The First Congregational Church desires to be a growing congregation in the greater Parkersburg area that shares the gospel and follows Christ with a focus on ministering to children, youth, families, and senior citizens until Jesus comes back.


The First Congregational Church of Parkersburg, through the power of the Holy Spirit, shall seek to love and glorify God:
By worshiping in Spirit and in Truth
– By growing in Christ through Scripture and prayer
– By serving our church family and community
– By sharing the Gospel globally and locally
– By strengthening our marriages and families
– By fellowship in love and unity

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What We Believe


Holy Trinity

We believe that there is One God; eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


We believe that for the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.


We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God written.


We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers.

Holy Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling power and fullness the Christian is enabled to live a godly life in this present evil world.


We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that they are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.


We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

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John & Layla Luhring

Maintenance and Facility Care

John and Layla have been the church maintenance and facility care staff since the spring of 2010.

John graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Marketing from Buena Vista University in 2012.

He is now employed by his parent’s family business, Luhring Monuments, and owns Parkersburg Hardware.

Layla graduated from Ellsworth Community College in 2011 with her Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Education.

She is now employed at home by the couple’s three young daughters and newborn baby boy!

John and Layla were married in 2010 and have made their home in Parkersburg.

Apart from the day-to-day routine of life, the Luhrings enjoy finding ways they can work and have fun together as a family and finding ways to serve the Lord in the process!

Contact John & Layla at [email protected]

Sherry Kannegieter

Administrative Assistant

Sherry has been married to Terry Kannegieter since 1975. Together they have 3 sons and 1 daughter, 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. They farmed together many years until retirement. Sherry also was a law enforcement dispatcher for over 25 years. Sherry has always enjoyed serving others so coming to work in the church is a great fit.

Together Sherry and Terry enjoy travelling, camping, and their annual fishing trips to Canada. The rest of the time they enjoy their family especially those grandchildren and great granchildren.

Contact Sherry at [email protected]

Visit Us

Our Location


401 3rd Street
P.O. Box 100
Parkersburg, IA 50665
Phone: (319) 346-1373

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am 3:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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