Marion Avenue is a place where lives are changed.  For almost 50 years Marion Avenue Baptist Church has served the city of Washington and its surrounding communities by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and we are witnesses of the gospel’s transforming power.  When you drive by the properties of Marion Avenue Baptist Church you may notice the large building that God has graciously blessed us with.  Yet the wonderful thing about Marion Avenue is that it does not have a “large church” feel.  Each individual is special and important here.  We believe that God has a purpose for every life. Our desire is to help introduce people to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their personal relationship with Him


Visiting a church can be intimidating but when it comes to Marion Avenue, you can relax.

We’re not perfect.

That’s probably why we make such close family, we are all a work in progress and seek to grow in grace.  We are not here to evaluate you, but to welcome you.  Don’t worry about having to measure up or fit in.  We really mean it when we say that “At Marion Avenue you’re not only welcome, you’re wanted.”

We’re about a Relationships

We believe that the bible teaches that the most important thing any of us can have is a personal relationship with Christ.  If you are new to that, that’s ok, we would love to show you where to start!  There is no tradition, no structure, and no systems more important than your relationship with Jesus.  That is our focus here at Marion Avenue; A Relationship, not a Religion.

We speak plain English.

We worship Jesus, study the Bible, and encourage each other in simple terms you’ll be able to connect to your daily life.  We believe and teach what the Bible actually says and why it matters.  The truth in the pages of God’s word are as relevant today as when they were penned.  Through the teaching and preaching of God’s Word we can help show you how to apply that Truth to life in the twenty-first century.

We’re normal people.

When you walk through the doors of Marion Avenue Baptist Church you will find hard working people, just like you.  People looking for encouragement, for help, for hope, and for a better understanding of God’s Word.  We really are just regular, friendly people who have found some good friends who also have found faith in Jesus Christ.


Your experience with us will be encouraging and enjoyable

First, expect a friendly, grace-filled culture.

The gospel of grace is the center of everything we do at Marion Avenue Baptist. Our family is warm and welcoming. 

Expect some help along the way.

Greeters will welcome you with some information about the services and help you find classes and nurseries, as well as some new friends!

Expect to find a place where you fit.

Nurseries, children’s ministries, and adult classes are all well-planned and prepared so that your Sunday is a well-invested time of personal growth.

Expect meaningful worship.

At Marion Avenue, we worship Jesus. Our goal is pleasing Jesus, not entertainment, and we believe the service will touch you deeply.

Expect a practical Bible message.

Pastor Joseph will teach and preach the Word of God. The messages will apply God’s wisdom to real-life situations. The Bible has the answers you’ve been looking for, and it’s essential for your journey through life.

Expect to be impacted  by truth for the better.

Our goal is simple—to love and encourage you by giving you the truth. Whatever you’re facing, wherever you come from, whatever decisions you are up against—God’s word will be exalted and God’s love will make a massive difference.

Expect to connect and grow personally.

Every week, Marion Avenue Baptist welcomes guests from throughout southeast Iowa. Many of them are burnt out on either religion or secularism, and are sincerely looking for a truthful, spiritual alternative to both. We believe Jesus’ gospel is the only true answer for the longing of a person’s soul.

Marion Avenue is for the skeptic or the believer.

Whether you believe in Jesus or not, have an open mind and come hear Jesus’ message taught clearly and practically. Investigate who Jesus really is and discover what most religions never tell you about the Bible. To discover more, download the free eBook—DONE!