Our Ministries are resources to serve you, and also places for you to serve others. CREEKSIDE valueS:

  • An “every-member” ministry, demonstrated by each person discovering and using their gifts to serve God in the local church.
  • Community-oriented service, demonstrated by ministering to our community in practical ways and sometimes partnering with local organizations and other churches.
  • Team-based ministry, grounded in the belief that we are more effective when we serve together.
  • Authentic relationships, demonstrated by growing friendships inside and outside our church family.
  • A reliance on prayer, realizing that apart from God we can do nothing.

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Awana equips local volunteers in churches around the world with Biblical evangelism and discipleship solutions so that today’s children may become tomorrow’s Christian leaders, in every aspect of society and culture. Serving kids age 2 through 5th grade, Awana meets every Wednesday night during the school year, following the Des Moines Public Schools district calendar. For more information about this program, please contact Mary Kline.

Our Wednesday night ministries kick off with a dinner from 5:30-6:00 in the Fellowship Hall. The meal is free, though we’ll have a basket out for donations if you’d like to help with food costs.


“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
Charles Spurgeon

Small group Bible studies are a vital part of fulfilling our mission of “leading people everywhere to a devoted relationship with Jesus.” Our two main goals are to connect and change. We want to build relationships, and we want to grow our faith in knowledge and fruitful service. Study groups meet at various times and locations, including Creekside.


Consider signing up for one of 3 Sunday evening small groups meeting at different locations (Creekside, a home in Johnston, and a home in Grimes) covering relevant topics. We’re always up for adding a new small group too. If you’re interested in hosting or facilitating a group, have a topic idea, or have other suggestions or questions, contact Doug Elrick.


A men’s group meets 6:30-7:45 AM every other Tuesday at Cozy Cafe in Johnston for breakfast, sharing prayer requests, and reading through the book of Hebrews together. Check our Events page for the dates, and contact Mike Johnson with any questions.


A men’s group meets at Creekside every Wednesday night from 6:30-7:45 PM  to study various topics or a book of the Bible. Contact Bob Short with questions.

A women’s group also meets at Creekside every Wednesday night from 6:30-7:45 PM to study various topics or a book of the Bible. We will be reading and discussing the book of Romans together, and childcare will be provided. Contact Ann Carter with questions.
A new group geared for Awana parents and newcomers on Wednesday night from 6:30-7:45 PM is exploring The Story. Contact Mike Nicewarner with questions.

Our weekly Prayer meeting (6:45-7:45) emphasizes corporate prayer, but also includes a teaching time in the scriptures. Contact Tom Baird for details.


We offer a New Camper Scholarship as well as financial assistance to any child or teen to attend camp.

You can download our Sponsorship guidelines and request form or contact us for more information.

The camps listed below are a few that we are affiliated with, but there are other Christ-centered camps available.

A number of children, young people, and adults from Creekside attend Iowa Bible Camp the last full week in June each year. Teenagers and adults also attend IBC’s winter retreat the third weekend in January. These events are held on the grounds of the Twin Lakes Christian Center located between Rockwell City and Manson, Iowa. Iowa Bible Camp has provided solid Bible teaching and unmatched recreation opportunities for campers from Creekside and similar churches all across Iowa, eastern Nebraska and western Illinois for over 50 years. Contact Tom Baird or Chris Swanson with questions, or visit IowaBibleCamp.org.

Koronis Bible Camp provides a Bible-centered, spiritual get-away on the shores of Lake Koronis near Paynesville, MN. It is a ministry for your family and friends, offering a week of spiritual growth as well as fun and rest for every age. Koronis is four camps rolled into one. That’s what makes is so unique and valuable as a family ministry. Each camp group is designed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the different age groups. Adults can hear nationally known speakers, while kids and youth can be apart of a camp program tailored to their age group. For more information about Koronis, visit KoronisBibleCamp.com or contact Rod Clarkson or Kyle Clarkson.

Pine Lake offers a variety of summer camps and retreats, operating year round. Since 1957 thousands of children, youth and adults have had the time of their lives at Pine Lake. In those years over 1500 people have made a significant spiritual decision at camp, making this a meeting place with God. PLC serves a broad faith community, majoring on the core elements of Christian faith and life, as an outreach of the churches of the Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference. Pine Lake Camp is in Eldora, Iowa, located 45 minutes west of Waterloo, adjacent to Pine Lake State Park. Visit PineLakeCamps.org for more information.

