The Church of Promise was founded in 1997, with members of the congregation meeting in their homes until they rented a farmhouse for worship services and Sunday School classes. Following his retirement as Superintendent of the Iowa/Minnesota District of the Wesleyan Church, Rev. J. Richard Ernst became the first full-time pastor of the congregation in November of 1999. In 2001, a pole building was erected for worship services, which served the congregation while church leaders continued the search for a permanent home.
The late Linda Yuska, one of the founding members of Church of Promise, had a dream that the church would one-day be located on the property where the old Geneseo school had been abandoned. Years later, the property was gifted to the Church, though it was ultimately determined that the old school was unfit for such an extensive renovation. In April 2012, the decision was made to erect a new building on the property, in front of the school.
Stuart Holsing of Cedar Falls became the full-time pastor of Church of Promise in November of last year. Pastor Holsing and his wife, Janet, have been active in the ministry for over 25 years. In addition to his work with the church, Holsing is a Communications Professor at Hawkeye Community College and a direct support provider with Cedar Valley Community Support Services.
“Church of Promise is a Bible-centered church, and as its name implies, emphasizes believing in God’s promise to give eternal life to those who put their trust in Jesus Christ,” Holsing stated.
The Church of Promise continues to be active with mission trips to faraway places like Ecuador, Brazil, and South Africa to help build churches. The congregation’s belief in mission work is reflected in their commitment to return 10% of church offerings to missions around the world wants to return the blessing as they continue to give 10% of the offerings to missions around the world. In months that contain five Sundays, the church also designates a mission to be the recipient of the “Fifth Sunday Offering.” Most recently, an orphanage in the Dominican Republic was the beneficiary of such an offering.
The Church of Promise invites the public to attend any of the special activities of Sunday, November 10th. The day will begin with a special worship service at 10 AM, with Pastor Holsing leading the Dedication Service and Rev. Ernst giving the message. The celebration continues with an Open House from 2-4 PM, featuring tours of the new facility, a photo display that documents to various stages of the building’s construction, along with refreshments and fellowship. The Church of Promise is located at 3125 Highway D-65, is just of west of Highway 21 on County Highway D-65.