Celebrating 150 Years in Honor of our Past, Present and Future

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 or watch videos of our worship services online
  • follow 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. We also broadcast our WAVE services and TV show Chaos to Calm during the following time slots: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00 p.m; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; and Sundays at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
  • participate in any of our ministries
  • worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.) or select Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. at WAVE
  • watch our Parish Associate, Rev. Noelle Kirchner, in her parenting TV series, Chaos to Calm
  • read our weekly Staff Blog (below)

As part of our music ministry, we have recently launched the Central Arts Academy, a music school open to the public.  Click here to visit their website.

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


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Staff Blog

by Rev. Don Steele


I started to watch an intriguing television series created and produced by a young man who, years ago, was in a senior high youth group that I led. “Counterpart” is the name of the show, and the premise of the show is that there are two, parallel worlds that have very little contact with each other. Each character has a “counterpart” in the parallel world, and in the first episode, the main character meets his “counterpart.” In many ways, they have almost everything in common—the same genetics, the same families, the same experiences, and yet they are not the same people. One’s highly successful and self-confident while the other has struggled in life and is more self-effacing. For some reason, their lives took completely different trajectories. I am guessing that I’ll find out more about what exactly caused their divergence as I keep watching, but it already got me thinking. What happens to us that makes us to be the people we end up being? How do our reactions to things that happen change the trajectory of our lives?

In the New Testament book of First John, it is an encounter with Jesus that changes the trajectory of the life of the person who wrote the book. And in the course of the book, the writer describes what kind of person he ends up being because of this encounter. This Sunday, I am beginning a sermon series based on First John. “Faith with Feet” is what I am calling the series, and the place it all starts is to ask if you have had an encounter with Jesus—not with Christian doctrine and not with the Church—but an encounter with the living Jesus, because it is that encounter that is fundamental, it seems to me, to being a Christian. How has that encounter changed the trajectory of your life? What kind of person are you becoming because Jesus is in your life?






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!