“For not only as the word of the Lord SOUNDED FORTH from you...but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.”

1 Thessalonians 1:8


2017/2018 Restore Campaign

rebuild the ancient markers


Like the great cathedrals of the past, we envision Central functioning as a Gospel-Centered Cathedral for the City of New York:

  • A distinctive Christian community in the heart of the City shaped by common loves and commitments.

  • A welcoming place of sanctuary and rest for the poor, marginalized, and oppressed and those from every walk of life.

  • A training ground that provides spiritual and theological formation not only for future pastors, church planters, and church revitalizers, but also for lay leaders in business, finance, law, education, healthcare, government, media, and the arts.

  • A forum for civic leadership and a go-to destination for Christian thought leaders from around the world.

  • An ideal facility for the educational and recreational needs of children.

  • A center for the development, mastery, and performance of music and the arts, and a premier location to return sacred music to sacred space.

  • A launching pad for mission and service to the wider community in order to promote the common good.


Central must restore its physical space in order to strengthen and expand our mission to the city.

Central’s building is suffering from decades of deferred maintenance and lack of repairs (a sidewalk bridge was erected in 2006 to protect pedestrians from the risk of falling façade stonework).

In 2011, Central retained Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC, a noted restoration firm with extensive experience in the restoration of historic and landmark buildings, including churches and religious structures.
Together with Walter B. Melvin, Central has created a two-phase plan for the restoration and renewal of Central’s building.




$8 Million


Phase I of the restoration plan provides for the restoration of the building’s exterior façade and bell tower. This work involves:

  • Finalization of property ownership matters (completed in June of 2016)

  • Restoration of the façade exposures

  • Reconstruction of the bell tower

  • Repair of the building’s exterior stained glass

  • Development of a fund for ongoing building maintenance and future capital improvements

Phase II

$7 Million

Phase II of the restoration plan involves systems upgrades and renovations to the interior of the building:


  • Upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems throughout the building

  • Renovation of heating, ventilation, A/C, security, and fire safety systems

  • Renovation of organ

  • Upgrades to elevators

  • Remodeling of office, meeting, and classroom space


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