what we believe

The 1.3-million members and over 5,200 congregations of American Baptist Churches USA share with more than 42 million Baptists around the world a common tradition begun in the early 17th century.  That tradition has emphasized the Lordship and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, believers’ baptism, the competency of all believers to be in direct relationship with God and to interpret Scripture, the importance of the local church, the assurance of freedom in worship and opinion, and the need to be Christ’s witnesses within society.


Mercy & Rick Barnes serving in Mexico
Adalia & Ray Schelliger-Gutieriz serving in Mexico 

our mission

First Baptist Church is a “being and doing” church engaged in God’s missional activities with our community and in the broader world beyond.

Pastor steve swanholm

First Baptist Church of Eagle Grove, Iowa

Sunday school

All ages welcome! 9:00 am Sundays

Supporting Missionaries:
America for Christ Offering:
Dayton Oaks Church Camp:
World Mission Offering:
One Great Hour of Sharing.
Radio Station KJYL:.


10 am every Sunday

Share Christmas:
Retired Ministers and Missionaries:
Food Pantry:
White Cross:
Disaster Aid both local

and around the word.


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 Notes from Pastor’s desk 
Notes from Pastor’s Desk

A Look at a shepherd thru God’s eyes and what it means to be one of God’s Sheep.

In Ezekiel Chapter 34 God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the shepherds of His flock Israel for He was extremely angry with them because they were not following His desires for them to take care of His sheep spiritually not physically only looking out for themselves.  So, He said He will be the shepherd of His flock. This is a prophecy that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ as He declares in John Chapter 10:7-15. First He declares He’s the gate for the sheep referring to the sheepfold and how the shepherd lays down to block the entrance as a door.  Those who are His sheep He lets in and those not His, He will keep out. What will He say when you get to the door of Heaven?  

This leads to the question are you one of His sheep?  How do you know? Will He say “Welcome my child “or “sorry I never knew you”?  First, he says believe in Him (Jesus) that’s more than acknowledging His existence, He is more than a great teacher, prophet or a historical figure, HE IS GOD-God incarnate sent to redeem His creation and in particular you and I.  He gave His Life for each of us individually—check John 10: 14 & 15. We must believe in Him for salvation. Believing in Him is twofold. Faith in who He is and what He said He has and will do for us.  Obedience—to follow Him completely in His will—not for salvation but because of His love for us and we must love Him back with obedience. 

Why is God the Good shepherd?  In Psalms 23 He provides all our needs:  He leads us, provides for us, refreshes us, guides us, protects us, and comforts us.  He loves us perfectly and is preparing for an even better home with Him. 

How Great Our Savior and Good Shepherd!!  Do you know Him? Take time today to get to know Him.  DON’T DELAY

One of His 

Pastor Steve


Happenings at the First Baptist Church

We gather together Sunday Mornings at 10:00 to worship together as a family
What to expect:  A relaxed, family-type atmosphere.  There is no dress code.
Styles of dress from jeans and T-shirts to suits and dresses will be seen in the sanctuary.

1st Sunday of every month is Open Communion.

1st Sunday Evening:
Sunday evening Skill Sharing

2nd Sunday Evening:
Sunday evening Skill Sharing

3rd Sunday Evening:
“Movie Night” a movie which brings God’s messages to life.  Soda and popcorn are served.

4th Sunday Evening:
“Sing-A-Long” an opportunity to sing the hymns of old and new and specials songs by individual.

Sunday School:
Sunday school is for all ages.  We meet at 9:00 am each Sunday to learn about God’s word.

Bible Study
A bible study, open to all, is held in Fellowship Hall on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. 

Wednesday Night Supper at 5:30 p.m.

Supper will be served for all. Music and  Bible Studies to follow. Baby sitting provided as well as rides.

Our choir members meet once a week to practice songs for presentation at the Sunday Service.  There is always room for more in our choir.

(Forever Young Fellowship)
Designed for young and old alike who enjoy fellowship and good food. They meet the 2nd Thursday of the month for food, fellowship and faith.


AB Women’s Ministries is a Christ-centered ministry with a commitment to encourage and empower women and girls to serve God.  We meet on an alternative basis afternoon and evening.  We meet the third Thursday afternoon at 2:00 PM  and  the third Monday evening at 6:00PM.  Our goal is mission minded working on White Cross and many mission projects.  All women are invited to our meetings.

Family Fun Night
There are Saturday's set aside as Family Fun Night.  Food, fellowship, and fun are the goals.  We have had game nights, wiener roasts, pizza night, entertain the group home residents, decorating the church, Christmas Caroling and many more fun times. 

Faithfully Serving God and Man.  The men of the First Baptist Church meet the first Saturday of each month for breakfast.  Through prayer and study we want to bring men and boys into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.   Our mission is service minded, serving the needs of our church and community.

First Baptist Church of Eagle Grove