Meet Our Staff

Jim Townsley

Co-Pastor

Pastor Townsley and his wife Janet, upon graduation from college in 1975, founded Central Baptist Church. 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 of prime real estate in suburban Hartford County. Pastor Townsley is the author of several books and a leader in church planting, holding conferences nationwide. 

Joel Boyle

Co-Pastor

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. 

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. 

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. Together, they are involved in many areas of practical Church ministry as they help believers to build their lives upon God’s Word!

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