Our story, mission, beliefs, and team.

Our Story

Pastor Marty felt called by God to plant a church that would make a difference. A church that his friends who had given up on the church would love to attend. The vision for The Bridge was born. With a core team of 25 people, the first service of The Bridge was held at the Bridge View Center in September of 2007. The church has grown from that original launch team and location. In 2019 our Centerville Campus launched. In 2021, an additional campus started in Fairfield & in 2023, we launched our Oskaloosa Campus. Over the past 16 years, we’ve had the privilege of seeing lives changed, marriages restored, and addictions broken in our region!

Our Mission

Know God | Weekend Services

God wants to know us personally. More than just practicing religion, He wants a relationship with us. Our weekend services are where we focus on that relationship. Whether you're new to faith, have questions, or have been a Jesus follower for a long time, our services are a safe place to learn more about what it means to know God and grow closer to Him.

Find Freedom | Small Groups

One of the ways God designed for us to live in freedom is to have people in our life to help us in the journey. Connecting with others in a Small Group is a practical and enjoyable way to find that kind of life-changing community.

Discover Purpose | Onboard

We're all an important part of God's plan, and our life will never make sense until we discover our purpose. Onboard is designed to help us take steps in the important process of discovering our purpose, and there are opportunities to attend at every location.

Make A Difference | Dream Team

This is God's ultimate plan for our life, to make a difference in the lives of others. When we do, the Bible tells us we will experience joy. Through the Dream Team, we hope to connect every person to an opportunity to live out their calling by using their gifts and talents to serve others in the church and the community.

Our Vision


We believe that God has called our church to be a change agent in our region. Our vision is straight from this verse in Ezra- to be people that come together to rebuild, repair, and restore our region. We love how God has called us into rebuilding personal lives, repairing relationships, and restoring the kingdom of heaven here on earth.

“The king should know that the people who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem and are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are restoring the walls and repairing the foundations.”  -Ezra 4:12 NIV

Our Beliefs

We Believe In God

Not just any god, but the God of the Universe. The same God who created this earth, who spoke light into existence, who created each and every star, and hung them in place. The same God who loves us so much that He eternally defeated death, not only ransoming us from our sins, but also giving us a rich and satisfying life. God is loving, fair, perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing, and is eternally present in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Scripture References: Genesis 1; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 43:10-13; John 10:10; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2

We Believe In Jesus

Jesus is the Son of God. While being fully God and fully man he lived a sinless life and voluntarily died on the Cross in our place as full payment for our sins. But unlike anyone else throughout history, Jesus defeated the power of sin and death by rising from the dead. After he appeared to over 500 people, Jesus ascended into Heaven to provide access and reconciliation between God and people, and we now have hope through Him. When God has fulfilled His purpose with this earth, Jesus will return and reign as Lord of all.

Scripture References: John 3:16; 1 John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 15:6; Mark 16:9; Romans 5:10; Acts 1:11; Revelation 11:15

We Believe In The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, Counselor, and Helper sent for all believers.  The Holy Spirit empowers us to tell others about Jesus. He makes people aware of their need for God and draws people into this relationship. The Holy Spirit, who lives within us at the moment of salvation, provides guidance in righteous living and understanding for spiritual truth.

Scripture References: John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13-14

We Believe In The Bible

We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error, and is the source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Bible’s truth is timeless and speaks to our everyday lives.

Scripture References: Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

We Believe In Salvation

We believe every person is disobedient to God’s desires and plans in varying degrees. Any disobedience to God, regardless of how large or small, is sin. Sin separates an individual from God, which is spiritual death, and is not God’s desire. People can be united with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and Him alone; Jesus died for sinners. Anyone who accepts and believes in Jesus’ death for their personal sins, and desires to have Him as King of their life, is forgiven for every sin.

Upon this personal decision, God re-establishes a personal relationship with that person and promises eternal life. And we believe salvation is not just for eternal life, but for this life, providing freedom and joy day to day. Therefore, every Christian should live for Christ and not for him or herself. By reading and applying Scripture, and yielding daily to the Holy Spirit, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Jesus.

Scripture References: John 1:12-13, 14:6-7; Romans 3:23, 5:1, 8, 10:9-10; Galatians 3:26; Titus 3:5; Deuteronomy 6:5; Proverbs 3:5-6; Mark 12:29-31; Acts 17:2; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 8 & 9, 10:23-11:1

We Believe In The Church

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the Church are those who have been trusted by faith to finish the work of Christ. The local church organizes Christians to reach unbelievers with the message of salvation, serve as a corporate body for worship of God, provide fellowship for Christians with each other, develop the gifts and talents of Christians for godly service, and practice baptism and communion.

Scripture References: Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:32-41; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 12:12-13; Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:17