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Churches of Decatur County, Iowa

The early settler was a true-hearted Christian
and no more thought of going to bed
without saying his prayers than he would to stop breathing.
~ "Pioneer Days," Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa, Thursday, November 4, 1898

NOTE: The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS)
is known as the present-day Community of Christ Church.

  • ANDOVER:
        Andover RLDS Church

  • BLOOMINGTON TOWNSHIP:
        Bloomington Community of Christ Church, 1 mile W & 3 1/2 miles N of Lamoni
        Evergreen RLDS Church
        Tuskeego Church
        unknown church by Lillie Cemetery

  • BRETHERAN CHURCH in Decatur County

  • CENTER TOWNSHIP:
        White Hall Church

  • DAVIS CITY:
        Assembly of God Church
        Church of Christ
        Davis City RLDS Church
        Faith Baptist Church
        Methodist Episcopalian Church
        Sunday School Class, 1918
        Union Church
        United Methodist Church

  • DECATUR:
        Adventist Church
        Assembly of God Church, formerly Rauch School #2, Burrell Twp.
        Christian Church
        Cumberland Presbyterian Church, organized 1857
        Methodist Episcopalian Church
        Methodist Church, Southern Branch
        United Brethren Church
        United Methodist Church
        Trinity Christian Church
        unknown Church

  • DECATUR COUNTY:
        Christian Church, location unknown
        Early Churches
        First Church
        History of East Grand River Baptist Church
        History of The Catholic Church in Decatur County, 1956
        M.E. Conference
        Methodist Church, location unknown
        Round Knoll Church, Long Creek Township

  • DECATUR TOWNSHIP:
        Palestine Baptist Church
        Shy (a.k.a. Union Chapel) Church

  • DUNKARD CHURCH:
        Dunkard Church (American Baptists) in Decatur County

  • EDEN TOWNSHIP:
        Bethel Baptist Church
        Eden Prairie Church  

  • ELK CHAPEL:
        Elk Chapel

  • FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP:
        Fairview Methodist Church
        Franklin Church of The Brethern

  • GARDEN GROVE:
        Methodist Episcopal Church
        Missionary Baptist Church, organized 1849 at Gospel Ridge
        Presbyterian Church
        St. John's Episcopal Church organized 1883

  • GRAND RIVER:
        Assembly of God Church
        Baptist Church (1894 - 1982) merged in 1947 with Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (1877 - 1943),
          present-day God's Holy Spirit Filled People's Church
        God's Holy Spirit Filled People's Church
        Mt. Zion (a.k.a. "Tennessee") Church
        Presbyterian Church, 1866
        St. Mary's Church
        St. Patrick's Catholic Church
        United Methodist Church
        Union Church
        Word With Spirit Ministries

  • GRAND RIVER TOWNSHIP:
        Funktown Church
        Maple Grove Church

  • HAMILTON TOWNSHIP:
        Providence Baptist Church

  • HIGH POINT:
        Good Hope Church
        United Methodist Church

  • LAMONI:
        First Baptist Church
        Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness
        Community Church of Christ, see Lamoni RLDS Church links below
        Lamoni RLDS Church:
          Early Membership Records    Lamoni Stake Reunion, 1906    Clements Letter, 1985
        Lamoni Manor RLDS Church
        United Methodist Church

  • LEON:
        Adventist Church
        Assembly of God Church
        Baptist Church
        Calvery Baptist Church
        Christian Church
        Church of the Brethren
        Church of Christ
        Community of Christ Church
        First Presbyterian Church
        Independent Bible Church
        Leon RLDS Church, see Community of Christ Church
        Loving Chapel United Methodist Church
           History of the Methodist Church, Leon
        Mt. Zion Mennonite Church
        New Salem Baptist Church
        Our Saviors Lutheran Church
        St. Brendan's Church

  • LEROY:
        Methodist Church
        United Presbyterian Church

  • Mt. TABOR CHURCH:
        Mt. Tabor Church, Eden Twp.

  • MORGAN TOWNSHIP:
        Elm Chapel
        Logan Chapel Methodist Church

  • NEW BUDA TOWNSHIP:
        Bethel Baptist Church
        Church of Christ
        Greenville RLDS Church

  • PLEASANTON:
        Community of Christ Church
        Episcopalian Church
        Pleasanton (Little River) RLDS Church
        United Methodist Church

  • REORGANIZED CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (RLDS):
        Branch Records

  • REVIVALS:
        Rev. Andrew J. McMurtrey's Revival, 1903

  • RICHLAND TOWNSHIP:
        Christian Missionary Baptist Church
        Mt. Zion (Tennessee) Church
        Pleasant Valley Church

  • SALEM MENNONITE CHURCH

  • TUSKEEGO
        Central Grove Baptist Church

  • VAN WERT:
        Assembly of God Church
        Church of Christ
        Christian Church
        College Sunday School
        Free Will Baptist Church
        Methodist Protestant Church
        Round Knoll Community Church
        United Methodist Church
        Woodard School Church Services

  • WELDON:
        Christian Church
        Hebron Methodist Church, (actually in Green Bay Twp., Clarke County
        United Methodist Church

  • WOODLAND:
        Charm Sunday School
        St. Patrick's Catholic Church
        Second Adventist Church
        Methodist Church
        Mt. Carmel Advent Christian Church

    SOURCES: "Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa" 1887.
    transcribed by Stacey McDowell Dietiker, 2006

    Updated by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2013