History

 

In 2003, seventeen families came together to create a community based, non-denominational church that would focus on praise and worship of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the local community and born of that focus was Praise Community Church. The church was founded by individuals who had a diverse set of skills necessary for creation of a new church. On the first Sunday June 29, 2003 the new church welcomed approximately 100 people   at the Youth For Christ Building (The Union) on South Federal Avenue in Mason City. Just a few weeks prior Jeff Dahlin was called upon to fill the role of Senior Pastor.

As the church continued to grow, the goal was to have a permanent church home for the congregation. In 2005 by a unanimous vote, the church purchased real estate in Mason City off 12th Street NE. At the end of 2007, a church development company was engaged and plans were made for constructing a new building on the 12th Street property. With a change in the national economy, the plans for a new facility were put on hold.

Through God’s faithfulness an opportunity arose to purchase an existing building in downtown Mason City (formerly the Elks Lodge) in 2010. With God’s favour the building was purchased for a bargain price. With much time, effort and work of staff and many individuals from the congregation, the building was converted into a beautiful location with space for expansion of worship, discipleship ministries for all ages, fellowship and missions’ activities. The first Sunday in the renovated facility was on November 13, 2011 with approximately 383 in attendance