Church ready to greet its new downtown Kingman neighbors

Central Church, a four-year old church in Kingman has a new home - the Central Commercial Building downtown. After several months of negotiations with the city over the use of the building, this church community has finally acquired the meeting space it was seeking.

"Central Kingman," as it is known by its congregants, is one of several locations of the much larger Central Christian Church in the Las Vegas Valley. Though the Kingman location is relatively new, the Las Vegas church has been around for more than 50 years and draws a large crowd at its original location in Henderson. Central Christian has nine physical locations and a vibrant online community.

We are thrilled to finally have access to the Central Commercial Building. We look forward to being a great neighbor and helping to be part of a great renewal in the downtown community.

The Kingman City Council voted unanimously at its Feb. 2 meeting to grant the church the conditional use permit it was seeking. The church now plans to construct some children's classrooms inside the building, install a new sound system and make the building ready for its people.

"We expect Central to be a huge blessing to all of Kingman and to serve the needs of the community as needed," stated Mike Bodine, one of the senior leaders of Central's church movement. "Central is a different kind of church. It's a place where it's OK to not be OK. And our heart is to be a church community that meets the needs of the people. We are really excited to have a home in Kingman."

The church expects to take at least a couple of months to get the building ready but then expects to hold Sunday morning services and other meetings during the week.

Central Kingman had been meeting at Lee Williams High School for the last three years.

"It's hard to state how thankful we are for Lee Williams High School. They have been so gracious and so hospitable," said Bo Sena, a Central leader and lifelong Kingman resident.

Until the move-in at the Central Commercial Building, the church will continue to meet at Lee Williams High School at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. Central Kingman is also looking forward to a huge Easter celebration in March with the theme "Alive Again." Details about the church can be followed at www.centralonline.tv/kingman.

Bret Johnson is the Kingman Campus Pastor for Central Christian Church.