Walnut Creek Highland Park Hosts First Service In New Building

Walnut Creek Church was planted in 1984 when a group of people from our sister church in Ames (Stonebrook Community Church), moved to Des Moines and began meeting together in homes. In 1991, we purchased our first church building in Windsor Heights. Nearly ten years later in March 2000 we held our first satellite location in an elementary school in Waukee. 

The location was later moved to Horizon Elementary School in Johnston, becoming Walnut Creek Johnston. After growing and serving together there for the last 15 years, the congregation is ready to follow God's leading to a new place: the Highland Park neighborhood on the north side of Des Moines.

Walnut Creek Highland Park met for the first time in their new building this past weekend, May 1. "This Sunday was very encouraging after spending so many weeks in the planning process. Last week a lot of people put in hours cleaning, painting, and transforming the main level," said Pastor Bob Joy. 

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Walnut Creek Highland Park is sharing the building with Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren.

Walnut Creek Highland Park is sharing the building with Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren, who have been in the building for 70 years. 

"God answered our prayers with this new 24/7 location. We're really excited because God has opened up doors for us to be in a new building where we can love and serve and minister the Gospel seven days a week," said Pastor Joel Swanson. 

Walnut Creek Johnston met in Horizon Elementary School on Sunday mornings for 15 years.
Walnut Creek Highland Park is located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Shawnee Avenue. They meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and welcome everyone to come check out their new location. 

"We're looking forward to the opportunity to let the neighborhood know we're here to serve and to love," said Joel. "We have experienced a new vitality as a body through this process. They're bringing life to this place."