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Rosenberg Treasure: Central Christian Church

Central Christian Church

Rosenberg Treasure of the Month

Last Updated: January 1, 2020 by Rosenberg Library | History


During the month of January, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a souvenir plate commemorating Central Christian Church.

Central Christian Church Plate
Souvenir plate commemorating Central Christian Church. Courtesy Rosenberg Library

In 1893, the American Christian Missionary Society sent Rev. J.W. Lowber to Galveston to establish Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). While there was already a small congregation on the island, members held services at private residences as the group lacked its own church building. Under Lowber’s direction, a brick church building was erected on the southwest corner of 20th Street and Avenue K in 1895.

Just five years later, the devastating hurricane of September 8, 1900 partially destroyed Central Christian Church. Congregants worked diligently to repair and re-open the church, and the structure was raised along with other buildings in the neighborhood during the early 1900s. In 1916, Central Christian relocated to a larger, two-story building at the corner of 22nd Street and Avenue I. However, noise from the streetcar line and interurban train disrupted church services and activities, and leaders at Central Christian again began looking for a property to better meet the needs of the congregation.

By 1922, enough money was raised to purchase the former residence of W.L. Moody, Sr. at 23rd Street and Avenue M. The property included a three-story colonial mansion and the surrounding fourteen lots. It was located in a quiet neighborhood outside of downtown and was close to the streetcar line.

A temporary church was built on the site while renovation plans for the 30-room mansion were made. These called for the removal of all walls on the first floor to accommodate a large, open sanctuary. The second and third floors were to be used for Sunday school classrooms and offices.

This vision was never realized, and within a few years the property was sold. Under the leadership of Rev. Garrett W. McQuiddy, land was purchased at Avenue O ½ and 28th street, and a new church was erected at that site in 1929. In 1969, a modern sanctuary and educational wing were added on an adjacent lot, and the 1929 church was later razed. The expansion allowed for additional educational, fellowship, and community facilities.


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Central Christian Church at 2728 Avenue O ½ was formally dedicated on January 26, 1930. Courtesy Rosenberg Library

Central Christian Church continues to serve the Galveston community from the same site it has occupied for the past 90 years.

Rosenberg Library

Rosenberg Library has offered over a century of community service to the Galveston area, and is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation. The building itself was dedicated on June 22, 1904, the birthday of its patron, Henry Rosenberg. The Moody Memorial Wing opened in 1971, more than doubling the floor space and allowing for a children’s library, a history center, several galleries to showcase museum collections, and later, a computer lab. The Library accepted its first museum piece shortly after it opened in 1904. Since then, thousands of rare and interesting objects from around the world have been added to the collection. Each month they display a “Treasure of the Month”. Learn more by visiting the Rosenberg Library page and the Gifts of Henry Rosenberg section.

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