“By Request” Sermon Series

This summer, sermon topics are based on questions or topics submitted by members.  Thanks to everyone for your interest and ideas!

June 23 – “How Do People Get Called to Ministry?”
June 30 – Guest preacher Dr. Gary Grogan
July 7 – “Explain Grace”
July 14 – Guest preacher Rev. Joanne Jacobs
July 21 – "How Should the Church Handle People with Grief, Illness, and Sadness in the Congregation?"

July 28 – “Finding Joy”
August 4 – worship at Brookside Park with FCC and UCC
August 11 – “Feminism and the Bible”
August 18 – “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”
August 25 – “A Scientist Looks at Life from a Faith Perspective”
September 1 – “Prayer as a Way of Life”

September 8 - Worship Under the Trees, 1 Corntihians 13

September 15 - "What is God's First Name?"

Worship Under the Trees

Sunday, September 8, 9:45 am

worship on the front lawn

meal with Hickory Park BBQ follows!


 Join us this Sunday!       Worship 9:45a       Fellowship 11:00a    

Our choir presenting "How Can I Keep from Singing," the anthem by Mark Grizzard commissioned for our 150th Anniversary Celebration. 

New Book on FBC History

by Pastor David Russell

64 pages, full color photos


What connection do evangelist Billy Sunday, retail magnate J.C. Penney, the first mutual health insurance program in the country, and the Delaware Indians have with First Baptist Church? Learn about all of this and more in Blessing the Past, Building the Future: The History of the First Baptist Church of Ames, IowaClick here to order your copy.


Welcome!  We are an American Baptist  congregation located in the heart of the Iowa State University community.  First Baptist is a mix of college students, families, current and retired ISU faculty and staff, and folks from all over the Ames area.  We strive for:

  • joyful worship that engages both heart and mind
  • deep fellowship that enriches our life together
  • compassionate service in our community and world


We are located in Campustown, one block south of the ISU Memorial Union.  We are "building an inclusive family of faith" and invite you to join us!