This posting is no longer available. This is either because the employer has filled the position or the position has closed. Click here to find more jobs like this one.
Squaw Creek Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Squaw Creek Baptist Church
Marion, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 03/07/2016
Categories: Senior Adult Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Profile of Squaw Creek Baptist Church - Marion, Iowa





This profile is intended to give an incoming pastoral candidate a clear and concise picture of Squaw Creek Baptist Church (SCBC) and the surrounding area. This profile was developed, in part, from information gathered by the members of the pulpit committee, a congregational survey, given to the church members and regular attenders, a community demographic study, done by Conservative Baptist North Central (CBNC), and miscellaneous information gathered from other sources. It is the hope and desire of the pulpit committee that a cursory reading of this profile will equip a potential pastor with enough information to allow him to get a good sense of who we are at SCBC, where we are located, and what our future expectations are in a shepherd to lead us.


Members of the pulpit search committee, elected by the church, are:


Brenda Baily

Dennis Cunningham

Mary Lou Lindaman

Mel Mysak

Pete Peterson

John Roberts

Jeff Stickley


SCBC Mission Statement:


“Squaw Creek Baptist Church exists to be a living expression of God’s love and truth. Our mission is to enjoy God through worship and fellowship; and to introduce people to Christ, lead them to Christian maturity, and prepare them for ministry.”


Vision/Purpose Statements:


A Living Expression


We are the only Bible some people will ever read. Living the truth   must go hand in hand with proclaiming God’s love.   Matt 5:14-16.


Enjoying Godly Worship:


We encourage personal and corporate worship that is relevant and authentic. “Worship is the believer’s response of all that he is – mind, emotions, will, and body – to all that God is and says and does.” Loving God must be our highest calling and obeying Him our highest priority.  Matt 22:37-38.


Enjoying Godly Fellowship:


Godly fellowship emanates from conversation among believers about spiritual truth and its claim on our lives. This fellowship is crucial to our growth in unity as a church family. We fellowship in many different ways. Baptism and communion are biblical ordinances of fellowship. Furthermore, we encourage fellowship throughout the facets of the church and home life.    Acts 2:42-47


Introducing People to Christ:


We want to share God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ to everyone in the Cedar Rapids area and beyond. We will saturate our sphere of influence with the gospel, convincing each person of God’s holiness and love while persuading them toward repentance and faith.     Matt 28:16-20


Encouragement to Christian Maturity:


This will be accomplished in the believer’s life through the study, teaching, and preaching of God’s word. The Bible charges us with growth in all areas of spiritual knowledge and obedience. Believers must discover, develop, and use their spiritual gifts in ministry. Furthermore, we must not be spectators, but rather active participants in God’s work.  Eph 4:11-16.


Preparation Toward Effective Ministry:


Ministry is the application of God’s love and truth to the spiritual needs of others. Accomplishment of this goal sometimes begins with addressing peoples’ physical, emotional, or relational needs. Effective ministry flows out of a heart that loves God. Ministry is the fundamental responsibility of every believer. Our goal is to equip every believer for ministry. Let us serve on another in love.     Eph 4:17-32.





With the encouragement and sponsorship of Noelridge Baptist Church of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the first services of the Squaw Creek Baptist Church (SCBC) were held on September 12, 1971. SCBC is affiliated with the North Central Conservative Baptist Association and the Conservative Baptist Association of America, having been accepted into membership in 1972 (since changed to Conservative Baptist North Central CBNC). Said organizations are in no matter responsible for the debts of the Church. The Church was incorporated as an Iowa Religious Non-Profit Corporation on August 30, 1972. According to the Constitution and By-Laws: “The objectives of this church shall be the worship of God, the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, the sharing of Christ to the lost in the community, the building up of the believers in the Christian faith, the education of the young and old in the precepts of the Bible and the Christian faith and practice, the administration of the ordinances of Baptism and Lord’s Supper, and the evangelization of the world through the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.”

In its beginning, the church utilized the rented facilities of Wilkins Elementary School, Marion, Iowa, until December 1979 when the new church facility was completed.

While supporting a full-time pastor and sharing in the support of several missionaries, the church began a building fund for the purposes of searching out property to purchase. On December 17, 1974, a 3.45-acre tract of land at 1410 44th Street was purchased. On February 28, 1977, the purchase contract was paid in full and title to the property was acquired.

