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Jack B. Allen Art Auction

Jack B. Allen Art Auction

We will be holding an Art Auction of the works of the late Jack B. Allen, local artist and teacher.

Jack attended the Laurel Hill and Broadway Grammar Schools and studied at Norwich Free Academy. He thought to become a commercial artist, but so enjoyed teaching on Saturday mornings at the Art School Museum, he decided that that was his calling. After further degrees from UConn and Butler University, he became an art teacher at Windham High School where he was beloved by all his students for the next 33 years. He also was a traveling art teacher in the Windham Public Schools and taught adult oil painting in the evenings. He painted murals and altar pieces in several Willimantic churches. Jack and Betty lived out their strong faith as American Baptists, both at the First Baptist Church of Willimantic, and for many years at Central Baptist Church in Norwich.

When: Saturday June 16th, preview at 2:00 p.m. and Auction at 3:00 p.m.

Where: Central Baptist Church, 2 Union Sq. Norwich, CT. 06360

To preview the artwork please visit auctionzip.com (auctioneer # 2823).

If you have any questions feel free to call the church at 860-889-8313


Our Interim Pastor

Our Interim Pastor

Meet our Interim Pastor The Rev. David Reed Brown. Many of us know David from numerous times he has led worship here, and of course we know him from the magic shows he has performed for us over the years. He has known Central Baptist Church and the SUNL Association for his whole professional ministry of twenty-four years. And, he has been good friends with our pastors: Bruce, Sheldon, Michelle and Nancy. In fact, Sheldon Keller was David’s Watch Care Mentor for the ordination process. David comes to us after pastoring the Old Mystic Baptist Church part time for three years, and has also served The First Baptist Church in Essex and The Second Baptist Church in Suffield. David has a Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, which recently united with Yale Divinity School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Vocal Music from Denison University. He also studied at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India, and has ministered over 800 hours as a chaplain in Clinical Pastoral Education, most recently at Hartford Hospital. David and his wife, Cindy, led Music Camps at Camp Wightman for eleven years, and he has organized numerous mission trips domestically and abroad. For almost twenty years, David has studied with some of the greatest magicians in the world at The Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas. His calling is to both interim ministry and a ministry of magic. David uses magic during worship to communicate the love of God, so please encourage children to attend! David and Cindy live in Simsbury, CT with their boys, Matthew (12) and Kirby (10).
PLEASE NOTE: David will be here on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Office hours are by appointment only, so if you need to see the Pastor or want him to visit, PLEASE CALL


New Church Office Hours

New Church Office Hours

Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday Through Friday: 9am-1pm


Focus on the Future

Focus on the Future

Investment 2040 is a fund-raising initiative to help us move into the next phase of our ministry now that our facilities are more welcoming and accommodating.
We have over $80,000 in gifts and pledges, so we are well on our way to meeting our $102,000.50 goal.
Contact any member of the committee if you would like more information – Interim Pastor David Reed-Brown, Mark Hopkins, Janet Jeffcoat, Barbara Ricketts, Ruth Tefft, Joyce Weber.