What is "The Walk?"

It’s not a place, but a people. It’s not a meeting, but a movement. “The Walk” is what we call our  church family and it is what we actively and intentionally do to express our faith. Most of all, “The Walk” is the joy of discovering who God created you to be.

“The Walk” is a Biblically-grounded, three-part process of growing in faith by seeking to:

  1. Know God personally through a commitment to being in the Bible daily and worship weekly.
  2. Love Jesus passionately through a commitment to fellowship, being in small groups with and caring for fellow church family members.
  3. Live purposefully through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by seeking to understand how God has gifted each of us, the plan he has for us and committing to bring this to life through our time, gifts and life so that others might know Jesus, his salvation and the perfect plan he has for them.

Our Staff


Karen Dungan

Pastor Karen has served as pastor to congregations all over Iowa and on the conference staff as a district superintendent and Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries.. She is a trained and certified Spiritual Director, and is also a trained and denominationally-approved Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist. Her passion in ministry is assisting the people she works with to grow closer to God and one another, helping them find the resources and make the connections they need to be able to grow in their faith, ministry and leadership. Contact her at [email protected]
Director of Faith Formation

Beth Greiner

Background: I grew up in Eastern Iowa in the small town of Shueyville (in-between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City). I got married to my husband, Donavon, in 2014 and we have 3 kids (2 girls and 1 boy). I graduated with a Masters from the University of Northern Iowa and taught for 3 years as a special education teacher before staying home full-time with our first child. God has now given me the opportunity to use my education background at the church to teach our children and youth about our Lord.

Role At Church: I organize the activities at our church that are for our youth. I also coordinate Faith Formation classes for our kids in preschool-7th grade, coordinate and lead Youth Group for 6th-12th grades, and help choose curriculum for our adult small groups.

Favorites: I love spending time with my family, camping, biking, and sports. I cheer for the UNI Panthers first, with the Iowa State Cyclones at a close second. I love working with our youth and seeing them make connections between their lives and Christ.

Favorite Bible Verse: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34

Director of Facilities

Tom Riggs

Background: I was born in Cherokee, Iowa and grew up in North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, northern, central, and southern Iowa. I spent almost 30 years in human resources and safety, and the last 10 years in employee benefits before retirement. Bettie and I met accidentally and have been married for 46 years. I have two wonderful adult sons and their families: including 4 grandchildren. I graduated from Drake University and achieved the designation of CEBS – Certified Employee Benefit Specialist. I spent 20 years as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Role At Church: My job is to care for the upkeep of the church property. I fix things that need to be fixed.

Favorites: I enjoy working on and riding bicycles. I have ridden across S. Dakota 3 times and in 24 RAGBRAIs. I enjoy taking trips with my wife, going to movies, music concerts, and the Iowa State Fair. I like pizza and diet coke, all types of music and NPR news.

Favorite Bible Verse: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13


Carol Sisney

Background: I grew up in Rockford, Illinois, moved to Wisconsin and then eventually ended up in Des Moines, Iowa. I have been married to my wonderful husband Steve going on 4 years. Between us we have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. They are all my pride and joy!

Role At Church: I have been the Church Secretary for 9 years and love every minute of it!

Favorites: I love to read books on my Kindle, outdoor gardening (I actually enjoy weeding!), cooking, watching movies at home and spending time with the grandchildren!

Favorite Bible Verse: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13

Core Beliefs

God as Trinity

God is the eternal creator and ruler of all things. We believe scripture reveals God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We call this the “Trinity.” As three, they are co-eternal and of one purpose, will, and love.

God The Son - Jesus - Is Our Savior

Jesus – God in the flesh – came into this world to reveal to us and restore our relationship with God. Jesus’ died on the cross so that our sins – all that separate us from God – would be wiped away. His resurrection from the dead proved that all he said and did was true and sure.

Salvation By Grace Through Faith

When we make a profession of faith in Jesus – who he is and what he did – we are given the gift of salvation. We call this unearned and undeserved gift “grace.” This gift – activated by our faith – results in removing the penalty of sin from our lives and restores our relationship with God wherein we experience God’s presence and leading in our lives today and will live with Him in His eternal kingdom after this life.

The Bible

The Bible is our foundational document. It is God’s Word given to human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the way we can know the person of God, how God ordered this world and his will for our daily living. The Bible is best understood when we answer these four questions about a given text: (1) What did this passage mean to its original hearers? (2) What part does it play in the Bible’s total witness? (3) What does God seem to be saying to my life, my community, my world, through this passage? and (4) What changes should I consider making as a result of my study?

The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. It’s mission is to make disciples – followers – of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.

