Our Message

Our church believes this is the most important news you will ever read.


God is the King of the universe. He made everything and sustains it. He is good and deserving of everyone to devote their life to Him.


We all want to be the king of our own lives. But we mess it up and hurt ourselves and those around us. These acts of rebellion are called sin and are deserving of God’s judgment.


Instead of punishing us for our rebellion, God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to earth to suffer in our place. God raised Him from the dead to make Him the King of all kings and give forgiveness and new life to those who trust in Him.

Our Response

Jesus now tells us to do two things: (1) turn away from living our lives as our own king to let Jesus be our king instead and (2) believe in Him.

Our church’s mission is to help people follow Jesus.

Whether Jesus is in charge of your life already or if you’re just interested in learning more, you’re welcome here at our church.

Start By Coming on Sunday at 11 AM

Sundays at 11 AM is the main time our church gathers. It’s the best place to start if you are looking for a church or are just interested in learning more about Jesus or the Bible. Our address is 2005 Rochester Rd. in Royal Oak.

what to wear

Most people are business-casual in dress, with some more casual and some more formal. Pastor Jacob usually dresses business casual.

what to bring

If you have a Bible, bring that. If you don’t have one, we have one on the pew you can take home with you. Bring a mask, but we also provide some.


We ask that you keep your children with you during the gathering and help them follow along. We provide coloring sheets and guide for them to follow along with the message.

where to enter

There’s a long awning leading to our main entrance. Come in there and go up the stairs. It’s hard to miss. 

Our Safety Protocols

From social distancing to providing masks and hand sanitizer, we are taking every precaution in our gatherings to love our neighbor as ourselves. Download the following pdf to see all our protocols.

Watch Online

To get a preview of what our main gatherings are like, watch via our Facebook page live on Sundays at 11 AM, or watch a previous gathering.


Our Leaders


Jacob Riggs

About me

God called me to Himself when I was seven years old. Jesus Christ became my King and Savior and continues to be the most wonderful thing in the world to me.

I am honored to preach and teach God’s Word. I especially love helping people new to the Bible and the good news of Jesus take steps closer to Him.

  • Married to Lynsey since 2008
  • Two daughters
  • Born and raised in Tennessee
  • BA from Welch College
  • MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Children’s Ministry Director

Joanna Walker

About me

I was saved in elementary school and was baptized shortly after that. I have grown up at Central Oaks and am happy to serve the Lord here.

  • Raised at Central Oaks
  • Married to Chris since 2005
  • Two children, Landen and Brooke
  • Former pre-school teacher

Worship Leader 

Lynsey Riggs

About me

I gave my life to Christ when I was a girl at a church camp in Arkansas. I’m happy to serve the Lord here at Central Oaks through music.

  • Married to Jacob since 2008
  • Raised in Arkansas
  • Two daughters, Caroline and Meredith
  • Works at Tailored Fundraising

Our Story

Since 1938 we have been about one thing: helping people follow Jesus.

est 1938

Our Pastor’s Grandfather, Raymond Riggs, started this church in Detroit. Since then God has used our church in wonderful ways including sending out many missionaries across the world and seeing hundreds come to faith in Christ.


In 1960 we moved to Royal Oak and built our current property. We were then known as Central Free Will Baptist Church. We changed the name to Central Oaks in 2015.


We still believe the good news of Jesus Christ and seek to obey the command Jesus gave His followers in Matthew 28:19 “Go . . . and make disciples.”

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