Our Vision

We are the Heart of God in our world.

“By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.” -1 John 4:17

Holy Spirit Led. Free in Christ. Multiethnic. Hospitable.

Holy Spirt Led

We value the person of The Holy Spirit who is sent to live in and lead us.

We are God’s children: sons & daughters who are led by HIS Spirit.

We live with God’s power in us.

Free in Christ

We are free in the Kingdom of God and free from this world, free in Salvation (Soteria is the general Greek word meaning deliverance, rescue, and restoration to a state of safety, peace,
prosperity, soundness, healing, health and well-being as well as preservation from danger of destruction. Soteria is the present possession of all in Christ) free from sin, and free to be authentic, transparent, vulnerable, expressive, worshipful.


We are intentionally multiethnic in leadership, teams, friends, people we meet, the meals we share, and our music influence. We reconcile cultural barriers that separate us: what was once divided is now one.

We are learning to embrace, validate, and bear each other’s story of joys and hurts with love, care, and eternal empathy as multiethnic brothers and sisters in one family.


We serve people and ministries with 5-Star Hospitality. We go out of our way to help people feel accepted, welcomed, and a part.

We are demonstratively loving to all and create an environment where people feel like they better fit into a place like this.

Our Beliefs

The Father. The Son. The Holy Spirit.


There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: His Fatherhood, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. The Father is fully God; his Fatherhood is eternal and personal. He is the Father of the Lord Jesus and of all who believe in Christ.

Jesus christ

The Son is Jesus Christ. He was sent to the earth by the Father. On earth Jesus was fully God and fully man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, died on the cross for humankind, and thus, paid the penalty for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return in power and glory.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal in deity and person with God the Father and God the Son. He makes people aware of their need for Jesus Christ, performs the miracle of the new birth, and comes to live in every Christian the moment they trust in Jesus Christ. (John 16:5-15)

Salvation. Baptism. Healing.


Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8) Eternal Life and the New Birth: Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life.

Water Baptism

Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; to wit: “Upon your profession of faith, in the Name of Jesus, I now baptize you in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

Divine Healing

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the church today.

Our History

In The Beginning

Our Birth

The Body of Christ Church (BCC) was quite literally formed out of a deep desire to praise and worship the one true living God. In 1975, a small group of African American college students at Iowa State University formed the worship group, the Gospel Soul Innovators (GSI), because they had a passion to worship God in the same manner they had in their home churches. Later that same year, the ministry expanded and began to hold church services as the Black Cultural Center Christian Worship Service (BCC). The ministry was under the sponsorship of the Black Cultural Center and Office of Minority Student Affairs at Iowa State University. They began holding biweekly meetings under the guidance of Rev. Marian Eppwright.

Our Pastor

In 1994, Pastor Toran C. Smith was selected as the new minister. Under his leadership, the church formally changed its name to the Body of Christ Christian Worship Center. The ministries continued to grow under Pastor Toran’s leadership to include Bible studies for men and women, prayer teams, a dance ministry, and a Christian rap ministry.

Our Building

As families make the BCC their home, they will find Christ-centered ministries for every member. Children from six months of age to pre- kindergarten will be blessed through their own classes during service. School-aged children, as well as middle and high school students will also meet on Sundays to further their relationships with Jesus Christ.