Leadership Team:

At C3 our leadership team includes staff and elders. Together we recognize the authority of God, and realize that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the living Word of God. Our unified passion is to equip believers for the work of the ministry in our community as we grow and mature as disciples in the fullness of Christ.
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James Sones, Lead Pastor – James and his family became members at Central in August, 2015.  James and his wife/best friend, Erika, have three children (Lydia, Josef, and Luke).  He has a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelors in History from SBU.  His prayer for Central Christian Church is that together we know God more, grow in the likeness of Christ, love one another, and see more people come to know and share in our love for Jesus.


Pete Smith, Involvement Pastor – Pete joined the staff at Central in July of 2003. He earned a BS in Bible & Educational Ministry from Manhattan Christian College and a Masters in Family Therapy from Friends University. Pete and his wife Lisa have 4 children (Noah, Asher, Brielle and Judson). Pete enjoys roasting coffee, coaching soccer and reading in his spare time. 



Youth Pastor – We are currently searching for our next Youth Pastor.  For more informtion, or to apply, click here.


Jessica Young, Children’s Pastor – Jessica is the Children’s Pastor on staff at Central. Jessica graduated in May 2004 with a Bachelors in Christian Education and a certificate in Day Care Administration from Ozark Christian College.She has worked in Children’s ministry since 2004 and has been here at C3 since 2009. Jessica is married to husband Dylan. In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking, playing tennis, movies and reading.


Vicki Palmer, Administrative Assistant – Vicki has been on staff here at Central in the role of Administrative assistant since 2000. She is married to husband Steven. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys scrap-booking and spending time with her 8 grandchildren.
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Al Purtek, Director of Internal Sanitation –
Chad Beauford, Worship Leader –