The Trost Family

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Pastor Fritz

I’ve lived all over the United States but have never been more excited about the potential of a small town than Stuart, Iowa.

My name is Fritz Trost and I have been called to be the new pastor at Stuart First Congregational Church (FCC).

I grew up as a pastor’s kid in Charles City and Iowa City. We lived close to the University of Iowa campus through the eighth grade and then moved with my family to Oregon where I finished high school.


Following high school graduation, my destination was Alaska where I enjoyed working in the commercial fishing industry for three years. Think “Deadliest Catch” and fish factories; there was lots of hard work and bad smells.


After my adventures in Alaska, I moved to California where the air was fresh and the sun shone brightly – and where I learned the construction trades and had a “Come to Jesus” experience in 1988.


This spiritual experience was the turning point of my life. I was never the same after I met the Lord. He saved my life and has given me so many great gifts and blessings. 


I love to tell the story of how God loves every human being and invites all of us to be in a relationship with him and to follow and worship Jesus Christ.


Before I knew the Lord, I was lost in the sea of everything the world had to offer. And it wasn’t until I came to the end of everything the world offered that I was open to salvation and living in fellowship with God as he gave me new life and new purpose in Christ.

I had no idea the great blessings awaiting me as I learned to follow Jesus Christ. I received the greatest gift as I became a “new Creation in Christ.” The “old me” had passed away and new blessings were beginning to emerge.


My next adventure was college. I played basketball at a junior college in Oregon and enjoyed theater and creative writing. I loved college and graduated with a communications degree in 1992 from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


Shortly thereafter, I met my wonderful wife, Lora, in Des Moines, and we were married one year after we met. Since then, we have received many blessings, including four children.:


We have served in many churches and ministries, but most recently at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines as founding satellite church pastors of the Johnston-Grimes Campus. We also have a discipleship ministry called Followorship where we help folks all over the world become followers of Jesus.


We are now enjoying Stuart and meeting many wonderful people. My wife Lora is from a small town in South Dakota and you all remind her of dear friends from there.


Come on by and meet us—we worship on Sundays at 10 am. Come as you are—God accepts you just as you are—we at “Congo Church”  invite you to the New Life in Jesus Christ! 


Stuart FCC is a healthy congregation with great potential. Join us as we grow and discover our God-given gifts together!



Pastor Fritz Trost