Willowbrook is a non-profit Iowa corporation funded and energized with the voluntary and free-will resources of interested Christian groups and individuals. Hosting a number of children’s camps throughout the year, Willowbrook’s operation is funded with volunteer labor and unsolicited donations. Willowbrook is located at 4375 NE 38th Street in Des Moines. Volunteer workers can, in most cases, be utilized throughout the year. If you’re interested in volunteering at or renting the facilities, or would like more information, visit WillowbrookBibleCamp.org

In July of 2006, a 10-year-old girl named Vera Nyaen drowned in Gray’s Lake while playing in the water with her friends. She could not swim. Vera came to our church after immigrating from Liberia with her family 2 years earlier. Camp Vera began in response to this tragic accident. We decided that the best way to honor Vera’s life was to, in partnership with the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Dept, offer swimming lessons to immigrant children, including Vera’s brother. In addition to swim lessons, we provide lunch, a Bible lesson time, crafts, and free time to just socialize. Our goal is to prevent further tragedy by teaching them how to swim, as well as provide a few days of fun afternoons for the immigrant children God has placed in our midst. See Marge McKeever to see how you can be involved with Camp Vera.


“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…Hebrews 10:23-25

Coffee and fellowship bring Creekside women together at these monthly morning events.


CLEO stands for “Creekside Ladies Encouraging Others”. This is a monthly event for the women of Creekside to encourage one another with fellowship and spiritual growth. We meet at 10 AM at Creekside, usually on the third Saturday of each month (but check our Events calendar to be sure). Each gathering includes a 10-20 minute presentation on the topic and an activity to spur discussion together. For more information, contact Hedy Woolwine and Linda Pieper.


Women of all ages are invited to Smokey Row Coffee 9:15-11:15AM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. This is an opportunity to get and give encouragement to each other by sharing how the Lord’s been encouraging us and what He’s been teaching us in our personal devotions. This group will be led by Marla Smith and Debbie Short.


“And if you only greet your brothers, what are  you doing more than others..?”
Matthew 5:47

You know how good it makes you feel to walk into a new place where you are immediately welcomed and made to feel at home, or you’re on your second or third visit and are greeted warmly by name. You also probably know how it feels when this doesn’t happen. We have a team of “greeters” who simply extend a friendly welcome to people, particularly newcomers, who come into our 10:30 service. We need a few individuals who can be available around 10:00 and during the service to greet people, provide basic information about Creekside and possibly usher them to a seat if necessary. The Greeters Ministry is simple, doesn’t take a lot of effort or time, however, is probably one of the most important ministries in any church. Let Gretchen Fousek know if you can help out.



As you may know, people in Urbandale and the surrounding communities are struggling with hunger and meeting personal care needs. What you may not know is that right here at Creekside we have been working with The Reserve On Walnut Creek Senior Living Community to lessen this problem.

In our parking lot, there is a “Little Free Pantry” to assist those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Previously The Reserve was stocking the pantry solely from the donations from their residents. As the awareness of the Little Free Pantry has grown, so has the need. We are starting a new quarterly campaign to “Fill the Little Free Pantry”. Creekside will be collecting dry non-perishable food, personal care items, and paper products. To donate, simply place items in the paper bags located in the Creekside lobby. Monetary donations will also be accepted, simply note “Little Free Pantry” on your check and place it in the offering. Thank you!


“…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Mark 16:15

To do our part in fulfilling the Lord’s Great Commission, our Missions Team was formed to promote the work of world missions. The team is responsible for informing, educating, and challenging our church family regarding missions, helping prepare our own missionaries for service, communicating with and promoting prayer for missionaries, and working with Women’s Missionary Outreach. Contact Mark Kline for more information.

Women’s Missionary Outreach is a ministry dedicated to informing it’s participants of missionary works abroad and to helping our missionaries monetarily and in other practical ways. We meet at least once monthly. “Work days” consist of projects ranging from quilt-making to putting together small prizes for children, all designed to benefit missions work. At WMO, prayer and business meetings, we hear from missionaries and pray for them as well as take care of other business, and we hold an annual Women’s Missionary Conference.

