Texas Church Holds Dedication Services

On Sunday, April 16, 2023, the Central Park Church in Garland, Texas, held a dedication and ribbon cutting service for a new 2,750-seat sanctuary. General Overseer Tim Hill was in attendance to help celebrate the milestone.

Pastor of the Central church is Rev. Adolfo De La Garza, who along with his wife, Naomi, have pastored the church for 43 years. It is the fourth building constructed on their campus and represents a 15-year journey of expansion, the last nine of which involved the new sanctuary dedicated on April 16.

Before the dedication weekly attendance at the church had run between 1,600-1,800 and mandated two Spanish-speaking services every Sunday. There is also a smaller, English-speaking service each Sunday as well.

Pastor Adolfo De La Garza (holding scissors) is joined by his wife, Naomi, and General Overseer Tim Hill at the dedication (click photo to enlarge)

The Central Church represents the growth of U.S.-based Hispanic congregations in the Church of God, particularly in the South Central Hispanic Region. It is one of the largest churches in the Church of God west of the Mississippi and one of five primarily Spanish-speaking churches in the region with around 1,000 in attendance in cities such as Dallas and New Orleans.

“Central is not only growing, but it is a church planting church as well,” stated Fidencio Burgueno, administrative bishop for the South Central Hispanic Region. “Through the years this congregation has planted over 40 new churches, both in the U.S. and in other countries. They also own two radio stations, allowing them to spread the gospel even further.”

“I was privileged to take part in celebrating with the Central Church,” Hill stated. “The influence of our Hispanic churches in the United States continues to grow and as demonstrated by this congregation, their reach is far beyond just the doors of the church. Congratulations and continued blessings on the Central Church and all of our nine Hispanic regions across the U.S.!”

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