Our Story

On January 10, 1909, nine years after Blooming Grove Baptist Church voted to leave the SBC, 33 charter members desiring to be a part of a cooperative mission’s effort, met in order to organize a church affiliated with the Southern baptist Convention. On the 3rd Sunday of October, 1909, Dr. George W. Truett, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX preached the building dedication sermon for the newly founded Central Baptist Church. In 2001, a downtown building was purchased to serve as a youth center. The Lion’s Den was opened September, 2002. 

About Our Faith

We are a Southern Baptist church holding the distinctive doctrines Baptists have held for centuries. Since we believe that the Bible is our final authority, we give our allegiance to the Bible over any denomination or tradition. We believe that the Bible is inspired of God and therefore is the final authority for faith and practice (2 Peter 1:3, 20-21), that the Word of God is completely profitable to teach us (2 Timothy 3:16), and that God’s Word is settled forever in Heaven (Psalm 119:89)


Senior Pastor - Dr. Darren W. Heil

Serving as pastor of Central Baptist Church is a unique privilege for me, since I grew up in Blooming Grove, was saved, and baptized in this very church. I met my wife Jennifer, in Junior High in 1991. We were High School sweethearts and married in 1997. We now have three wonderful children, Calvin, Bethany and Elijah. I have served as the pastor since 2006 and received my Doctor of Ministry degree from Baylor University in 2013. God has blessed Central Baptist Church with folks of all ages, from newborns all the way up to senior citizens. This wide age range gives an excitement and wisdom to the church that is not frequently found. Our church family is friendly, caring and joins me in having a deep desire to see our community come to Christ.

Youth Pastor - Scott Ackley

My name is Scott Ackley. I serve as the youth pastor here at Central Baptist Church. Like our pastor, I graduated from Blooming Grove High School. Upon graduation, I went on to graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies in 2013. One week later I married my best friend, Laura. A few short months later, we planted ourselves and bought a house here in town. God led Laura and I to this church as members in 2013, but in 2016 I was presented with an opportunity to become the youth pastor. It was in 2017 that I became the full-time youth minister. Since then we have had two amazing kids, Kylie and Levi. My vision for our youth is for kids to be transformed into the image of Christ through God’s Word, worship, service, and greatest of all, God’s love. 

Music Minister - Danny "Quim" Miles

I served the Lord in youth ministry here at Central Baptist Church for 16 years. In May of 2017, I became the part-time music minister. I have 3 grown children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Our vision in music ministry is to lead our congregation each week in a time of inspirational worship that gives glory and honor to Jesus Christ. We look forward to praising our Lord and Savior together each week with beloved hymns as well as new contemporary songs and choruses. God has blessed u with great musicians. We love to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Children's Director - Emily Smith

I am a Blooming Grove native and have been a member of Central Baptist Church since the age of five. I left for a short time to complete my studies at Dallas Baptist University where I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Shortly after graduating, I married my high school sweetheart, Dalton Smith. We now have two wonderful kiddos – a son, Ezekiel, and a daughter, Stoni. In 2015 I graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During nursing school, the Lord directed my heart towards serving children through pediatric nursing and continued to prepare my heart for Children’s ministry. It’s my desire to help children cultivate a love for Jesus that is built on foundational truths found in the inspired Word of God in the very same church where I, myself, grew to love Jesus.