Our Beliefs

The Father. The Son. The Holy Spirit.


There is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, 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)

Our Beliefs

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 a testimony of God’s divine timing and plans, the BCC was able to purchase its own building in downtown Ames. After nearly 30 years of meeting on the campus of Iowa State, the BCC moved to its present location in 2005. The move allowed the congregation to flourish, and it continues to be the home of not only more students, but also of families and community members. Once again the BCC’s growth has led to the creation of additional ministries to meet the needs of the body and the community. As families make the BCC their home, they will find Christ-centered ministries for every member of their families. Children from three months of age to pre- kindergarten as well as School-aged children , Middle Schooler and High Schoolers (YoBCC) are also ministered to on Sunday mornings. The church also has several opportunities for its members to serve the congregation on Sunday mornings.

The BCC is an amazing testimony of what God can and will do through a small group of believers wanting to worship and serve Him.