A letter from our pastors. 

Dear Friends, 

We believe that God wants to transform the world for the better, and we believe that God is going to do that through the church and through people like you. That’s what it’s all about—people. Our desire to be the church is not so great as our desire to organize, gather, and build a community of people being transformed by God. We want to build community, not a crowd. And we want o create space for you to be known, and live out your passion in reckless abandon to God. That’s why we want to be a network of small faith communities engaged in bold acts of faith and mission.

More than anything else, we want to see new people be transformed by the person and power of Jesus. 

One of the best ways to make new disciples of Jesus Christ is by encountering the living God through dynamic worship, having intentional relationships, engaging in risk-taking mission, and finding ways to expand each of these through faithful multiplication. That's our mission, and it guides everything we do. 

We have a simple philosophy here at Central City. It's in response to a lot of churches that we grew up in. You see, in church we were always expected to learn first how to behave, then what to believe, and—if we got those things right—we could belong.

At Central City, we flip the script.

We want people to know they belong here first and foremost. It's in the midst of belonging that we learn what it means to believe and behave

This is why we’ve set out on a journey—a journey to be a church for cynics, doubters, and thinkers. A church for people like you, with all your fears, questions, strengths, and beauty. A church for the city. 

We hope that you will join us on this journey.


Joe & Allyssa Graves


A Small church with Bold faith and mission.


Allyssa and Joe Graves

Allyssa likes watching T.V., reading, and playing with her son Finn. Allyssa is trying to be a vegetarian (so don’t tempt her) and she’s always wanted to be a museum curator. Allyssa grew up on the Southeast side of Columbus, but she recently moved back after living all over Ohio for the past decade. She lives in Franklinton with Joe, Finn, and their dog Stella.

Joe enjoys almost anything creative—he’s dabbled in poetry, writing, art, painting, and woodworking—but if you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s hardly good at any of them. Joe loves watching T.V. comedies like The Office, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn 99. He grew up in Hicksville, Ohio as one of seven (!) kids, but recently moved to Franklinton with his wife Allyssa and their son Finn.

Check out Joe's personal blog at www.joegraves.org


Leadership Structure

While in the process of building this new church, we fall under the supervision of our parent church, Central Avenue Church in Athens, OH, The Capital Area North District of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, The Director of New Church Development, and our friends at Trinity United Methodist Church. We hope to become chartered as our own congregation as soon as possible. Once chartered, Central City Church will operate under our own leadership board consisting of members of our church. Our leadership team will be decided through a simple application process available to any one who has completed the membership class and became a member.


Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.
— John 20:21