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A New Chapter

Posted January 09, 2013 in Community Featured, West Des Moines
Joshua Farrell, 23, is the senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Joshua Farrell, 23, is the senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Joshua Farrell’s “life verse” is from the Book of 1 Timothy 4:12: “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

That verse speaks volumes about the 23-year-old Farrell’s desire to lead by example considering that he was named Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines in March of 2011. Farrell, who had filled the pulpit at the church for more than one year before that as an interim pastor, has worked hard to rebuild the church while finishing his pastoral studies degree at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny.

“When I first came here, they were thinking of closing the doors. There were some areas that were lacking in leadership, and there were some ministries that had gone by the wayside and needed to be rebuilt,” Farrell says. “Since then the church has quadrupled in size to about 45 members, and people come from all areas of the metro. It’s not a big church, but it is growing with its family style services we offer.”

Farrell knows a thing or two about building churches. He is a third-generation pastor who grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. Since taking over the pulpit at Calvary Baptist Church, which was established here in 1990, he has added a few new ministries. This month, the church will launch a new women’s Bible study group, and this summer plans are underway to possibly initiate a new children’s program.

“When I first visited the church, there was a sense of need, and I wanted to help them out the best I could,” says Farrell, who also holds down a part-time job outside of the church. “There was a real hunger for spiritual growth.”

The young pastor says one of his goals is to see the church reach 75 members by the end of 2013. Still, numbers don’t consume him.

“The main reason I’m here is to help people grow spiritually,” he says.

Calvary Baptist Church
895 S. 60th St.
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday morning worship:
10:30 a.m.
Sunday evening worship: 6 p.m.
Wednesday prayer service:
7 p.m.

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