The new church building was completed in December 1979 and the first official service was held on February 3, 1980. Squaw Creek Baptist Church dedicated the new building to Christian service on March 30, 1980.


A Brief Timeline of Major Events at SCBC:

February 1971

Noelridge Baptist church votes to start a mission church. Steering committee: Dorothy Hanson, Perry Jayne, John Knupp, and John Roberts

May 1971

Founding families hold the first prayer meeting in Wilkin’s Elementary School/Marion. Founding families: Ray Batchelders’, Don Conreids’, Dorothy Hanson, Terry Hanson, Les Hilsabecks’, Ray Howks’, Perry Jaynes’, Kermit Jelmelands’, John Knupps’, Gary Lathrope, Nadine McMurrin, Bob Painters’, Phillip Petersons’ John Roberts’, Wally Searcys’ and Fred Thompsons’

July 1971

First Worship Service and Sunday School held, (Wilkin’s Elementary). Kermit Jelmeland (Donna) called to be the Senior Pastor. Vote approved to identify as Squaw Creek Baptist Church.

September 1971

Official beginning of all church services

March 1972

First deacon board elected (Les Hilsabeck, Perry Jayne, and John Roberts).

April 1972


Vote to approve by-laws and to affiliate with the Conservative Baptist Association of America.

August 1972

First Baptismal Service was held at Pinicon Ridge State Park.

June 1973

First Building Committee elected.

August 1974

The congregation purchased 3.5 acres/ present site/ 1410 44th St. Marion, IA

December 1975

Pastor Jelmeland’s departure as pastor.

** June 1976


Building Committee elected (SEE JUNE 1973) need clarification

December 1976

Bruce Peterson (Sharon) called to be Senior Pastor, effective 3/6/77.

April 1978

Church building plans approved

December 1979

First service held in new building/ regular services began 2/3/80

March 1980

Dedication of the new church building

May 1980

First Baptismal Service in new building

September 1980

AWANA ministry was started at SCBC

August 1981

Doug Benedict (Linda) began his ministry as Minister of Discipleship

September 1981

An additional Morning Worship Service was added, (8:15 a.m.)

November 1982

Pastor Peterson’s departure as Senior Pastor

May 1983

Tom Heflin (Valerie) called to be Senior Pastor, effective 6/12/83

June 1983

Pastor Benedict’s departure as Minister of Discipleship

September 1983

Extra ministry space rented at Wilkin’s Elementary School

January 1984

Building Committee elected to consider expansion options

May 1988

Constitutional changes were approved for a Trustee Board. First “Trustee” election 8/7/88

December 1989

Pastor Heflin’s departure as Senior Pastor

November 1990

Michael Kleeberger (Janet) called to be Senior Pastor, effective 2/3/91

January 1992

Church votes to approve architect (Leo Pfeiffer) for building expansion project

April 1992

An additional Morning Worship Service was added (8:00 a.m.)

February 1993

Jerry Parker (Rilla) began his ministry as Assistant Pastor of Youth and Christian Education

March 1993

Church votes to approve Phase II expansion and bond issue (435K)

April 1993

Construction of Phase II began

March 1994

Phase II Construction complete

September 1994

Dedication service for Phase II addition. Praise God, what a blessing this addition has been.

March 1995

New church sign erected in memory of Roger Bartlett


Church body life continues/ many blessings/ spiritual, numerical and giving growth

July 2002

Pastor Parker’s departure as Assistant Pastor of Youth and C.E.

January 2003

Bond issue payment for Phase II is completed

March 2003

Scott Dossett (Traci) began his ministry as Assistant Pastor of Youth & C.E.

October 2005

Paul Taylor (Julia) began his ministry as Assistant Pastor of Worship & Outreach

June 2008

Pastor Taylor’s departure as Assistant Pastor of Worship & Outreach

April 2009

Pastor Dossett’s departure as Assistant Pastor of Youth & C.E.

October 2010

Anthony Saul (Cheryl) began his ministry as Assistant Pastor of Youth & Worship

    February 2011

Entire church renovation completed (chairs replaced pews; new carpet, paint, etc.)

