In 2006, 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. That if they were to come, they would encounter Jesus and experience the living God. He wanted to plant a church that had powerful worship, authentic leadership, relevant biblical teaching, and a heart for the lost, hurting, and broken. He wanted to see a church with faith that was in action both locally and globally.
He and his wife, Jenny, moved from Pella to Ottumwa, Iowa in early 2007 to begin the adventure. A core team of 25 people joined the vision, and on September 9, 2007, the first service of The Bridge was held at the Bridge View Center.
The Bridge has grown in weekly attendance over the years with a second service added in 2011 and a third service added in 2014. In 2015, The Bridge was recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. In 2018, a second campus located at the Hub in downtown Ottumwa was added to accommodate growth and in the spring of 2019 a campus opened in Centerville, Iowa.
In addition to holding a Sunday morning gathering, The Bridge has sought to engage the community by serving in practical ways. Over the years this has included: painting houses, partnering with local elementary schools to give students new shoes, starting a free medical clinic, providing oil changes for single parents, and an annual Christmas Store that partners with parents in financial need to shop for their kids.
We are passionate about influencing local churches in our region and state. In 2015 we helped start City Point Church in Washington, Iowa. We choose into training, equipping, and resourcing leaders. We have a "glocal" mindset with missions and choose to serve both in our region and afar.
Today, over 1,500 people attend The Bridge each Sunday and over 150 students gather on Wednesdays for Awake. We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when we chase after Jesus in an authentic way.