Our Story

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

est 1938

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 campus. 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.”