Come study on campus! The 4th Street Study Center has free Wi-Fi, a fireplace, outdoor seating, and plenty of space to study the Bible, meet for discipleship or just hang out with friends. This location offers a full-service coffee bar with espresso drinks, cold brew, and assorted snacks and refreshments. The Study Center also offers an abundance of resources for browsing and purchasing.
Questions? Give the 4th Street Study Center a call!
Address: 1934 N. 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone Number: (614) 421-1950
Hours: Generally, the doors are open from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays, and 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM on weekends. However, hours vary and are dependent on ministry events.
History of 4th Street
In January 2007, the long-awaited new facility for the college ministry finally opened. Only a couple blocks from High Street, this renovated abandoned building came with a large parking lot, which is very unusual for a campus area building. The free campus bus, CABS East Residential route, goes by every 15 minutes.
From 1905-1937 this was the site of a lively, popular amusement park called Indianola Park. In 1948 the swimming pool was filled in and the site became a shopping center. It took a lot of imagination to envision this place, abandoned for years, as something cool enough to attract people. In this center, there is now a pool hall, a store, a food pantry, and a pizza place.
We eventually decided on a look that was reminiscent of the 1920's with lots of wood, windows, along with lighting over the awnings and wood pilasters. While the building came super inexpensive, renovation costs ran much higher than expected. Also, the project took nearly 6 months longer than expected, leaving our group stuck in an over-crowded facility.
Inside, the café has an open feel with furniture from our old building. With seating for 150, the café is open every day and serves its own coffee. Our coffee is as good or better than anything in the area. Adjoining the café is the reading room. The fireplace adds some atmosphere during cold Ohio winters while study carrels and free internet access enhance study times!
A sizable collection of reference books, commentaries, and other titles are available at the counter. These can be browsed onsite only. The whole building has free wireless internet. This is becoming a gathering place for small social groups and students who want a nice place to study.
Central Teaching Auditorium
This is one of our locations in which hundreds of college students gather for Central Teaching. The spacious main auditorium seats 450+. Additional people can listen through the glass wall between the café and main room.
The speaker stands in the center of the room with chairs in a circle around. Two screens make multimedia material visible to all. The curved wall and ceiling have resulted in exceptional acoustics for our purposes. You can easily hear people sharing or praying from anywhere in the room without any help from microphones. Because of the centrally located stage, people are never far from the speaker or from each other. The room has a surprisingly intimate feel.