Worship with Wellspring at the Thoreau Center

3500 Kingman Blvd - Des Moines  

 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mornings

Nursery available for ages 0-5

     Children's Church grades 1-5 (9 a.m.)    Youth Group grades 6-12 (9 a.m.)  

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Thoreau Center Door

Who are we? 

At Wellspring we value questions.

Wellspring Community Church is a faith community that has been reaching out to other progressive Christians for 23 years.  We believe in the historical Jesus who came to show people the way to God through love, forgiveness and inclusion.  We believe faith is not a doctrine but a transformative experience that shapes the lens by which we see and live our lives.  The teachings of Jesus and questions relevant to our current realities are integral to the culture of Wellspring.


We are a church without real estate.

For Wellspring, this means we desire to create a community that is fluid.  We meet on Sunday mornings to worship; to share our stories, renew our hope and vision for life and then to live into our understanding of faith in the community at large.

There is no building program; our by-laws provide that we will not own real estate. We choose to put our resources of time and money into action, rather than maintaining a building. We meet in a comfortable and inviting rented space, the Thoreau Center, where we can adapt our space as needed.

introducing our pastor

Wendy Musgrave, M.Div

Wendy Musgrave grew up in the friendly, rural town of Newell, Iowa. She now resides in Johnston with her husband Jon and their two daughters, Greta and Edie. Wendy earned her M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Before being called to serve as minster of Wellspring Community Church, she served as pastor for Centennial United Methodist Church in Altoona and creative director with Johnston River of Life. Wendy also serves as a commissioner on the Iowa Department of Human Rights Commission on the Status of Women, advocating for women and girls in Iowa.

In her first career, Wendy was a publication designer, designing magazines and books, creating projects, styling and art directing photo shoots. She has a passion for visual communication that speaks to the heart. Whether through the lens of her camera, the written word, or a visual combination of the two, Wendy finds life by immersing herself in the creative process.



Worship at Wellspring is a time to enter into the wisdom of God. We practice worship through reflection, song and shared conversation on the Biblical text of the day.  We are an inclusive community of faith, where all are welcome at the table of communion.  We invite everyone to enter the story of God where they are able.

Wayne Muller, in his book "Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight In Our Busy Lives," describes the purpose of Sabbath Worship:

Sabbath is more than the absence of work; it is not just a day off, when we catch up on television or errands. It is the presence of something that arises when we consecrate a period of time to listen to what is most deeply beautiful, nourishing, or true. It is time consecrated with our attention, our mindfulness, honoring those quiet forces of grace or spirit that sustain and heal us.

Please join us for Sabbath Worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.