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Our History

Our Pastor

Weekly Services


Summer of 1973 – A few families from the Midwest asked a young preacher from the foothills of North Carolina to come start a church in the small town of Washington, Iowa. Larry and Dianne Brown left their home and moved to Iowa where they would help organize the Marion Avenue Baptist Church.


September 1973 – The Marion Avenue Baptist Church was organized. God began doing great things in the small town of Washington, Iowa. Pastor and Mrs. Brown, along with a small group of families, gave God their all so that others could know Christ. The bus ministry began salvaging broken lives and caring for little boys and girls that otherwise would not have had the opportunity to come to church. The presence and Power of God, won souls, convicted hearts, broke chains, repaired homes, and gave all glory to God.


January 2010 – Our beloved Pastor’s wife, Mrs. Dianne Brown, went home to Heaven. Pastor Larry Brown’s heart was broken, but he chose to stay faithful to God and His service. Soon, God began to work in Pastor’s heart about reaching America through worldwide evangelism.


July 2011 – Pastor Larry Brown resigned the Pastorate delving into full-time world evangelism. He is loved and will be missed, but to the glory of God the pulpit of the Marion Avenue Baptist Church will still be located “Under the spout where the glory comes out!”


July 17, 2011 – Joseph Brown, son of Pastor Larry Brown, became the new Pastor of the Marion Avenue Baptist Church. Pastor Joseph Brown has a vision and a passion to shepherd the flock, preach the Word and reach the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Through these wonderful forty-one years, God has led his dear children along. He has blessed in ways innumerable and used this ministry to change thousands of lives. Because of His blessings, the church is continuing to grow and reach Southeast, Iowa for the cause of Christ. The buses are still rolling, the Gospel is still being preached, and lives are still being changed. To God be the glory, the pulpit will remain hot, souls will walk the aisles for salvation, and the baptismal waters will continue to be stirred!


Pastor Joseph Brown was born in 1983, the son of Pastor and Mrs. Larry Brown. He was raised in a Christian home from the time he was an infant. He grew up attending the Marion Avenue Baptist Church. Joseph was saved at the age of six and during his Junior year of high school he surrendered to God’s calling to preach.


After graduating from High school, he attended Oklahoma Baptist College. Upon entering his second year of college he enrolled in Hyles-Anderson College where he would complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in May of 2006. Soon after he graduated from college he was ordained into the ministry as a preacher of the gospel.


Joseph joined the staff at Marion Avenue while attending college. He served as our Assistant Pastor for seven years. Joseph’s father, Pastor Larry Brown, resigned the pastorate to go into full time evangelism in March of 2011. In July of 2011, the church membership overwhelmingly voted Joseph in as our new pastor. Pastor Joseph has a vision for Southeast Iowa, and for the world. In addition to the pastorate, He is the founder of the Our Time Youth Conference which reaches hundreds of young people for Christ. He has a tremendous burden for the next generation. We are thrilled that God led him to this ministry.


Pastor Joseph Brown and his wife Charity have one son, Aaron and three daughters, Hannah, Lydia, & Abigail.




Every Sunday the Marion Avenue Baptist Church is filled with excitement! Our main service times are at 10:45 AM and 6:30 PM. Both of these services contain inspiring music, and life-changing Bible preaching.



10:00 AM Classes for All Ages

10:45 AM Morning Service

11:00 AM Servicio en Español

2:30 PM Servicio en Español

6:30 PM Evening Service



Every Wednesday evening the Marion Avenue Baptist Church holds a Bible study in the main auditorium. This service time also contains inspiring music and the Bible study is a help to all who attend.



7:00 PM Estudio Bíblico

7:00 PM Bible Study


Preaching Services

Through the practical, life-changing, Bible preaching, families are encouraged, needs are being met, and lives are being changed. At every service God’s Word is opened and boldly proclaimed. At every service we also have our team of singers and musicians gather to honor the Lord through music. We offer free first-class nurseries for every service.


Meet the staff of Marion Avenue 


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    Pastor Randy Bingham graduated from Providence Baptist College in 2002. Bro. Bingham came on staff at Marion Avenue in 2012. Pastor Randy and his wife Nelly, have three children: Corban, Isabella, and Madeleine.


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    Michael grew up at Marion Avenue serving faithfully in the various ministries of the church. Upon completion of Bible college, he married his lovely wife Bekah. They served in churches in Indiana and Oregon before coming home to Marion Avenue. God is using the Griswolds greatly in the role of Assistant Pastor.


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    Pastor Joseph Brown is the son of former Pastor, Larry Brown. Joseph grew up at Marion Avenue and was involved in various ministries of the church throughout his childhood and teen years.  Upon graduating Bible College, he married his sweet heart Charity Epley. They have been blessed with 4 children, Aaron, Hannah, Lydia, Abigail. Joseph has been serving on staff at Marion Avenue for 10 years. In 2011 Joseph became our senior Pastor.