July 2011

SCBC 40th anniversary celebration

February 2015

Pastor Anthony Saul was ordained by SCBC

February 2016

Pastor Kleeberger’s retirement as Senior Pastor after serving SCBC for 25 years.


What does SCBC currently look like?


The following information was taken from a much larger data bank gathered by means of a congregational survey conducted by the pulpit search committee. This data was formulated, distributed, analyzed, and interpreted by members of the pulpit committee. Sixty-four, of the 133 surveys distributed (48%) were returned. Anyone desiring to see the entire amount of data may request a copy of the results from the pulpit committee chairman at Squaw Creek Baptist Church.

Our congregation comes from the Marion area as well as the surrounding communities. The staff of SCBC consists of a full-time Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor, along with a part-time congregational nurse, a secretary, and a custodian. Our church is congregationally governed along with elected deacon board. In addition, we have a trustee and a deaconess board. As of 2016, our membership is 109. Our annual budget is $225,812 with a weekly need of $4342.54. We are a mission-minded church so our missionary budget is currently at 19% of the total budget. There are at least six different school systems represented in our congregation as well as several home schooled students. We have two worship services on Sunday mornings with an 8 o’clock service averaging 50 and a 10:30 service, which averages around 100. Our Sunday evening service is held at 6:30 p.m. with an average attendance of about 30. Sunday school classes are offered at 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Our average attendance is around 90. We have a nursery for children up to 2 years old, we offer classes for 2 & 3 year olds, 4 & 5 year olds, elementary Sunday school classes are: 1st & 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, 9th – 12th grade and two to three adult classes. In August, we do not offer classes but instead a fellowship time. The idea is to give our teaching staff a little break in the summertime.

On Wednesday evenings, the Senior Pastor leads an adult Bible study, our Associate Pastor leads the youth group composed of the Jr. High and Sr. High schoolers, and the AWANA program is lead for the elementary age children.

We also offer several ministries throughout the week and year, which include Chimers-for-Christ, interpretive dance (new in 2015), basketball outreach, several in-home Bible studies, a Harvest Party (to supplant Halloween), an adult Christmas party, Sonshine Breakfast, Reminisce group, Operation Christmas Child, men’s and women’s activities, an annual mission conference, a children’s Christmas program, vacation Bible school, and others that become available.


As to how the members and attenders feel about SCBC, the following comments, from the survey, will add some light to that concept.


Concerning strengths of SCBC, most of those surveyed feel that:

  • they have a sound doctrinal foundation due to Biblical preaching and teaching
  • the church does a good job in supporting and sending missionaries
  • church does a good job of meeting both physical, emotional, and spiritual needs
  • a good participation creates an atmosphere of praise and worship
  • they are growing spiritually and increasing in their faith
  • the church has a very good Christian education program
  • the leadership are effective counselors and meet needs in this area
  • about half the people are involved in small groups for the purpose of Bible study, prayer, and support
  • most spend regular amounts of time in Bible reading and prayer
  • the church is very friendly toward visitors
  • leadership keeps things running smoothly
  • most are very comfortable with interactions with leadership
  • the church correctly handles issues of sin and church discipline


Concerning weaknesses at SCBC, the following comments were mentioned by survey takers:


  • too much repetition in music lyrics
  • worship time tends to be too long, cutting time for sermon
  • praise songs need to be Biblical not just assume they are
  • lack luster in praise music
  • church sometimes seems old-fashioned to younger generation
  • church doesn’t always listen to the younger crowd
  • not enough younger families in congregation
  • too little young adult programming
  • cliquish groups, especially when leaders are included
  • lack of diversity on deacon board
  • two services splits the congregation and makes it difficult to get to know each other
  • weak outreach to community and nonbelievers


The demographics of the members and attenders of SCBC can be summarized as follows. The majority of attenders have been coming for over 10 years. Over 75% are members. About three quarters of those attending have been a Christian for over 20 years. Over 60% of the flock is over 50 years old, with about 30% being under 40 years old. About 60% have some college or possess a college degree. Around 50% came from a Brethren background with about 17% coming from no religious background. Nearly all are white, middle class people from the surrounding area. Over 80% of attenders spend from 1-4 hours weekly in volunteer work at SCBC.




