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ROCK OF AGES BAPTIST CHURCH. Rock of Ages began informally in 1979 with a group of AFRICAN AMERICANS from the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS who were accustomed to "down-home religion."

In 2006 the church could still not claim its own home. Worship was carried out in private homes, ST. MARK COMMUNITY CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE and for five years Loehe Chapel at WARTBURG THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. For seventeen years, Rev. John Young had driven from his home in Davenport for Sunday worship service and Wednesday evening choir practice and Bible study.

Although the congregation was predominantly African American, the church was open to all races.



Nevans-Pederson, Mary. "Praising the Lord," Telegraph Herald, February 4, 2006, p. 1D