a brief history

In the mid-1990s, college pastors and a group of 40 students from Chi Alpha Campus Ministry began gathering each Sunday on the campus of Oklahoma State University. We shared a vision of reaching the campus and the community of Stillwater, and training and sending leaders who would be difference-makers around the world.


Although our group began with college students, we grew quickly as families and others from the community joined with us. Together, we focused on passionate worship, training and equipping believers, and finding creative ways to reach outside the walls of the church and impact the community around us.


Today Center Church is a beautiful blend of college students, adults and families who are committed to God and each other. Together, we live out our faith and grow in our relationship with Jesus as we encourage and equip one another to make God the center of our lives and join together to love our city in real and tangible ways.

our Core Values

God's Story  - We are committed to knowing the story of God in the scriptures and to participating in the story of God as a part of His Church. 

Integrated Faith – We seek to bring God to the center of all aspects of our life: family, work, school, relationships, rest, etc. (Colossians 3:17)

Every Member Ministry – God has given every person a unique calling and gifting to be used in His story through the work of the Holy Spirit. We are committed to help each person discern, develop and apply their gifting and calling for service in God’s purposes within the church (Ephesians 4:1-13)

Family Commitment – Through the work of Jesus Christ, we have a new family: a family of faith. We seek mutual honesty, authenticity and growth in these relationships as we are transformed by God and partner in His work together (Mark 3:31-35 + Acts 2:42-47)

Community Witness – We always seek to be a healthy and faithful witness in our city and neighborhood to reflect the love of Jesus we have received. (Jeremiah 29:5 + Mark 2:17)