Our Story

Making, growing, and sending disciples of Jesus Christ since 1974!

1974 - 1975
The Launch
Pastor | Larry & Anne Merritt
Attendance | ~ 30 - 40
Location | Coe College Campus
July 1974 | 1st Service of Antioch Church of Christ
1974 - 1975
1975 - 1982
The Build
Pastor | Dwight & Marti Addleman
Attendance | ~40 - 150
Location | Marion YMCA
1978-1981 | 29th Ave built by the people of Antioch
1981 | 1st Service at 29th Ave
1975 - 1982
1983 - 1994
The Addition
Pastor | Phil & June Scott
Attendance | ~150 - 200
Location | 29th Ave
1990 | Fellowship addition
1983 - 1994
1994 - 1999
The Name
Pastor | Shane & Gayla Wood
Attendance | ~200 - 300
Location | 29th Ave
1998 | Became Antioch Christian Church
1994 - 1999
2000 - 2019
The Growth
Pastor | John & Gail Seitz
Attendance | ~300 – 1500
Location | 29th Ave & Hwy 13
2001 | Weekend services added
2002 | Easter Services held off-site
2005 | 1st Service at Hwy 13
2013 | Worship center, gym, lobby, parking, and Children’s Ministry addition
2019 | Oelwein Campus opened
2000 - 2019
2020 - Present
The Present
Pastor | Greg & Becky Johnson
Attendance | ~2000
Location | Hwy 13 – Oelwein – Online
2020 | Online Campus opened
2021 | Stoney Point YMCA acquisition
2020 - Present

Our Heritage

Antioch is part of what is known as the independent Christian Churches or Churches of Christ which grew out of the Restoration Movement of the 19th Century. Independent churches in this fellowship voluntarily work together with other churches to accomplish common goals, such as colleges, missions, camps, and publications, but there is no outside denominational obligation, governance, or control. Churches vary widely in terms of worship style, kids’ ministries, outreach, and community involvement, but the fact that there is no denominational hierarchy gives independent churches freedom to govern themselves and grow as God leads.

Our Team

At Antioch, our Leadership Team is made up of men and women with varied backgrounds in ministry, academia and the marketplace. The one thing they all have in common is their love of Christ. Reach out and get to know us!