All church sanctioned activities are cancelled until further notice.

We have opened the Sanctuary for Sunday service (only) at 10 am. EVERYONE must follow the safe distancing rules.  For those not ready to come inside we are still transmitting on the radio as there are quite a few. 

All boards, committees and groups are asked to abide by ALL State and Federal guidelines keeping all meetings at 10 people or less!

The church office will remain open during normal business hours!

9-11:30 and 12:30-3:00.

The Blast 

Elem/Middle School Youth Program at 6pm, Wed.

Junior/Sr High Youth at 6:30, Sunday






First Baptist Church is a safe place to explore your faith. We are people who genuinely care about you. In fact, we are people just like you who share a bold hope for life's journey. We live and work in Keokuk and the surrounding towns. You meet us in stores and see us on the streets. Like you, we care about our community and desire to meet you  and your family.

FBC has a great strength in our people. They are solid, salt-of-the-earth folks just like you. Our church, maybe now your church, comes out of the heritage of the American Baptist Churches denomination. We believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God and that Christ died on the cross to wipe-out our sins. Join us and feel the warmth and care for your family and your needs. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. Answering questions about individual faith journeys is what we're all about.



We all find our way into new places from time to time. It always helps if you know what to expect. First of all, we are not concerned with how you are dressed. You'll find people in jeans and men in suits. You matter to God, not your clothes.

If you have children, our age graded classes start at 9 am in our educational building. We have a children's service during our 10:20 am service. Many of the children start in the 10:20 am service then move to our Children's church after the Kid Konnection time in the service.

Our music is a blend of upbeat praise songs, contemporary vocals and a few traditional hymns. 

As you can see, we are more concerned about you. You matter to God, and you matter to us.


Sunday Morning Service

10:20 am in the Main Auditorium

Sunday School

9:00 am


A half hour of fast paced puppets, skits, videos all built on the same Biblical topic followed by a half-hour of age graded classes. Come early and we feed you breakfast.

Nursery through Jr. High in the Educational Building

(Corner of Blondeau and Seventh Streets)

Pairs and Spares on the Second floor of the Main building

Joshua Class Study  on the Second floor of the Main building (Eighth & Blondeau)

Teen and College Age class in the Educational building

10:00 am

Fellowship time in Fellowship Hall in the main building

Wednesday Night Fellowship on lower floor of Educational Building

5:30 pm

Meal at our Baptist Evening Fellowship in the Educational building followed by a Bible study.


Our Elem., Middle school and Jr. high school group meets right after the meal for a time of absolutely wild and crazy games and a message from the Bible. From September to May.



Look at the pictures. We are people just like you. We are not perfect by any means. We fall down, we get up and press on. Things happen when you are on this life journey. It is always better when you don't have to do it alone.



First Baptist Church is guided by a team of Deacons. Tess Brotherton completes the office staff. Russell Brotherton keeps the facilities in working order.


 Pastor Bob Brandhagen

Pastor Bob was born in Wisconsin, spent K-12 in Rochester, MN, and lived in three other states, including Polk County, Iowa. The last 20 years have been at small church pastorates in Wisconsin Dells and Reedsburg, WI. As far as training, he graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Tess Brotherton, Secretary

Tess keeps the place running.  Just about everything you touch or see, Tess has her fingers in the pie. Starting out as an IT specialist she moved to secretarial work and to First Baptist Church. 

Russell Brotherton, Custodian

Russ not only keeps us clean but he has the ability to fix most things that fall into disrepair around our two buildings. His vibrant and warm spirit led to his being the Head Usher on Sunday mornings.

Julie Ramsey, Organ and Keyboards

Julie is one of the supreme keyboardist, pianist and organists in the area. Her expressive and beautiful work on our instruments brings us a richer appreciation of worship.



We can't wait to hear from you

First Baptist Church

25 N. Eighth Street

PO Box 124

Keokuk, Iowa 52632-0124


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