(Disciples of Christ)
(from the History of Lucas County, Iowa 1978 book)
In 1893 a group of believers met together and organized a Christian Church in Russell. There were 16 charter members, some of whom came from the LaGrange church, which had been established much earlier. They bought the old Methodist church building from J. H. N. Campbell, who had purchased it from the Methodists when they built their new church building. This building stood on the lot now occupied by the Ralph Werts (James Werts, now) residence. In 1901 they built a new building which was their church home until about 1930.
The Pastor in 1900 was Rev. Little Johnson. No record could be found of other pastors but it is known that many students from the Drake University Bible College served the church on weekends.
Some of the early members of the church were the Steve Beatty’s, John Goltry’s, John Dixon’s, John Long’s, Holeman’s, Joe Youtsey’s, R.C. Dixon’s, John Walker’s, Andy Black’s, George Dixon’s, John Thomas’, Mart Burton’s and Lloyd Hill’s.
In about 1927, during the depression years, the Disciples of Christ Church, as they were called, and the Baptist Church of Russell, were struggling to exist. The two groups decided to unite into one body and thereafter they met in the Baptist Church building, which was the newer building. After standing idle for several years the Christian Church building was sold and torn down in the early 1940’s.
The following is from Charles Wright from Facebook November 13, 2011:
The church in this photo stood on the lot in Russell where my Uncle Ralph and Aunt Alice Werts built their home when they retired from the farm. When I was a child in ght 1940's and early 1950's concrete rubble filled a crater where the church had stood and achool kids would climb and play on it. I remember snowball fights there. A new home was built for my parents in the middle of that block by my cousin Clair Sellers in 1967. It was to be their home when they retired from their grocery store in December 1967, but my father died in November. Mother moved in alone and lived there until her death in 1979.