In the past years, the neighborhoods around the church building suffered from interstate construction, neglect, and the migration of families to the developing suburbs. Many of Central's families continued to worship here, even if they lived further away. Revitalization is bringing new life to inner city neighborhood, but the community needs are still here. Twenty-one senior pastors have served at Central during this time. Click here to see a list of our past and present Senior Pastors.
The church building is used regularly by community organizations, and Central's members are active in urban ministries. On November 5, 2005, the church building was recognized as worthy of preservation and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Listing in the National Register honors a historic place by recognizing its importance to its community, state or the nation.
The church's history was detailed in A History of Central United Methodist Church, written by Ottalee Smith Winegar in 1984. This volume, other church records, historical items, and memorabilia can be found in the archives room.