    Dan Woodward has been the bus director for Marion Avenue for over 30 years. He and his wife, Mary Jane have two grown sons, Justin & John.




    Michael grew up at Marion Avenue serving faithfully in the various ministries of the church. Upon completion of Bible college, he married his lovely wife Bekah. They served in churches in Indiana and Oregon before coming home to Marion Avenue. God is using the Griswolds greatly in the role of Assistant Pastor.


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    Michael grew up at Marion Avenue serving faithfully in the various ministries of the church. Upon completion of Bible college, he married his lovely wife Bekah. They served in churches in Indiana and Oregon before coming home to Marion Avenue. God is using the Griswolds greatly in the role of Assistant Pastor.


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Calendar of events in 2015 for Marion Avenue Baptist Church


Here are some of our many ministries


    8-9 - Grace Tournament

    17 - Warriors Home Game

    22 - Special Prayer Meeting for Vision Night

    25 - Missionary Presentation

    26 - Warriors Away Game

    28 - Guest Preacher


    5 - Jolly Sixties Meeting

    6 - Warriors Home Game

    7 - Mid-Winter Youth Revival

    8 - Vision Night 2015

    9 - Warrior Away Game

    11 - 2015 Bible Memorization Launch

    12 - Teen Valentine Banquet

    13 - Warriors Home Game

    14 - Adult Valentine Banquet

    15 - Bus Mechanic Facility Open House

    15 - Heaven’s Sounding “Sweeter” Sunday

    15-17 - Winter Revival

    18 - Midweek Moved to Tuesday

    20 - Warriors “Senior Night” Home Game

    22 - Bus Teen Sunday

    22 - Communion

    27 - Pep Rally

    28 - BB/VB Tournament/ Dr. Terry Anglea



    1 - Workers Protocol Meeting

    3 - Crusader’s Activity

    4 - PeeWee Club 1 Year Anniversary Party

    7 - Sports Award Banquet

    8 - Time Change Sunday (Spring Forward)

    8 - Law Enforcement Appreciation Sunday

    15 - Guest Speaker (Ted Huston)

    15 - Our Time Vision Planning Meeting

    21 - Love Our Community Day

    22 - Our Time Sponsorship Sunday

    22 - Spring Program Teams Launch

    25 - Our Time Workers Meeting

    26-29 - Spanish Family Conference

    29 - English/Spanish Bilingual Service


    2 - All Night Prayer for Our Time

    4 - Super Saturday of Soulwinng - Easter

    5 - Spring Program Launch Week #1

    5 - Easter Sunday (Each One; Reach One & Candy Hunt)

    5 - Our Time Prayer Program Launch

    12 - Spring Program Week #2

    13-15 - Our Time Work days

    15 - Our Time Prayer Service

    16-17 - Our Time Youth Conference

  • MAY

    1-3 - Jolly Sixties Trip to Sight & Sound

    3 - Spanish Mother/Daughter Banquet

    7 - Others Offering

    9 - Mother/Daughter Dinner & Overnight

    11 - Mothers’ Day

    11 - Missionary Presentation PM

    11 - Care Program Meeting

    12 - Highschool Seniors Outing

    17 - Homeschool Graduation

    24 - Youth Activity (Wild Cat Den)

    28 - GSBC Tour Group

  • JUNE

    1 - Dinner on the Grounds (Drive-in Big Day)

    4 - Others Offering

    5 - Jolly Sixties Program

    6 - Crusader Campout

    8 - Growth Life Journal Discipleship

    Meetings (Sunday Nights at 5:00 -next 5 weeks)

    10 - All Night Prayer Meeting for Great

    Commission Sunday

    14 - Men of Faith Night

    15 - Father’s Day

    16-19 - Teen Trip to Creation Science


    16-20 - Junior Camp

    21 - Singles & Couples Activity Wildcat Den

    22 - Great Commission Sunday

                   (Salvation/Baptism/Membership Emphasis Sunday)

    27 - LACP Vision Meeting

    28 - Super Saturday of Soulwinning

  • JULY

    2 - Others Offering

    3 - Patriotic Picnic/Service/Fireworks

    5 - Family Day CRBC

    6 - God & Country Day (Drive-In Big Day)

    10-12 - Shoot Camp (CRBC)

    14-18 - Teen Camp

    20 - Brown’s 3rd Anniversary as Pastor

    25-26 - Ladies Retreat

    27 - Rodeo


    4-8 - Man Camp

    6 - Others Offering

    7 - Jolly Sixties Program

    8 - Rise and Stand Conference (Canton)

    10 - Crusaders Day of VBS

    11 - Ground Breaking for Bus Facility

    15-16 - Men & Boys Retreat

    17 - Water Wars Sunday

    21 - Thursday midweek Service

    21-24 - Missions Conference

    24 - Missions Sunday (Drive-In Big Day)

    30 - Youth Activity (Old Threshers)

