"I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord"  Psalm 122:1

The phrase “from the top down” is often used to denote a hierarchical system of management or governance. The will and beliefs and directives of those “at the top” are imposed—sometimes aggressively, sometimes even oppressively—on those below. From the top down. 

We have entered the second half of the Church Year, the half that focuses on the teachings of the Christian faith. We will see that Christianity is very much a top-down faith. Christian teachings come “from the top down,” but not in the sense that those teachings are oppressively imposed on us. When we call Christianity a “top-down faith,” we mean that it tells us things about God that are so beautiful and good—teachings that couldn’t possibly have originated from human thinking. The Christian faith contains teachings that are so wonderful that we would never even believe them unless God himself revealed their truthfulness to us. So, God sent his Spirit from heaven to earth—from the top down—to empower his children to believe that which would otherwise be totally unbelievable.

Sunday Worship at 9am

Sunday School & Adult Bible Study 
at 10:15am
Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30pm

Casual Atmosphere
Serious Faith

Are you looking for a place where there's serious Bible teaching, but in an
atmosphere that's casual? 

Beautiful Savior is a growing church
community in West Des Moines IA that seeks to glorify God by "Growing in the faith, Gathering together as believers, Going to our neighbors with the gospel!" 



Our first worship service was held on May 1, 1994.   

Our 30th anniversary service will be held mid-October 2024.

Sundays in Bible Class

Paul's Missionary Journeys        

We'll join Paul and his companions as they take the gospel to places it's never been before. We'll see the joys and struggles of Paul's mission work, and we'll make applications to the work we do as a congregation. As we study Paul's journeys, our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will fill us with the same zeal for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ!

Wednesdays in Bible Class

The Book of Genesis



Reaching souls with 100 new home missions

Beautiful Savior is part of our synod's goal to open 100 Home Missions in 10 years, receiving an enhancement this year.    On Sunday, August 27, 2023, we installed our new pastor and welcomed his family to West Des Moines.

Learn more about this initiative at https://wels100in10.net/

Beautiful Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church is a confessional Lutheran church in West Des Moines, Iowa.