Another missions-minded focus is our Cross-Cultural Missions Team. We have sent a short-term (10 or 11 days) missions team to Haiti each Fall for several years. Contact Bob Vaughn for more information.


“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:19

If God has gifted you with talent in the area of music or audio tech, consider how you might fit into our worship team or sound crew. Talk to Alan Crim.

We’ve also recently started a youth music program. Any middle or high school students who can sing or play an instrument can contact Dakota Derr. Students gather for practice and develop a heart for worship through music toward the goal of occasionally taking part in music on Sunday morning or Wednesday night during youth gatherings.


Your kids are important to us.

We offer a quality nursery during our Connect service Sunday mornings, and sometimes during other events. For information about serving in our nursery or other questions, contact Kari Brockman.


“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock…”Acts 20:28

Because we want a safe place for you and your family at Creekside, we formed a team of individuals who are intentionally observant of people and surroundings with the goal of safety and security of our people. Contact Mike Johnson if you’d like to know more or be involved. To report a safety issue to the team, email safety@creeksidedm.com.


“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4

During our 10:30 service, we offer Sunday School for kids in 3 different age groups: Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st Grade, and 2nd through 5th Grade. In addition to solid, age-appropriate Biblical teaching, various socials and programs are typically planned throughout the year for Sunday School age kids including a summer Vacation Bible School and Christmas program. Kids 1st grade and up start out in the service with their family and then are dismissed after some music and announcements. Teachers will meet them in the back of the sanctuary and head to their classrooms. Preschool and Kindergarten kids start in their classroom. Contact Debbie Short if you’d like to help with Sunday School.

Currently, our Sunday School kids are learning about the attributes of God, addressing questions like: 1) Who is God?, 2) What is He like? and 3) How should I act toward Him? (More about this curriculum here.) Students are encouraged to bring (and read) their Bibles, and will earn a party by their participation. We keep Sunday school fun, engaging, and centered on God’s Word! See our Events page for a couple upcoming events Sunday School parents should be aware of.


“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example…”

“…in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

Our teen ministry is divided into two groups: High school and Middle School. Both meet Wednesday nights (6:15-7:45) at Creekside during the school year for a time of games, worship, Biblical teaching and snacks. Both groups also do occasional social activities and service projects. High School youth are learning to view all of life through the truth of the Scriptures. Middle School youth are taking a 3-year walk through the Bible. Contact Mike Johnson or Alan Crim for more info.

Our Wednesday night ministries kick off with a dinner from 5:30-6:00 in the Fellowship Hall. The meal is free, though we’ll have a basket out for donations if you’d like to help with food costs.


“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord…”
Colossians 3:23

We have many ministries geared for women for the cause of serving God and strengthening unity and fellowship among the women of our church as we serve together.

Contact Amy Johnson if you are interested in serving on one of the following committees. To download a Women’s Ministries Handbook, visit our Member Area.

 Care & Concern coordinates bereavement dinners and flowers for funerals, home-delivered meals for new parents and the disabled, sending cards of cheer and encouragement to our college students (“College Companions”) and also our sick, injured and shut-ins.

College Companions coordinates the linking of men and women of Creekside with one of our college students in order to encourage them through correspondence (monthly calls, letters, packages, etc.) and pray for them daily.

Communication organizes phone calling tree in order to contact all listings in the Cornerstone directory with timely information about meeting cancellations, changes, deaths, etc. Also initiates a prayer chain to pray for specific requests.

Food & Fellowship provides refreshments and food preparation for Sunday morning breaks as well as other functions. Also provides accommodations and/or meals for visiting speakers or other special guests of Creekside.

Nursery serves the needs of mothers of small children at Creekside by scheduling nursery volunteers and regular clean up of nursery facilities. If you’re interested in serving in this ministry please contact Kari Brockman.

Special Events coordinates social events such as bridal/baby showers for Creekside members, “Ladies Time Out” events and the Women’s Annual Retreat.

Spiritual Growth plans and schedules ongoing Bible studies for women.

 Our Women’s Ministry Program is based on Titus 2:3-5 which instructs the older women to disciple younger women in both one-on-one mentoring and group Bible studies.

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