Known by many in the area as the “Blue-steepled” church, Westkirk Presbyterian Church has become an Urbandale landmark in its 25 years of existence, tucked into the trees of the Colby Woods neighborhood.
Founded in 1986, the original members of the group first met at Indian Hills Junior High in West Des Moines and worked quickly to find a permanent home. The congregation found a plot of available land in Colby Woods and was able to finance the purchase by creating a subdivision of 16 residential lots, which now encircle the church.
Their permanent home was completed in 1992, where its tall blue and white steeple points symbolically to “God on High.” In response to a growing congregation, two additions have been built since, housing space for worship, education and office.
Pastor and Head of Staff Michael Mudlaff was called to serve in 2004 after founding Pastor Wayne Hoffman retired. Charged with the mission of the church — “to help God’s children of all ages to know Christ and to make Him known through the many teachings of God’s Word, discipleship, fellowship and service” — Mudlaff works through his staff of five to carry out this mission.
Offering a Presbyterian, Reformed service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., many traditional worship elements are woven into the service, including congregational prayers, responsive readings, hymns, choir anthems, readings from the Bible and a weekly sermon. On the second Sunday of each month, communion is offered and is open to all in attendance who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
The active congregation is involved in fulfilling the mission of the church through a wide variety of programs, serving the needs of both the congregation and community at large. This is accomplished through programs such as weekly Sunday school for both children and adults, vacation Bible school, Bible studies and more.
Outreach programs reach around the world as the church supports mission efforts in Greece, France, Romania, Mexico and more. Closer to home, parishioners are active in volunteering for Campus Crusade for Christ, Hope Ministries, Freedom for Youth Ministries and Teen Challenge of the Midlands.
Adults at Westkirk meet twice monthly for a program referred to as House Kirks. A House Kirk is a group of eight – 12 people who gather at a host home to encourage growth in Jesus Christ with the guidance of a facilitator in a more intimate environment.Westkirk Presbyterian Church
2700 Colby Woods Drive
Worship: Sunday: 10:30 a.m.