Warren County Iowa Genealogical Society




    Carlisle Fellowship Baptist Church

    Fellowship Baptist Church, 1215 S. 5th Street, Carlisle, Iowa, 50047

    Fellowship Baptist Church, written by Sue FREDREGILL, Church Clerk, is copied from the History of Warren County, Iowa, compiled by the Warren County Genealogical Society, Curtis Media Corp., Dallas, Texas, 1987

    In the summer of 1976 a home Bible Study group began with ten to fifteen people in attendance.That original Bible study led to the calling of our first pastor, Keith KRAAKEVIK.The first worship service was held in Carlisle’s American Legion Hall on March 6, 1977.In May of 1979 we moved into a store front building at 50 School Street and continued worshiping there until 1980. It was in the fall of 1979 that we called our second pastor, Steve CARLSON. The Lions Club Building and a barber shop have also served as temporary meeting places.

    We purchased five acres of land in July 1980, on South Fifth Street (it was at that time located on the edge of town). After the completion of the exterior walls, we started holding services in our building in June of 1981. We were very thankful that we had a permanent building even though there were no doors, windows, carpet, etc. Our building program seemed to progress slowly. There was an old house on the property that we fixed up and it was used to hold Sunday School Classes, Children’s Church and other small group meetings throughout the week. The church building was finally completed in October of 1983 and we dedicated it for the Lord’s use on January 29, 1984. God has blessed by gifts for our people and from others so that the building and property became debt-free in September 1986.

    We have grown from a small group to a congregation of over 100 worshiping together on Sunday morning. A strong youth group, effective teaching of children and a ministry of acceptance, forgiveness and love towards all ages has made us a growing fellowship of believers. In August 1985, Fellowship Baptist Church called their third pastor, Charles BLOYER. He is presently serving as our minister.

    Note: As of 2014, this church congregation is no longer there.