Saylorville Church, Des Moines – Vision:
To glorify Him by helping people become increasingly devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Saylorville Church, Des Moines – Origin:
Saylorville Church, Des Moines has been declaring the Glory of God in Christ for nearly 150 years.
Originally a Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1850s, Saylorville Church, Des Moines went from a log cabin to an underground basement church in the 1940s.
In the 1920s Saylorville Church, Des Moines became Saylorville Community Church.
During this time, convictions of the Bible’s authority and the exclusivity of the Gospel being salvation through Christ alone became firmly established in the developing doctrine of the church.
In 1948, with theological liberalism finding its way into many churches, Pastor Harold Young led Saylorville Church, Des Moines to become Saylorville Baptist Church. Saylorville Church, Des Moines also joined the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches in an effort to remain true to the Truth and combat the inroads of bad theology.
The GARBC is a fellowship of churches across the country with no church or denominational headship holding authority over any church. Basically it is an agreed upon friendship of brother and sister churches across the nation that hold to historic Baptist beliefs that also encourage one another.
During the 1950s and 60s Saylorville Church, Des Moines began to grow through Gospel outreach under the leadership of Clark Mann, William Koltivich and Everett Wolfe, leading to the expansion of its facilities. By then attendance had climbed into the 200s.
In the early 70s Frank Chittock led a strong outreach and youth emphasis as the church ran over 300.
By the 1980s, under the guidance of Joe Hayes, Saylorville Church, Des Moines built a large new sanctuary for worship.
Early in the 90s Gary Butler led Saylorville Church, Des Moines out of the debt it incurred with the earlier expansion as the numbers grew to over 400.
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