bill dobson


Interested in Lead Pastor & Teaching Pastor Positions


Name: Bill Dobson

After 20 years of serving on staff at a great and growing church, it is my sincere prayer that God would lead me to a church where my gifts and experience will be useful to lead the church and where we can grow together and effectively reach the world around us. 

Faith Baptist Theological Seminary
Ankeny, IA
Master of Divinity
Magnum Cum Laude
2001 Received the Preaching Award

Faith Baptist Bible College
Ankeny, IA
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies
1997 Received the Excellence in Theology Award Received the Excellence in Christian Service Award

I have served at Capitol City Church in Des Moines, IA, since 1993, first as a volunteer, then as a paid staff member. Under the leadership of three different Pastors, I have served in a variety of positions (Children’s Pastor, Associate Pastor, Ministry Pastor, Family Pastor, Interim Pastor) and ministries. 

Capitol City Church (formerly Capitol City Baptist Church) is an independent Church affiliated with the Baptist Bible Fellowship. The attendance was around 300 when I first joined the staff, and grew to over 800. After a recent change in pastors, the church is currently running around 700, with four full-time pastors and eight part-time employees. We have three Sunday morning services, Wednesday night ministries, and other events and activities for fellowship, growth and outreach. 

Family Ministry My primary ministry at Capitol City has been working with kids and families. This includes direct ministry with kids through teaching and events, and indirect ministry through overseeing many great volunteers in Kids Church, Sunday School and AWANA. I also lead two part-time employees in our Early Childhood ministry. 

Pastoral Care One of my favorite aspects of ministry is pastoral care. I believe it is a privilege to be present for people as they go through big moments in their lives. During my time at Capitol City I have had the opportunity to welcome new guests, visit the elderly, make hospital visits and officiate at many weddings and funerals. 

Preaching and Teaching I enjoy preaching and teaching the Word of God to adults, and have had many opportunities to participate in that ministry. I have taught our Senior Citizens’ Class, Men’s Bible Study and a class for our Sunday School Teachers. I have facilitated sessions of Financial Peace University and The Truth Project. I have also served as the relief preacher for our Lead Pastors when they were on vacation or needed a break. To see examples of my preaching, go to and click on the Watch tab. Then scroll down to January 7, 2018. Or scroll further to most Sundays in 2016. 

Interim Pastor During two church transitions I have served as Interim Pastor. The first time began as I was finishing seminary in 2001. The second time was in 2016. Both times I met with the deacons on a regular basis, preached on Sunday mornings (multiple services), worked with the staff to prepare for Sunday mornings and special events, and offered the church stability and leadership through difficult situations. 

Outreach Events I have led many outreach efforts of our church, from big events like the Easter EGGstravaganza, Pumpkin Party and Vacation Bible School, to smaller local community outreaches. 

Small Group Ministries I have overseen our small group ministries, including Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) and Community Life Groups (CLGs). For ABFs (which meet weekly at church), I met with leaders, helped with hospitality and promotion, and provided curriculum and substitute teaching. For CLGs (which met monthly for nine months a year in homes), I recruited leaders and hosts, organized groups, and provided curriculum. 

Global Missions I have always had a strong heart for Global Missions. I have participated in four missions trips overseas, serving as the leader of two of those trips. I recently created a Missions Team which has the responsibilities of making missions spending recommendations and promoting missions within our church. 

Youth Ministry After our church had a couple of rough situations with youth pastors, our Lead Pastor asked me to run our Youth Ministry so he could have time to really search for and evaluate our next youth pastor prospect. Although this was a brief time (about seven months), I learned a lot about this area of ministry in the church. I taught the youth on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, planned activities and took them to an evangelistic conference. Working with youth is not my strength, but during my time in that position, God blessed and the ministry grew. 

Other Experiences I have had the chance to lead a Noah’s Ark musical (with live animals and a great choir and cast). I have been involved with the marketing of our church, creating informational pamphlets and booklets, creating newspaper ads and roadside banners. I have also made booklets for special events (Christmas, Easter) and Missions Conferences. I have had the opportunity to do some counseling with couples and with kids. I was involved at the design level of our Student Center building project and our major remodel of our Early Childhood area.