteen acres in with wonderful community of Southington. Pastor Townsley is the author of several books and a leader in church planting, holding conferences nationwide. 

Joel Boyle


Pastor Joel Boyle grew up in a pastor’s home in western North Carolina. He was saved at a young age, and he submitted to the call to preach in the year 2000. He was one of the first students to attend New England Baptist College where he completed his ministry training. God has blessed him with a wonderful wife, Sarah, and four children. 

Pastor Jared Petrie

Jared Petrie

Assistant Pastor

Bro. Petrie grew up in a Christian home in Saratoga Springs, New York and was saved at a young age. Jared then came to New England Baptist College where he met and married his wife, Anna. They have two children and are involved in many areas of practical Church ministry as they help believers to build their lives upon God’s Word!

Pastor Jared Petrie

Chris Pantaleo

Music Director

Bro. Chris Pantaleo is the Music Director at Central Baptist Church. Chris grew up in the South and attended Pensacola Christian College where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education. He has also completed a MA in choral conducting at PCC where he met his wife, Brandy. They have two children.


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