Woodlawn Christian Church

Our Approach

Roy Preaching

Roy Karlen


Our Story

Welcome to Woodlawn Christian Church, Disciples of Christ & American Baptist.

We are a dually affiliated congregation with the 2017 merger of the First Baptist Church and Woodlawn Christian. We are proud of both faith traditions and embrace the great common threads between our two great heritages.

We are located in Lake City, Iowa and we are a welcoming and friendly congregation of believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If you live near Lake City and you're looking for a new church family or just visiting in the area and want to attend Sunday worship, please come and visit us at 10 am Sunday morning, or call or drop in and visit with Pastor Roy. Pastor Roy can be reached by phone at the office number 712-464-3290.

Pastor Roy joined us in ministry in April of 2015. Pastor Roy and his wife Gail were business owners in the Omaha, NE area for nearly 25 years, and during this time Roy felt the call to go into formal ministry. Through the guidance of his mentors the Reverend Doctor Jesse Brown, Doctor Susan Gillies, and Reverend Robert Molby, he completed the three-year “Educating Lay Ministry” training program offered by Cotner College in Lincoln, NE. In addition to this formal training, Roy also spent six years studying weekly with his dear friend and mentor Jesse Brown. Jesse was a retired minister and professor of Old Testament Theology at Duke University. Jesse's guidance and friendship greatly formed and influenced Roy's understanding of scripture and leadership style. Roy and Gail have two adult children, Creath who lives in Sioux Falls, SD, and Madeline who lives in Omaha, NE. His wife Gail owns and operates the “Paisley Pansie” a custom framing, gift shop, and boutique here in Lake City.

Jeff Frank

Church Council Chair

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Scott DeVries

Head Elder

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Scott DeVries

Property Chair

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Christian Council Chair

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Kathryn Myers

Moderator of Women of Woodlawn 

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Clint DeVries

Church Office Manager

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