About Central AG
Who We Are
– We are a diverse urban church brought together by God’s grace,
seeking to follow Jesus together.
What we believe
– The Bible reveals the
message of the triune God’s loving redemptive work to restore his
broken, fractured, and sin effected creation through the sending of
the Son. Those who believe in Jesus and his gracious provision for
us through his life, death, resurrection, and ascension may receive
new life with God. We are then united with other believing
people, following Jesus together through the power of the Holy
Spirit. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one
and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have
eternal life.’ John 3:16
As an affiliated
congregation of the Assemblies of God we have a theological
framework that enables us to maintain church fellowship and engage
in the God centered, Jesus shaped, Spirit empowered life and mission
God has given us. See the
Assemblies of God Doctrinal Statement.
History - This church
began in 1954 as a bilingual congregation, holding services in both
Italian and English. Originally the church met in the home of Rev.
Giardella, the founding pastor, at 1195 Bennington Street in East
Boston. In 1955 the church moved to a rented space at the Salvation
Army facility on Saratoga Street. The church affiliated with the
Assemblies of God in 1957 and that same year purchased a German
Lutheran church building at 50 Bennington Street where we continue
to meet. Though we no longer have services in Italian, we continue to display an ethnic diversity.
Pastor David Searles -
He has been the pastor of Central Assembly of God since 1993.
David and his family live in East Boston around the corner from the
church facility and experience all the joys (diversity of people)
and challenges of city living (finding a parking place late at
night). He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell
Theological Seminary with a concentration on ministry in complex
urban settings. His wife, Barbara works full-time as a social worker
for the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in their Elder
Service Plan. They have two children: Abby, 20, and Carolyn, 15.