For the past 175 years, First Baptist Church of Pella, Iowa, has been a place you can belong, a place you can serve, a place to heal. 

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. As it is, there are many parts, but one body, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices.
— 1 Corinthians 12:12, 20, 25-26

What to expect

  • Dress is casual. Come as you are.

  • Our music is mostly traditional with a little contemporary.

  • Handicap accessibility is on the west side of the building. An elevator is available to go to the lower level.

  • Sunday morning worship begins at 9:30 a.m.

  • Coffee and refreshments are available after the service in our fellowship hall on the lower level from Sept-May.

  • Sunday school classes for ages 0-100+ begin at 10:45 a.m.

  • High school youth group meets on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.


Rev. Jason Thornton

Senior Pastor since 2016, Pastor Jay and his wife, Dawn, and two sons enjoy living in Pella. Jay is a graduate of Central Baptist Seminary and is working towards a Doctorate of Ministry.


Rev. Kara Krohg

Associate Pastor since 2014, Pastor Kara and her husband, Christian, are active in the community with the FBC Youth Group and their small group. She is a graduate from Sioux Falls Seminary.


Ann Millar

Administrative Assistant since 2015, Ann and her husband, Derek, have three children that keep her very busy! She has a bachelors degree from UW-Platteville in business.