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Who We Are

Encountering the truth in the person of Jesus means that we can walk in freedom, courage, and boldness. It means that we walk in the light and live truthful lives, seen in both what we do and what we say. 

Formation of Bethesda House

Bethesda House has been a work in progress since late 2013.  The Lord put it on Pastors Jeremy and Katie’s heart to open a ministry center to love on the people of Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Our Mission

  • To love people regardless of what stage of life they find themself in
  • To preach the Word of God.
  • To grow closer to God and one another.

Our vision was birth out of:

John 5:5-7:


One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

Our Vision 


Visitor Information

We know how overwhelming visiting a new church can be, so here are a few things that might be helpful for you to know:

  • We are very laid back and most Saturdays you will find Pastor Jeremy in blue jeans!
  • When you come in the front door, please enter the gym on your right, next go into the basement by going through the double-door on your left.  Go down the hall, turn left and our sanctuary is the 3rd door on your left.
  • The service begins at 6:30 P.M. and usually lasts until 7:30 – 8:00 P.M.
  • At the present time, we do not offer a nursery or children’s church.  We hope to add these very important ministries soon.


  • January 2014 – May 2014

    The Vision Unfolded

    God began to lay ideas onto Pastor Jeremy & Katie’s heart about a future ministry center in Oskaloosa, Iowa (While still living in Cantonment, Florida

  • June 24, 2014

    The Move

    The Empie’s moved to Oskaloosa

  • July 2014 – May 2016

    Waiting For the Right Time

    While waiting on God to open doors, the Empie’s served in a local church & itinerated throughout the US under Pastor Jeremy’s formal ministry, Jesus Saves International Ministries Inc (which He founded in October of 2007).

  • May 2016 – December 2016

    God Began to Lay the Vision Out

    The Empie’s (along with a Board of Directors) began to write out a plan and formally naming this ministry Bethesda House.

  • January 2017

    Our First Location

    Began renovation our store-front church location at 201 High Avenue East.

  • The Launching of Bethesda House

    Our first official service was Saturday, February 11, 2017 and was led by the Empie’s Bishop, Dr. Del Bittner of APEPT International Inc.

  • January 2020

    Moving Into a Better Location

    Bethesda House found a better location & moved to 308 5th Avenue West.

  • April 2021

    Moved into Penn Central Mall

    The Lord opened a door for us to be  in Penn Central Mall.  If you park at the Dollar General entrance, we are the second door on the right is you enter the mall.


Pastors Jeremy & Katie Empie

Jeremy & Katie Empie

Serving as Lead Pastors since its’ inception, Jeremy and his family are dedicated to serving with love.

(641) 569-7024
Jeremy: Extension 101
Katie: Extension 104


Coming in 2021.