The Gospel & Dubuque

River City Church is a new church plant in Dubuque, Iowa starting in summer 2016.

”As the Father has sent me, I am sending you...
Therefore go and make disciples“

Disciples Made

We are committed to the process of making disciples in the Dubuque area because we believe that the priority of the local church is to help people find their identity in the gospel.

Mission Advanced

We are committed to growing our church through the advancement of mission in the Dubuque area. This happens when people see themselves as missionaries who are sent to reach their non-Christian friends, co-workers, and neighbors with the gospel.

Churches Planted

We are committed to the vision of planting churches locally, regionally, and globally who are committed to planting churches as a natural expression of the gospel.

About Dubuque

  • Dubuque has the lowest percentage of evangelicals in the Midwest at less than 6%. A staggering 75% of Dubuque’s 58,000 residents identify as Catholic but only 10% attend church with any meaningful regularity, leading to a religiously-minded yet de-churched city.

  • Dubuque has won numerous awards since 2010 for having one of the fastest growing mid-sized economies in the country. According to Forbes, it is the top community for job growth in the country. The growing economy has resulted in an increase in young families and singles.

  • In 2010, Dubuque was selected by Forbes as the best small city to raise a family in the country. Young families and singles are a rapidly growing demographic but are largely under-reached with the gospel.

Our Core

  • Gospel Centrality

    It's all About Jesus

    We make the gospel central to everything we do because the gospel is what continually renews believers and the church. That’s why we are committed to having the gospel be the centerpiece of our preaching, discipleship, philosophy of ministry, motives, counseling, and strategy for mission.

  • Missional Small Groups

    Following Jesus Together

    We do ministry in the context of relationships and biblical community because we believe ministry is ultimately about relationships. That’s because all of us, whether we realize it or not, have a deep need and desire to know and be known by others.

  • Addressing the Heart

    The Core of Who We Are

    We do ministry that focuses on the heart because we believe that a person’s heart is the foundation and well-spring from which all meaningful and lasting transformation comes from.

  • Becoming What We Preach

    Maturity Through Mission

    We grow and become more mature in our faith when we’re actively on mission to reach our friends, neighbors, and co-workers with the gospel. Mission isn’t the only way for Christians to grow spiritually, but it’s certainly one of the primary ways that we desire our people to grow.

  • Missionaries > Magnets

    Everyday Mission

    We believe the primary philosophy of evangelism at our church should be through our people thinking and acting like missionaries in their everyday lives. That’s because every Christian is called and sent to be a missionary in the areas of influence that God has put them in.

  • Developing Leaders

    Making Disciple-making Disciples

    We are committed to developing leaders and disciple-makers on purpose and not by accident or when it conveniently fits into our schedule, this is ultimately so that the gospel can advance in Dubuque.

  • Healthy Multiplication

    Growing Through the Gospel

    We believe that healthy multiplication should, ideally, be taking place at almost every level of our church because it’s a natural outworking of the gospel. Healthy things multiply and, therefore, we want to be a healthy church that multiplies everything we do in healthy ways.

Our Leaders

Brandon & Hannah Pepin

Brandon and Hannah have been married since 2008 and their daughter Emma was born in 2014. They are both graduates of UW-Platteville and have been working on staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UW-LaCrosse and UW-Platteville since they graduated from college. Hannah is currently a stay-at-home mom.

Aaron & Becky Morrow

Aaron and Becky have been married since 2004 and they have three daughters named Leah, Maggie, and Gracie. Aaron graduated from UW-River Falls in 2002 and from Moody Bible Institute with his Masters in 2015 while Becky graduated from New Tribes Bible Institute in 1999. Aaron currently works as a missions trainer and church planting coordinator for five churches in Platteville, WI. Becky is currently a stay-at-home mom.


Partner with Us

In order to bring about the vision of River City Church—to see disciples made, mission advanced, and more churches planted—we need your help. We want to invite you to partner with us in bringing the good news of the Gospel to Dubuque. Here’s what it’s going to take to make that happen:

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