August 2010


       I’m glad you found us (online, at least!). The church of Jesus Christ is the great and glorious hope of the world. To the church, God has entrusted the keys to the kingdom, the gifts of office, the Shepherd’s voice in the preaching of the Word, the faithful Shepherd’s care through its officers, and the means of grace. To every believer, Christ says, “I will teach you, I will defend you, I will lead you, I will correct you, I will strengthen you and I will make you fruitful.” And his appointed means for doing so is through the church. To be without the church is to be at odds with Christ’s rule--his protection, provision and tender discipline.

       That’s why John Calvin, the great Protestant reformer, founder of all Presbyterian and Reformed churches said: “Away from (the church) one cannot hope for any forgiveness of sins or any salvation.” Likewise, the Westminster Confession states: “The visible the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation.”

       We are glad to be a part of that glorious church Christ is building in the world, and to serve him in our place and generation. We are also delighted to belong to one of the finest churches (denominations) in the world, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) ( It is the largest, conservative Reformed body in North America. We are in full agreement, heart and soul, with the PCA’s vision to be “Faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.”
We invite you to worship the Lord with us. Our worship times are 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. every Lord’s Day. On this website, you can listen to sermons online and check out other resources.

      May God strengthen you and confirm you in faith in the Son of God!

Pastor Brian Janssen



Brian V. Janssen has been pastor of the First Presbyterian (PCA) Church of Hospers, Iowa since 1986.  A graduate of Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Brian received the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2007 at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  The focus of his dissertation was on the long-term effects of the Dutch Reformed Cursillo in Northwest Iowa.  He has been married to Susanne for over 25 years, and together they have three children:  David, Kristin and Jonathan.  (Photo credits:  Elizabeth Camarigg)

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