Welcome 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:

  • listen to podcasts of our worship services online
  • follow us through Twitter or “friend” us through Facebook or sign up to receive a weekly update from us by email
  • watch live broadcasts of our worship services on local cable TV, Channel 33 on Verizon FIOS, and Channel 36 on Comcast Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with a re-broadcast at noon.
  • participate in any of our ministries
  • worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m., with WAVE at 11:15 a.m.)
  • read our weekly Staff Blog (below)

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


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Staff Blog don


…and the livin’ is easy.” Or so goes the classic Gershwin lyric. And while it might not be exactly true that living is easy during the summer, in my life, it surely is different. There are different activities, a different pace.

Here at Central Church, things are different. Many of us are away on any given weekend, with the result being that the pews seem to be more empty than during the rest of the year. The choir takes a break, and we have all the children together for Sunday School. There is Vacation Bible School, June 29-July 3 with our brothers and sisters from Fountain Baptist and Wallace Chapel AME Zion. Our senior highs go on their mission trip, July 4-11. The 8:30 service moves outside to our lovely Cloister Garden, while the WAVE service also moves outside to the Maple Street lawn for 4 Sunday evenings (July 12, 26, August 16, 30 at 5:30 pm) with a full picnic and neighbors dropping by, while all of our worship services take on a more informal tone, including a relaxed dress code, even in our air conditioned Sanctuary at 10.

When I first came out of seminary, I almost fought against the differences of summertime, believing that the church should not take a vacation. However, over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the summertime, understanding that we are not taking a vacation from being Christ’s followers, but that we are simply following in different ways, in different places sometimes, with different practices. And different is not a bad thing at all. Indeed, different provides the variety that makes life interesting.

Watch for new blogs in this space in September. In the meantime, enjoy your summertime livin’!


Pastor Don Steele


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!