Mission Of The Church

As Jesus directs in Matthew 28:19-20, the purpose of the church – and every member of it – is to “make disciples for the transformation of the world.” This is living our lives in such a way that we enable others to know, choose and share Jesus.

Wesleyan Roots

As a United Methodist church, we exist because of our founder, John Wesley, his brother Charles, and others’ desire to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Together they pursued “holiness of heart and life,” which Wesley described as “universal love filling the heart, and governing the life.” The dual emphasis on both what we believe and how we live, is foundational to who Methodists and Wesleyans are.


Scripture teaches that we are incapable of achieving holiness under our own power. Instead, we receive it as a gift because of God’s great love for each and every one of us. Christians use the word grace to describe the gift of God doing for us what we cannot do on our own.

Wesley taught that God’s grace is with each of us throughout our lives. By grace God prepares us, justifies us, and then continues to grow us as followers of Jesus Christ.

Prevenient Grace Prepares Us

Wesley taught that God loves everyone, and invites all of us to be in right relationship with him. Because we are unable to do this on our own, God prepares our hearts and minds to accept Jesus’s invitation to follow him before we are even aware of it. As we read in the Bible, “But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

By God’s grace, we recognize our brokenness, long for something more, and learn from Christians who show us God is love by word and example. Wesley called this prevenient grace, which simply means the grace that comes before we know or love God.

Justifying Grace Restores Us

The Bible teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). This means salvation is not something we deserve or earn, but something that God has done for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

When we recognize our sinfulness and repent, we receive God’s forgiveness and are called to live a new life of following Jesus by loving God and our neighbors. We receive this gift out of what Wesley called God’s justifying grace, because we are “made right” with God. Our relationship is restored.

Sanctifying Grace Grows Us

The moment of justification is the beginning of a wonderful journey with Jesus toward holiness of heart and life. As we participate in God’s work in the world through acts of piety like worship and prayer and acts of mercy like serving others and working for justice for our neighbors, we make ourselves available to God who forms us into the likeness of Jesus.

Wesley sometimes said that God perfects us by his grace, but he never intended that to mean we would never make a mistake. Instead, Wesley taught that by God’s grace we would stop sinning intentionally when made perfect in both our love of God and neighbor. We do not wish to harm either of those relationships.

This process, which we might call spiritual growth today, is not something we do. Instead, it is God who lovingly works in us and for us. Wesley called this sanctifying grace, “the grace by which God makes us holy in heart and life.”


What are your COVID protocols?

In-person worship

Our facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized and hand sanitizer is easily accessible. If you are feeling unwell, we politely ask that you join us online in the comfort of your home.

Small groups

Adults are encouraged to meet with their small groups using the recommended procedures to keep their group safe and healthy when meeting.

Additional resources

Everyone is encouraged to check out RightNow Media for more resources to use with children and small groups. It’s free!

What happens when I visit the Walk?

When you arrive, you will be greeted by a member of our hospitality team (easy to spot in their red “Walk” shirts). They will help you figure out things such as finding the worship space, where kids gather and practical things like “where are the restrooms.” The hospitality team will give you a card to fill with your contact information (you can give that back to any hospitality team member after worship). We don’t call or single out visitors in worship. You can be incognito if you like! In the days following your visit, you can expect a letter or email from a hospitality team member thanking you for your visit and checking for any questions you may have.

Is The Walk a non-denominational church?

The Walk is a United Methodist Church with strong Wesleyan roots and historically orthodox teaching. “The Walk” is a name that we gave to the ministries of the church and expresses Jesus’ call for us to be his disciples – to follow after or “walk” with him.

How do I become a member of The Walk?

Individuals may note on the visitor cards given to them by hospitality team members that they are interested in exploring membership, or they may contact the church office. To become a member, a person must have been previously baptized (or be baptized for the first time as part of their joining). Though we love receiving new members, our focus is making followers of Jesus.

How can I be baptized? Do I have to be a member to be baptized?

As a United Methodist Church, we baptize all ages, including infants. Typically, an individual who can speak for themselves will desire to be baptized in conjunction with or as a result of making a profession of faith in Jesus. In the case of infant baptism, parents speak on behalf of their child committing to do all they can to help raise their child in such a way that the child will one day make their own profession of faith in Jesus. Infant and Adult baptisms are done by sprinkling water.  Individuals may fill out the attached form to request a baptism. Individuals are baptized prior to becoming members of the church.

Take the first step with The Walk

1. Plan a visit

Take the uncertainty out of attending a new church.

2. Attend a service

Join us next Sunday and stop by after service to meet Pastor Karen.

3. Discover The Walk

Come and learn more about our church and how to become a part of what we are doing.