    31 - Care Program Meeting



    1 - Labor Day

    3 - Others Offering

    4 - Jolly Sixties Program

    11 - All Night Prayer Meeting for

    Anniversary Sunday

    13 - Bible Reading/Memorization Party

    14 - Horse Back Riding Sunday

    14 - Communion

    20 - Super Saturday of Soulwinning

    27-28 - Carnival Bus Ministry Double Run

    28 - OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY (41st Church



    1 - Others Offering

    2 - Jolly Sixties Program

    3 - BB/VB Season Launch

    9 - LACP All Night Prayer Meeting

    11 - LACP Action Meeting

    12 - Parent/Baby Dedication Day (Drive in

    Big Day)

    18 - Hay Rack Ride

    19 - Teen Sunday

    23-26 - Spanish Revival Conference

    31 - Children’s Harvestville Farm Activity


    1 - Super Saturday of Soulwinning

    1 - Time Change Sunday

    3 - LACP Recordings Begin

    5 - Jolly Sixties Program

    8 - Veterans Honor Day

    9 - LACP Staging Construction Begins

    21 - Part Play Practice

    22 - LACP Chili Cook off and Pie


    25 - Thanksgiving Fellowship

    26 - Thanksgiving

    27 - Christmas Parade


    30 - LACP Work Day

    1 - LACP Full Rehearsal

    2 - LACP Full Rehearsal & Church

    3 - LACP Full Rehearsal

    4 - LACP Full Rehearsal

    7 - LACP Full Rehearsal (Choir/Angels)

    8 - LACP Last Rehearsal & Church



    20 - Bus Gifts Sunday

    23 - Teen Christmas Party

    23 - Candle Light Service

    24 - Christmas Eve

    25 - Christmas Day

    31 - Watch Night Service and Fellowship



    Children's Ministry

    Welcome to “Kid’s Crusaders”, the children’s ministry of Marion Avenue! It is so exciting to see what the Lord is doing in our church and in the lives of children.


    Our Time Youth Conference

    This is a youth conference hosted by the Marion Avenue Baptist Church of Washington, Iowa. We are a Biblical, Independent, Fundamental Baptist Church. We believe in one Bible, the King James Bible.  We believe in old-fashioned Bible preaching, teaching and Christ honoring music.


    Bus Ministry

    Every week hundreds of children, teenagers and adults choose to ride one of our buses to church. Here we offer Sunday School classes for every age group with trained teachers who address the specific needs and struggles of their class.





    Youth Ministry

    The teen years can be confusing, difficult, and challenging! But they can also be awesome! Through Sunday classes, weekly outreach, annual trips, retreats, and programs, the teens at Marion Avenue are challenged and equipped to live for Christ.





    Marion Avenue is blessed to have a very active music program. In addition to regular congregational singing, each service we are blessed to have two music specials by various groups and two choir specials by our fifty voice choir.



    Over the past three decades, Marion Avenue Baptist Church has supported many mission works throughout the world. Marion Avenue Baptist currently supports more than 100 missionaries who are taking the gospel of Christ throughout the world.



    The Marion Avenue nursery facility is an up-to-date, clean nursery. We have an all female nursery staff that is well trained in keeping your child happy and safe during your visit. Any children, one month through thirty-six months, are allowed in our nursery.





    Senior Saints

    Our Senior Citizens ministry is more affectionately known as the “Jolly Sixties”. Every Sunday morning the “Jolly Sixties” class meets at 10:00am for a time of refreshment and studying God’s Word.





    Since 1973, thousands of people have trusted Christ as their personal Saviour through our services, classes, and ministries. Each week many of our members participate in volunteer community outreach throughout Southeast Iowa.


    Spanish Ministry

    Iglesia Bautista Marion Avenue has a full Spanish church program. We have Sunday school and two services on Sunday and a midweek service on Wednesday night.







The thing that drew us to this church in the first place was it's heart for the lost! We've never seen anything like it before!  We have found friends here and true meaning in life!  We love this church and it's people and wouldn't trade it for anything!


Ebersole Family; Wellman, Iowa

Marion Avenue Baptist Church is more than a Church, it is a family. Never have we been to a place that is more friendly. We are loved and cared for and most importantly, fed from the word of God.  It's a little piece of Heaven on Earth. We are so thankful that we get to raise our boys under the teachings/preaching of Pastor Joseph Brown.


J & R Fear; Cedar Rapids, Iowa


215 South Marion Avenue
Washington, Iowa


Tel   : 855.825.4113

 MABC is a little "Paradise On Earth" for us. This amazing church accepts anybody with love and friendship. Not only do we have solid Gospel messages week after week from our young Preacher Brown, but we can enjoy good, old-time music, lots of exciting events and an abundance of caring and loyal friends.


P. Frier; Washington, Iowa

We love this church because it is still teaching and standing on the same Biblical truths it did 40 yrs ago. It's a place where you are taught how to build strong Christian families and marriages. We have made so many wonderful friends here!  It's a church that's alive and that has a burden for the lost.


J & B Hammes; Fairfield, Iowa




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