Warren County Iowa Genealogical Society




    Indianola Community Church

    Indianola Community Church, 14454 Kennedy St., Indianola, IA, (515) 961-8311, http://www.indianolacc.org/ [previously the Martensdale Community Church]

    History of the Indianola Community Church is copied from their website.

    In 1991, Martensdale Community Church was bursting at the seams and was considering its second building addition in less than ten years. The idea of planting a similar church in Indianola began to form in January of 1992 with a core group of Indianola families. The passion of that core group was to be a church that would truly touch individual lives and deeply impact our community for Christ.

    Our first worship service was held April 5, 1992 in the Paramount Theaters with 156 in attendance. Before many weeks had passed, the church was renting space in two additional buildings nearby. By the winter of 1992 we moved to Emerson Elementary School. In January of 1993 we called our first pastor, Johnny MITCHELL. By June we'd outgrown Emerson and spent the next three years at Indianola High School.

    In 1996 we purchased property on Kenwood Street and hired an architect to begin building plans. However, by 1998 we realized at the rate our church was growing the Kenwood property would not be big enough. We sold the Kenwood property and built our building on Kennedy Street on the southeast corner of town, on land donated by Phil & Karen LANGSTRAAT. Our new building had a large multipurpose room, classrooms, and offices. We moved into our new building on August 22, 1999 and began holding two Sunday morning services. We never imagined we'd be feeling a space crunch again in only 18 months! In June 2001 we made plans for a building addition and began a faith promise campaign.

    God has richly blessed our church and our staff that began with one lead pastor has grown to a staff of 8 full time and 4 part time people! In addition to our staff we have over 300 people who volunteer their time to help push back the darkness in the world we live in and gain it for Christ.