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100 Years in Bradenton

Central Church of Christ Congregation in 1919 - they met in a two-story house on the southwest corner of what is now 6th AV and 9th ST.

Central Church of Christ Congregation in 1919 - they met in a two-story house on the southwest corner of what is now 6th AV and 9th ST.

 
Original Worship House  Southwest corner of 6th Ave. and 9th Street

Original Worship House

Southwest corner of 6th Ave. and 9th Street

1920 location: the Carnegie Library

1920 location: the Carnegie Library

 
Bradenton Women’s Club

Bradenton Women’s Club

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It all started when…

a preacher and church organizer named Rev. W. B. Young moved to Bradenton from Kentucky. Realizing there were other Disciples of Christ members in the area, he assisted a group of approximately 20 people into organizing our congregation.

The new church was chartered “Central Church of Christ” on September 7, 1919

In 1920 the name was changed to “Central Christian Church” to more readily identify it as a Disciples congregation. Rev. Young left and the church was struggling financially. They decided to sell the home and conducted services in the basement of the Carnegie Library.

In 1922 under new leadership of Rev. O. E. Seeburg, two lots were purchased on 4th Ave. near 8th Street.

 

In 1924, Central Christian called its first salaried pastor, Rev. Charles E. Powell. Under Rev. Powell they outgrew their space and began conducting services at the Bradenton Women’s Club.

In 136 a two-story home was purchased at 926 15th ST West. It was refurbished into a worship space and classrooms under the leadership of Rev. N. W. Jessup.

In 1939 the church called its first full-time pastor, Rev. J. W. Shelburn.

 
What the original location looks like today. Current home of Heinz & Becker law firm.

What the original location looks like today. Current home of Heinz & Becker law firm.

4th Street Chapel

4th Street Chapel

 
15th ST West worship house

15th ST West worship house

1940 Christian Women’s Fellowship

1940 Christian Women’s Fellowship