About Us


About JustChurch

Welcome to JustChurch. At JustChurch, we believe to know Jesus is to do justice.

We are committed to being an antiracist church in our understanding of systemic injustices and in fighting for inclusion and participation of all peoples.

In Jesus Christ, and therefore in this place, 
there are no outsiders or insiders. 
Be welcome in the fullness of who God created you to be. 
We endeavor to become people of every race and ethnicity, 
sexual orientation and gender identity, 
economic class and age, 
come in the fullness of your real life and receive the fullness of hope in Christ. 
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JustChurch is intentionally focused on worship steeped in ancient Christian tradition expressed in new, simple ways, without building ownership, standing committees, etc. JustChurch is a refuge to those who seek to express faith for good in a community of inclusion and who feel left out of current institutional religion. Since JustChurch wants money to do the most good it can do, it strives to be an 80/20 worshipping community (dedicating 80% of its income for maximal impact on justice while using 20% to cover intentionally low operating costs).



Rev. Jan Schnell Rippentrop 


 Rev. Jan Schnell Rippentrop Rev. Dr. Jan Rippentrop Schnell is a liturgical and political theologian. Trained as a Lutheran pastor as well as practical theology and ethics professor, she is the Assistant Professor of Liturgics at Wartburg Theological Seminary, a place that practices into becoming beloved community. She also teaches in the DMin in Preaching Program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Much of her academic writing works against oppression and toward liberation. She studies good anger--in particular, women's anger at violations of values along with the healthful and just paths by which people can work with their anger in order to calibrate it toward the communal level and bring about social transformation. She is also interested in how eschatology—God’s coming that breaks into the world—liberates people to hope in and work toward the justice that God creates. In her teaching, preaching and research, she is committed to interdisciplinarity, theories that have street cred, and pedagogies or methodologies that recognize the inherent value and wisdom that each participant brings. A conference speaker and preacher, she delights in God’s spirited movement in the fabric of our daily lives and on the streets of our public spaces. Schnell and her family live dependent on solar energy, where they steward and help restore a natural Iowa prairie. They share interests in music, reading, theater, and playing outside. Rev. Rippentrop and her family live on an acreage that is off the grid, where they are restoring a natural Iowa prairie. They share interest in music, reading, theater, and playing outside.


Rev. Sarah Goettsch 


Rev. Sarah Goettsch Rev. Sarah Goettsch is a native Iowan, having been born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa. She attended the University of Tubingen in Germany and graduated from Valparaiso University in 1994. She graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2001, with a Master’s of Divinity degree. Rev. Goettsch served a two-point rural parish in Calamus, Iowa, from 2001 till 2014. She now serves as campus pastor of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa and Pastor of Young Adults and Campus Ministries at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Iowa City. Rev. Goettsch’s husband, Doug, is managing partner of Big Grove Brewpub in Solon, as well as partner in Big Grove Taproom, Pullman Bar and Diner and St. Burch restaurants in Iowa City. They live in North Liberty with their three sons.


JustFriends 


These wonderful affiliates, organizations and individuals have been instrumental in the launching and continued growth of JustChurch. We are very thankful for them.