Oskaloosa, Iowa is about an hour drive from Washington, Iowa, one of the farthest bus routes of our church. Currently, the bus route serves 5 communities every week. Marion Avenue currently uses one bus (number 557) to pick up on Sunday mornings.
Oskaloosa (North Side - North of Hwy 92 and University Park): 7:50am - 8:15am
Oskaloosa (South Side - South of Hwy 92): 8:15am - 8:40am
Rose Hill: 8:50am - 9:00am
Delta: 9:10am - 9:20am
Sigourney: 9:30am - 9:35am
Marion Avenue Baptist Church also serves many other communities in a portion of Southeast Iowa using the unique bus ministry.
These communities include: Washington, Iowa City, Muscatine, Columbus Junction, Mt. Pleasant, