About First Christian Church

History of First Christian Church


Shortly after the Burlington Railroad pushed West through Iowa and the city of Creston was founded in 1870, the First Christian Church of Creston emerged.  Organized on August 15th, 1872 by George W. Emmerson, it met for three years in the homes of its nine charter members.  In 1875, the congregation called its first minister, Thomas V. Berry who conducted services in his home.

The congregation built a small frame building on the corner of Elm and Mills which was dedicated December 10th, 1876.  It wasn’t long, however, until this building was too small and a larger one was built on the same location and dedicated March 2nd, 1892.

During the ministry of E. E. Lister, the Masonic Temple was purchased in 1941 for $9,000.00 and another $7,000.00 was spent to remodel it.  This building adequately served the needs of the congregation for almost 30 years and used by many community groups and organizations.

In January 1966, the congregation purchased a 22-acre site near Townline and Birch.  In February, 1967 a successful fund raising campaign was conducted with the help of the Board of Church Extension of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Savage and Ver Ploeg of West Des Moines were hired to draw plans for the new building.  Ground was broken on Palm Sunday, 1969 and the congregation moved into its new quarters in the summer of 1970.

The congregation has served the spiritual life of Creston for almost one hundred years.  It has worked in cooperation with other Christian Churches to serve the State of Iowa, the United States, and throughout the world.  Seeking to uphold the teachings of the New Testament, it has worked to bring all Christians together in unity and harmony.

There have been 34 ministers who have served this congregation.  In recent years, they include Ernest Worden, R. G. W. Collins, Byron Lamun, and Dianna Clark.  Our present Pastor, Tony Thurston, began his ministry with the congregation in May of 2015.