about us…


Grand Avenue Baptist Church
started as a small mission church in December, 1959, with Jim Phillips serving as pastor. In July of 1960, this work was formally established as a mission, and a full program of church training and service began.

In September 1960, with the help of the Missouri Baptist Building Fund, a 2.5 acre plot of ground was purchased at the corner of 24th and Grand Avenue. The first anniversary of this congregation was celebrated on January 15, 1961. At that time there was a Sunday School attendance of 77.

On February 23, 1964, the “mission” congregation was constituted as a church (with 148 charter members).



Grand Avenue Baptist Church is committed to exalting God our Father, maturing in faith, hope and love in our Lord Jesus Christ, and impacting the world with God's Word in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Grand Avenue Baptist Church seeks to influence the people of Story County, Iowa State University, and beyond for the Gospel by helping Christians understand how they can make a difference for the Kingdom of God which flows out of a deepening walk with God. GABC, therefore, envisions being a community that strengthens, equips, encourages, and disciples individuals, families, and churches to be sent into the world for Christ as God directs.

Our Core Values

Core Values are the main beliefs that are at the heart of who we are and what we do. These core values, along with the Baptist Faith and Message, represent what we believe about God, ourselves and our church. They represent how we will interact with each other to accomplish our Mission Statement, Vision, and Goals.

Knowing God
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (John 17:3)

  1. We believe that God wants us to know Him and that knowing Him and making Him known is our highest aim. (Matthew 6:33)

  2. We believe the Bible to be our final authority for faith and practice. (Hebrews 4:12–13)

  3. We believe service to Christ merits excellence in everything we do. (Mark 7:37)

  4. We believe that God wants us to be a people of prayer and fasting. (Luke 18:1)

  5. We believe in encouraging a prayer-guided faith that is willing to take bold risks for Christ. (Hebrews 11:8)

Worshiping God
"Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." (Psalm 100:2, NIV)

  1. We believe that worship of God is vital to the life of the church. (Revelation 7:9–12)

  2. We believe our corporate worship flows from our individual lives of obedience. (1 Peter 2:9)


"I am writing these instructions so that... you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth." (1 Timothy 3:15-16)

  1. We believe that GABC is a community of baptized believers who are committed to one another. (1 Corinthians 12:12)

  2. We believe that the church is experienced and expressed in both a large and small context. (Acts 5:42)

  3. We believe in the submission to and active support of godly male leadership. (Hebrews 13:17)

  4. We believe that leaders are accountable first to God and then to the people they serve. (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Timothy 5:19–20)

  5. We believe that unity and love are at the heart of a healthy community of believers. (John 13:34–35; John 17:23)

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18, NIV)

  1. We believe it is God's will that we grow by evangelizing the lost and making disciples of the saved. (Matthew 28:18–20)

  2. We believe that it is God's will that every believer grow to maturity in Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-16)

  3. We believe in growth by reproducing new churches. (Book of Acts)

"Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:43-45)

  1. We believe that every believer is placed within the church as God desires, to express Christ and serve the body. (1 Corinthians 12)

  2. We believe in developing our God-given talents for service to Christ. (Romans 12:4–16)

  3. We believe in practicing wise stewardship of God's resources. (Matthew 25:14–30)

  4. We believe God honors a spirit of humility, integrity, and Christ-like character in all areas of service. (Philippians 2:1–8)

  5. We believe every believer should be faithful with their finances, and develop a spirit of generosity toward God's people and Kingdom work. (Luke 16:10–13; Luke 6:38)

  6. We believe that leaders are to be proven servants. (1 Peter 5:1–4; Acts 20:28–35)

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8, NIV)

  1. We believe in manifesting the love and grace of Christ in both word and deed as God gives opportunity both locally and throughout the world. (1 Thessalonians 1:8–9)

  2. We believe all people have worth and value to God and therefore to us. (Luke 19:10; 2 Peter 3:9)


Grand Avenue Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist Convention of Iowa.

Mission and Vision