everWelcome to the Central Presbyterian Church website! We are glad that you have found us! As you explore this site, you will find a lot of information about our congregation. I welcome you to connect with us in any way that suits you. Among the possible connections, you can:

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  • read our weekly Staff Blog (in the box to the left)

May Christ enrich your life with all God’s grace! –Rev. Don Steele, Senior


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I recently watched an interview that Sam Jones did with Ethan Hawke. The hour long conversation covered many big life questions and pursuits of why we do the things we do. Needless to say, I recorded it and watched it 3 more times. Hawke recently did a documentary on Seymour Bernstein, a beloved piano teacher in NYC. He produced it not only to show the world Seymour’s wisdom and ability to touch others but also searching for answers and peace in his own life. Hawke said, “Making this documentary gave me an excuse to just be around him.”

Although I have not seen the documentary yet, Ethan Hawke explained in the interview that one day he opened up to Seymour and said, “Seymour, I’m really struggling.” Seymour responded “Good! Good! You might be on to something! What happens when you struggle? You learn.”

I agree, although when you’re going through it it’s no fun. I think the struggle is healthy, wrestling with deeper questions and not becoming satisfied with quick-surfaced answers. We should go deeper – we have to go deeper, explore within ourselves, explore outside of ourselves, and get out of our comfort zones with open hearts and minds.

Compared to many other societies, we live in a pretty privileged place. We’ve worked hard to get here, but it’s easy to become complacent. The young families that come to our church with babies or young children always impress me. What a task that must be in the morning to get everyone together for worship and fellowship on Sunday mornings!  But they are there to learn and grow in their faith, searching for that deeper meaning to life’s difficult questions. So let’s keep the curiosity coming, the quest ongoing and challenge ourselves to go deeper within our faith to further understand our purpose.

-Adam Gilbert


Central Presbyterian Church

70 Maple Street, Summit NJ  07901

Our Mission Statement

By God’s grace and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Central Presbyterian Church seeks to

Engage one another in a transforming and worshipful relationship with Jesus Christ;

Equip disciples for Christian fellowship, growth, and service;

Extend Christ’s love to the world!