Three years ago, Jaysson and Leah Gurwell were trying to sell their house to move their family to Altoona where Gurwell was serving as apprentice pastor at High Point Church. The house almost sold but then the sale fell through. “God was telling us it just wasn’t going to happen,” Gurwell says.
High Point Church is part of an engaged church planting network through Saylorville Church in Des Moines. Saylorville Church is the sending church. As the few years passed, the network decided it was time to plant another church. They planted Redeemer Church, their fourth church plant, in Winterset this past summer and commissioned Gurwell to be the pastor allowing them to stay in their community and revealing God’s plan for their family.
“We are not really a denomination,” he says, “We are a protestant, evangelical, gospel-centered church.” The church is about reaching the unchurched and unsaved people who haven’t been to church in a long time.
Nine families were a part of the core planting group. Five of those families moved to Winterset to help start the church which has a casual laid back service on Sunday morning. “We have a mixed contemporary style of worship. We sing old and new songs and we preach the bible,” Gurwell says. Worship is led each Sunday by Justin Schneider who is part of the planting group.
The church is a people oriented not a program oriented church. They preach the works of Christ. “We proclaim things we believe corporately and work at developing deeper relationships,” he says. The church is also working on doing one-on-one biblical counseling and helping people work through issues. They hope in the future to train lay people to help with counseling.
For now they are still under the leadership of Saylorville Church. They hope in a year they will be on their own with their own elders and deacons. “We felt a call to create a place of genuine worship and seeing people respond to God’s word is exciting. Seeing God work radically in people’s lives and bring these things all together is amazing,” Gurwell says.
Coffee is at 9:30 a.m. and the service starts at 10 a.m located at 68 E. Court Avenue. For more information call 515-554-3512.