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 in 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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Brian Koelsch

Teaching and Missions Pastor

Brian Graduated from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies.

He served as Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Wever, Iowa for five years before accepting the teaching/missions pastor position here at FCC in February of 2018.

Brian married his amazing wife Annie back in 1998 and they have 11, yes 11, children and three grandchildren.

Brian loves to teach and study God’s word. He oversees the teaching ministry as well as the missions ministry here at FCC.

His vision is to help us get excited about missions and the missionaries we support and help us all grow deeper in our understanding of God’s life-changing Word.

He also has a passion to help us reach all of Parkersburg with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Contact Pastor Brian at brian.fccparkersburg@gmail.com

Martin DeWitt

Shepherding Pastor

Martin and his family are from Olathe, KS, a suburb of Kansas City.

Martin is attending Western Seminary, finishing a Master of Divinity degree and holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medicine from Creighton University.

Martin previously worked vocationally as a Pediatric Trauma Nurse before being called into ministry.

He previously served as a Pastoral Apprentice in Olathe, serving in discipling, teaching, and preaching roles.

In his vocational and ministerial experience, his heart has been cultivated to faithfully shepherd God’s people, and proclaim the Word of God. 

Martin seeks to glorify God in all things as he serves the church beside his wife, Mandy.

They are raising three wonderful children: Emma, Henric, and Greta. 

Contact Pastor Martin at martin.fccpburg@gmail.com

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 fcccustodians@gmail.com

Cheryl McGlumphy

Church Secretary

Cheryl has been married to William McGlumphy for 35 years and has 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. They have also hosted 7 exchange students from several countries.

Being a church secretary was on Cheryl’s bucket list ever since she was young. She loves helping out at the church, riding motorcycles, going to Bible studies, doing crafts, and spending time with her husband.

Contact Cheryl at fccpburg@gmail.com

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 – 5:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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