A summary of the demographics of the surrounding area of SCBC follows. In all directions from the church building, there is available housing, apartments, mobile homes, and residential construction sites. Located on the east side of the city of Marion, the area is becoming one of the largest areas for residential housing growth in the vicinity.

The city of Marion is located to the north and east of the city of Cedar Rapids. Marion has a population of 35,843 (2012 census). Being located adjacent to the city of Cedar Rapids (population of 128,000), the economic factors affecting both cities are quite varied. Adjacent to the city of Marion, there are two industrial parks of around 350 acres. There are industries of all types offering many employment opportunities. Marion is located in Linn County, which has a population of 215,000.

There are two high schools, Marion High and Linn-Mar High serving the city. Linn-Mar district has the following enrollments at the last census: K-5 – 3201; 6-8 – 1515; 9-12 – 1778; total – 6827. The graduation rate is 94%. Marion Independent School District has a total enrollment of 2862 (up 25% since 2000). The average class size is 22. Marion high has a graduation rate of 94%. There are also 2 Christian schools in the area, Cedar Valley and Isaac Newton. Finally, there is a large group of students (over 1000) that are being home schooled from the area.

There are 2 hospitals in Cedar Rapids, namely Mercy Care and St. Luke’s with a total of 530 beds. The university of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are only 30 minutes away. There are 2 urgent care facilities located in Marion. Marion also offers a new police station; 2 fire stations and a modern public library. There are also 29 churches in the city. There are too many small businesses to mention.

A summary of predictions concerning the area around SCBC, according to the demographic study by CBNC, are as follows:


  • moderate population growth in the next 10 years
  • adults have a very high education attainment
  • very homogeneous community with 89% being white, non-Hispanic
  • below the state average in poverty
  • household incomes projected to rise within next few years
  • 66% jobs are white collar, with 34% being blue collar


Much more information is available from the entire study that was undertaken. If there is a desire to see the total data pool, a copy can be requested from the chairman of the pulpit committee at SCBC.




Point of interest: Family Circle Magazine recently announced the results of its exclusive, data driven, survey to identify Americas’ 10 Best Towns for Families. The brands seventh annual list reveals the country’s top towns that provide affordable housing options, green public spaces, strong school systems, and neighbors to count on ….. Marion was featured as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families in the August 2013 issue.

There are also many smaller rural communities around Marion and several of our active church members live in these communities.


A Look at the Future


Our next Senior Pastor …..


We are a friendly, hard-working, honest group, of a little over 100 believers, who sincerely want to follow a Senior Pastor who is following our Lord. We want to be known in our community as a church that stands on God's Word and uses it as our guide to daily living. We are prayerfully searching for the senior pastor that we are confident God has prepared for us. The man we seek needs to have had at least five years of successful experience as a senior pastor and meet the Biblical requirements of an elder. He must be doctrinally strong and have an evangelistic approach from the pulpit, offering an invitation when appropriate. He needs to be mainly an expository preacher able to rightly divide the Word of God. We desire a man who knows what he believes, why he believes it, and can give a sound scriptural defense for his beliefs. We seek a man who has a heart for honest forthright ministry and is not ashamed to lead SCBC down the path as he feels led by our Lord. We seek a servant leader who relates well to people, has a teachable spirit, and is a team player. Our next pastor would need to be in agreement with our constitution and by-laws, in order to maintain unity within our body. He will need to have good leadership and administrative skills. We desire our senior pastor to be a competent, Biblical counselor, with the ability to relate to a variety of ages from teens to the elderly.


Major responsibilities and duties would include ….


He will preach two Sunday morning services and one less formal Sunday evening service. There is also a Wednesday evening service, where our current pastor is leading a Bible study, while the older youth are meeting with the youth pastor and the younger children are in AWANA. The senior pastor will share visitations with our assistant pastor, parish nurse, and deacons, to our shut-ins, elderly, sick, and any other necessary visits. He will supervise staff, which presently consists of a full-time associate pastor of worship & youth, a part-time secretary, a part-time parish nurse, and a part-time custodian. There are a variety of committees meeting throughout the year where he would be expected to be an ex-officio member, present at some meetings as needed.

A salary and benefit package will be negotiated when the appropriate time arrives.