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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34

Central Christian Church was founded in 1867 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. We originally met in downtown Ironton, OH, as the First Christian Church. Our church outgrew our space and moved to 5th and Quincy. Our congregation continued to grow, and ground was broken for our new church on 7th Street in 1974. We were able to begin meeting in the new building in 1975. The current campus has a gym, large auditorium, chapel, daycare, classrooms, and several acres that are used by the city of Ironton from time to time.
Willie Purdee

Willie Purdee

Senior Minister

Willie Purdee began serving as Senior Minister at Central Christian Church in October of 2014. Before taking the helm at Central, he was the Director of the KYOWVA Evangelistic Association for four years. Willie also served as minister at the Guyandotte Church of Christ in Huntington, West Virginia for 12 years. In addition, he has held ministry positions in both Virginia and Kentucky. Willie received his Bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Christian University in 1992 and his Master’s degree from Johnson University in 2008.

Willie and his wife Angie (Nida) have been married for over 25 years. Angie has been an RN for over 20 years and is currently teaching classes at Collins Career Center. The Purdees have two children, Bethany and Jared. Bethany graduated nursing school in May of 2014 and is employed as an RN at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Jared graduated from high school and is a graduate of the LPN program at Collins Career Center. He also enjoys preaching and leading worship. The family currently resides in South Point, Ohio.

Willie loves running, spending time with his family, and reading Louis L’Amour books. When he and Angie have a chance to get away, they enjoy spending time in Hilton Head, SC and Holmes County, OH.

Jim Williams

Jim Williams

Preaching Minister

Jim Williams, a Timothy of Central Christian Church, returned to serve as Preaching Minister in 2007. Since 2009, Jim has worked full-time for Ironton City Schools and has functioned as Central Christian’s Administrative Minister, where his duties have also included teaching and preaching.

Jim holds undergraduate degrees from both Kentucky Christian University and Ohio University, as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from OU. He has previously served in ministries and school administrative positions in McConnelsville and Orrville, Ohio. He is married to Ronda, and they have two adult children, Jonathan and Lena.

Taylor Parnell

Taylor Parnell

Children’s Ministry Director

Taylor Parnell serves as the Children’s Ministry Director for youth, fifth grade and under. She is a lifelong member of Central Christian Church and a graduate of Ironton High School. She holds a B.S. in Human Development Family Science and a Master’s degree in Middle Childhood Education, both from The Ohio State University.

Taylor has enjoyed working with and teaching the youth of the church since she was a teenager and is thrilled to be back at her home church (since college) ministering to them. Although she taught Middle School Science for two years, Taylor now stays at home with her four children, Tara, Mason, Nora, and Micah. She is married to TJ, who also helps with the children’s ministry as a 4th – 6th grade small group leader.

For more information about us or our ministries, call 740.532.2930 or contact us with any questions.

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Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Junior Church and Nursery:

Sunday 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Sunday School:

Sunday 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Worship Services:

Sunday 10:30 am

Bible Study:

Sunday 6:30 pm

Youth Group:

Sunday 6:30 pm

Children’s Class:

Sunday 6:30 pm