Historic Central Baptist Church of St. Louis, Missouri, Welcomes New Senior Pastor, Anthony L. Riley

Reverend Anthony L. Riley received prayers during his farewell service at The Luke Church in the Greater Houston, Texas on March 5. He is the new senior pastor at historic Central Baptist Church, 2842 Washington Blvd.
Photo from The Luke Church

Central Baptist Church, 2842 Washington Blvd., will welcome its new senior pastor, Reverend Anthony L. Riley, to the pulpit to begin his pastoral leadership on Sunday, March 17.

He is leaving a position as executive pastor at The Luke Church in the Greater Houston, Texas area with responsibilities for leadership to staff, associate ministers and diaconate. He also led strategic initiatives and managed a multi-million dollar budget.

“I am NOT going to say goodbye because me and my wife will be coming to visit you,” one congregant posted on The Luke Church’s Facebook page. “We are going to miss you a lot but God said it’s time to move.”

“Thank you very much for the love and spiritual support you gave to me and my family during one of our most difficult times,” another congregant posted. “Your prayers and words of encouragement were very much appreciated and will not be forgotten

“You have been such a blessing to us!” another congregant posted. “You will be missed. Thank you for speaking into our marriage, and we shall never forget what powerful words you spoke over us.”

Riley will be Central’s 14th senior pastor in its 173-year history. He fills the role most closely associated with Rev. Robert C. Scott, who led Central Baptist from 1999-2016 and is now the senior pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rev. Traci D. Blackmon said of Scott that he “helped establish that church as a prophetic manifestation of the Gospel in a neighborhood where the radical love of Jesus was desperately needed, not only on Sundays, but through the week.” When he left Central Baptist, it had some 1,500 congregants on the roll, with 750-900 people attending church on Sundays between the two services.

“Reverend Riley is a gifted leader and teacher who has a deep love of Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit is evident in his life,” Central Baptist said of its new senior pastor in a statement.

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Source: St. Louis American