Christ Community Church (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

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Community Bible Church, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, began in 1990 as an independent congregation withdrawal from the First Federated Church on Easter 1990. The group initially met at Urbanville High School. Later the congregation met in a rented space at a Presbyterian church. By 2020 it shared space with Temple B’nai Jeshurun, a Reformed Jewish worship center.

Sometime in the congregation's first six years, the congregation's name changed to Christ Community Church.

The congregation, under Kent McDougal's leadership, became influenced by the writings of John Howard Yoder, Donald Kraybill, Gerald Schlabach, and others. It also placed emphasis on the liturgical life and placed importance on small groups called house churches within the larger congregation.

In June 2004, Christ Community Church joined the Central Plains Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

In 2023 the congregation remained part of the Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA.


Mason, Chad. "A joining of stories: one congregation's journey to join its story with the story of the Mennonites." TheMennonite 8, no. 1 (4 January 2005): 14-15.

Oswald, Laurie L. "Whole-life discipleship: new congregation finds Central Plains a 'fit' in following Christ faithfully." TheMennonite 8, no. 1 (4 January 2005): 11-13.

Simbro, William. "A churchless flock arises on Easter from the dispute with First Federated." The Des Moines Register" (16 April 1990): 2.

Simbro, William. "Ministers Allen, Morris reunited." Des Moines Sunday Register (15 September 1996): 5B.

Additional Information

Meeting Address: Temple B'nai Jeshurun, 5101 Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa



Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Christ Community Church

Name Years
of Service
Don Morris 1990-1996
Kent McDougal 1990-2018
Chad S. Mason 2004-?
Michael Gulker 2004-2015?
Martha Yoder (Interim) 2016
Eugene Miller (Interim) 2018-2019
Kelsey Guckenberger 2019-
Jacob Guckenberger 2020-

Membership at Christ Community Church

Year Membership
2009 62
2020 62

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published April 2023

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Christ Community Church (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2023. Web. 26 Feb 2024.,_Iowa,_USA)&oldid=175399.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (April 2023). Christ Community Church (Des Moines, Iowa, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 February 2024, from,_Iowa,_USA)&oldid=175399.

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