About Us                                                                                           First Baptist Church Pastor

We are an independent Baptist Church where we desire to draw closer to God as we learn more about Him through the systematic preaching and teaching of His Word.
This is done to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12) so that we are all better equipped to live for God and to tell others about Him as we witness concerning the wonderful salvation that is found only through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We focus so strongly on the Bible during the preaching and teaching because we believe it has the answers that man really needs. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (II Timothy 3:16).


Please feel welcome to visit us anytime.

    Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

    Sunday Morning Service 10:30 a.m

    Sunday Evening Service 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday Evening Bible Study and Prayer 7:30 p.m.


Pastor Jim Dewar, his wife Marlene, and  their youngest daughter, Chantel, arrived in Bancroft on January 7th, 2015.  Pastor Dewar's first service at First Baptist was Sunday January 11th.  The Dewars moved to Bancroft from the mountains of Southern West Virginia. Before coming to Iowa they had  previously served in Baptist Churches in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia.  Pastor Dewar, originally from Indiana, is a Veteran of the US Navy and Retired from the US Naval Reserve.  Marlene is originally from Upper Michigan, and they met in Waukegan, IL, where she was teaching at a Christian School and he was stationed at Great Lakes, IL as an instructor.  Chantel is teaching in a Christian School in St. George Utah beginning the fall of 2023. They have four other daughters and one son, all of which are married.  They also have 17 grandchildren!