Details for Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ (Atlas Number 5231007776)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5231007776

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Marker Number 7776
Atlas Number 5231007776
Marker Title Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ
Index Entry Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Address 2611 Wesley St.
City Greenville
County Hunt
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 769673
UTM Northing 3670423
Subject Codes Christian (Disciples of Christ) denominations; churches
Marker Year 1989
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text This congregation was organized in 1879 as First Christian Church. Led by Elder James Pickens, a minister from Alabama, the congregation first met in a Union Church on Lee Street. The Rev. T. W. Caskey served as the first regular pastor of the church, and a small frame sanctuary was built on Wesley Street. The name of the congregation was changed to Central Christian Church when the present sanctuary was built in 1898-99. The oldest church structure remaining in Greenville, it was built at a cost of $23,000. An outstanding, robust example of the Gothic revival style of architecture, it features intact towers, art glass windows, and exceptional grill-like brickwork. Throughout its history, this congregation has been an integral part of the community. Central Christian Church members have been instrumental in establishing new churches in town and have maintained both foreign missionary and local outreach programs. Recognizing the need to preserve this church as a local landmark, the congregation began a major restoration project in 1986. It now stands as a fine example of local historic preservation. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1989