Central Presbyterian Church is a socially and theological progressive Christian community located mid-town, Kansas City, MO. We are a small congregation with a large mission impact and a wide geographic reach. For many years the metro area’s only Presbyterian congregation that welcomed and affirmed persons who were LGBTQ, Central meets you where you are and strives to see the image of God in each person. All are truly welcome here.



TRANSITIONAL PASTOR

Welcome Reverend Jeff Light!

The ink on Rev. Heidi Peterson’s resignation had barely dried when the Committee on Ministry forwarded an email with a resume attached to the Transition Team, the first of nearly 40 resumes reviewed during the search. Yes, Jeff’s resume reached us first and lasted through the long vetting process. To think the Team could have stopped there and hired Jeff immediately would have eliminated many meetings and some angst but would have failed the intent of the process: to be still and listen for the quiet word of God guiding Central.

Although the formal duties of the Transition Team have ended, we will still work closely with Jeff in the coming months to ensure a smooth start to his call at Central. Again, many thanks for all your prayers over the last seven months and the trust you placed in the Team. We’re especially grateful for the assistance of Rev. Becky Chamberlain and Marge Eckhardt, our COM representatives, Session, the congregation, and other Friends of Central who supported, prayed, and provided much insight as we worked to find the best match for our church at this point in its journey.

Jeff will begin his service on January 3, 2022 and we look forward to working with him to discern God’s next plan for Central. His bio is included below:

Jeff Light is a third-generation Presbyterian minister. He grew up in Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Washburn University and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Jeff served churches in Joplin, Missouri, Lake City, Colorado, Lawrence, Kansas, and Oskaloosa, Kansas. He also served as Guest Relations Director at Heartland Presbyterian Center. In addition to pastoral work, Jeff has been a Leadership and Talent Development Manager for Sprint, IBM, and most recently the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Jeff has two adult children. Rev. Jessie Light-Wells is the Presbyterian UKirk Campus Minister at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her husband Zach is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Josh Light is a stage manager living in Chicago, IL. Jeff also has a rescue Border Collie named Dobby.

Jeff is an active runner (Marathons and triathlons), hiker, and reader and sings (bass) in the Heartland Men’s Chorus. He lives in Mission, Kansas.


ACCESSIBILITY

All levels of our building are accessible by elevator (at the Campbell Street entrance)or a 4-step chair lift. Handicapped parking spaces are located next to the building on the west side of the parking lot. Several of our restrooms are all gender. A diaper changing station is located in the unisex restroom off the dining room.

 

VISIT US

As faithful community and world citizens, in-person worship services have begun again with masks required of everyone entering the building for business or worship.

We will live-stream a service at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday on Facebook with a direct link to it posted at the top of this site’s homepage. (You do not have to have a Facebook account to use this link. The service is saved if you wish to view it at a different time.)

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for worship.  Our social hour afterward has been temporarily suspended due to pandemic precautions.  The adult forum meets at 9:00 a.m.

We are located at:
3501 Campbell St.
Kansas City, MO 64109


SERVICES

We gather at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning to worship through prayer and music, through the hearing of God’s Word and the celebration of sacraments.

We follow a traditional order of service, grounded in the Reformed tradition, with a progressive Christian interpretation. Here’s what you may expect:

  • Central Church is reflective of the diversity of our world. All are welcome to participate fully in the worship life.
  • We use a bulletin (program) that provides the information we need know what is coming next in the order of service.
  • We are enthusiastic about sharing “the peace of God”, or greeting one another during worship.
  • In our readings and in our prayers, we use language that is inclusive. We draw upon diverse images offered by Scripture to speak about God.
  • There is no dress code requirement. We welcome people as they are.

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