In 1959, the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now the North American Mission Board) became involved in helping churches begin adult literacy ministries.  Thirty-Two million adults in the U.S. are functional non-readers, so there is still a need for this ministry.  In 2014, Central Baptist Church started an adult literacy ministry for adults in the Johnson City, TN area.

The adult literacy program is operated out of the Central Baptist Annex and provides reading, writing, and spelling instruction to adults who cannot read or only have beginning reading skills.  Trained volunteer tutors offer one-on-one instruction geared to meeting the needs of each student.  Classes meet one day per week for an hour during the daytime hours.  Classes are available Monday – Friday.  Days and times of instruction are flexible.  Classes and instructional materials are available at no cost.

If you would like more information about the adult literacy program please contact Central Baptist at 926-7121 or send an email to  All inquiries are confidential.