On Sunday, Oct. 3, 1909, the elders of the Cowart Street Church of Christ in south Chattanooga decided to plant a church in the downtown area. They rented the Masonic Lodge at 7th and Cherry Street for Sunday and Wednesday services. Twenty-six Christians attended the first service on October 17, 1909, and the Central Church of Christ began and continued with regular meetings there. In 1910 the Central church hired its first full-time minister, G.C. Brewer, who served until 1915. Over its 109 year history, Central has had various full-time and part-time ministers. Its present minister is David Schonhoff, who has served since 1994.