Month: February 2018

Grace Baptist Church of Emmetsburg Welcomes Assistant Pastor

Grace Baptist Church welcomed Rob Tahtinen, his wife Stephanie, and their three children to Emmetsburg, Iowa, on December 4, 2017. Rob graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary (PA) in 2008 and is serving as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry. Before coming to Iowa, Rob served in churches in Michigan and South Carolina.

Rob and Stephanie met while they were camp counselors in Michigan and got married in 2006 at the same camp. In 2011, the Lord blessed them with their first child and then blessed them with more children in 2013 and 2017.

Rob has a passion for teaching the Word of God, equipping others for the Work of the Lord, sports, hunting, watching movies, and hanging out. He looks forward to getting to know the area of Emmetsburg and building relationships with those in the community both in Palo Alto and throughout the Iowa area.

Fun Fact: Rob was named after the founder of the GARBC.

Special Update – Russ Farrell

Retired pastor Russ Farrell entered heaven on February 8, 2018 after being diagnosed with bone cancer in January. Russ accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1938 at the age of 10 at Grandview Park Baptist Church. He committed his life to Christ in 1949 and graduated from Omaha Baptist Bible College in 1957. Russ, along with his wife, Merilyn, served the Lord in a variety of capacities including as Pastor at Adelphi Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Monroe, Knoxville Regular Baptist Church, Heritage Baptist Church in Moberly, Missouri and First Baptist Church in Prairie City. He also served as an interim Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Corwith. Russ founded Altoona Regular Baptist Church and Northwest Heights Baptist Church in Kansas. In retirement, Russ assisted his grandson at Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines. You can read the full obituary here.

Service Information:



Monday, February 12, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Altoona Regular Baptist Church
803 3rd Avenue SW
Altoona, IA 50009


Tuesday, February 13, 2018
11:00 am
Altoona Regular Baptist Church
803 3rd Avenue SW
Altoona, IA 50009