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Happy familyDear Friend,

Thank you for visiting us online. Please accept our warm invitation to also visit us in person. We would be honored to meet you and worship the Lord with you.

We understand that visiting any church for the first time can be an awkward experience. Well, we would like to put you at ease. At Central Baptist we welcome and love each guest as a part of our growing family.

We want you to feel “at home” while experiencing uplifting music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people and more. To help make your visit more comfortable we have provided some answers to common questions people ask before visiting our church.

We look forward to meeting you soon!


Your Friends at Central Baptist Church

When/where are your services?


9:00am All-ages Bible Classes (Sunday School)

10:00am AM Worship Service

5:00pm Family Bible Hour


6:45pm Master Club (ages 3-12)

7:00pm Midweek Bible Study


2323 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705

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 What do you believe?

Check out a summary of our beliefs here.

What Should I expect on my first visit?

As a young, growing church we value our friendly, family-oriented  atmosphere.  A friendly and helpful usher will greet you when you arrive at our campus. The usher will escort you to our Welcome Center where you can enjoy fresh coffee and refreshments before the service begins.

During the service you will enjoy singing wonderful time-tested hymns. The focus of our worship is a clear, practical, and inspiring Bible message from Pastor Gehlken. The service is a  little more than an hour in length and you are invited to connect with new friends in our Welcome Center before and after each  service.

If you have any questions during your visit please feel free to ask any usher or Pastor Gehlken.

Where do I take my children?

Starting with loving, safe, and clean nurseries, youth ministry is very important at Central Baptist Church. Children twelve and under enjoy a fun, Bible-centered class during the Sunday AM Worship Service, Age-targeted Sunday School Classes, and a challenging Master Club on Thursday nights.

As a young church, we have unlimited vision to equip our young people with the skills they need to succeed in the Christian life. We believe ministering to youth is the cornerstone of building healthy and happy Christian homes of tomorrow. We offer age-targeted youth classes and activities, and partner with other churches of like-faith to provide camps and other faith-building adventures.

How should I dress?

We do not have a dress code for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress – the men in a dress shirt and dress slacks, typically with a tie, and the women in modest dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable during your visit here at Central Baptist!

Who is Pastor Gehlken?

Pastor Aaron Gehlken started Central Baptist Church in 2009 after serving as a military officer and owning his own consulting firm. Read more about Pastor Gehlken.

Am I Expected to Participate in the Offering?

No. We don’t invite you to Central Baptist Church for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God’s Word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.

Other questions?

If we’ve missed something on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you’re new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Central Baptist will be awesome! We exist to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward to meeting you personally. We hope you’ll feel right at home from the very first moment you step into our facility! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!