Last March the Prophetstown Congregational Church held its final service and was closed while a transition took place for the church to became affiliated with River Church based in Clinton, Iowa.
The 100-year-old church has undergone a major renovation with the worship space and gathering space on the upper level seeing the most drastic changes. The mid-level has been renovated to accommodate children during the worship service featuring separate rooms for infants and toddlers. Much of the labor was done by volunteers.
The church reopened on Sunday, August 18 with Campus Pastor Justin Vogel leading the service with the sermon delivered via video link from the main church in Clinton. After initially offering just one service on Sunday, it will add a second, beginning the weekend of September 22. The service times will be 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM.
The church’s mission statement is,” To lead people to an authentic life changing relationship with Jesus.” “We believe in God for big things and want to reach the lost and hurting people around here,” said Vogel. The Clinton site holds five services between Saturday and Sunday and boasts a congregation of approximately 1,200.
Prophetstown is the first expansion site for the River Church. The staff spent much of 2018 preparing for expansion of the ministry without a definitive site. The pastor received a call from a member of the Prophetstown Congregational Church inquiring about their interest in taking over the church and immediately seized on the opportunity.
Vogel says the ministry is very family oriented and is launching a series in September called, “Love My City,” which will have members going to area towns to do volunteer work for various organizations.
River Church is led by Pastor Jeremiah Randleman who started it in 2013. The church has a voluntary cooperative fellowship with Assembly of God denomination, which is used primarily as a resource for information and guidance.