Posted on



For 160 years now, Charles City’s oldest church operation has been First Baptist and the Chamber Ambassadors recently visited with Pastor Ruth Yeaton to learn more and help celebrate the noteworthy milestone anniversary. Yeaton has led the church for the past 17 years, which is housed in a modern structure at 105 Chapel Lane, built in 1971 after the tornado of 1968 destroyed the church’s previous home across the street.

“This is a wonderful congregation of folks who are very eager to serve the community and to be good citizens of the community,” Yeaton explained. “We are a missional church, concerned about outreach, which is why we do Operation Christmas Child each year to send shoe boxes full of items to children internationally who are in need.”

First Baptist also offers Vacation Bible School each summer and in the fall serves up hot chocolate and 400 hot dogs free of charge to Spookwalk participants as they wait in line. “Just part of our involvement in the community,” said Yeaton.

Service time each Sunday is 10 a.m., with an Educational Hour offered at 9 a.m. for all ages. A nursery is available to families during service time.

Yeaton noted that following the tornado the First Baptist congregation worshipped at the local mortuary until the current church building was constructed. The stained glass window behind the pulpit is a survivor of that tornado.

To learn more about First Baptist Church and what it has to offer, please call (641) 228-1906 or stop in and visit with Pastor Yeaton in person.

Social Share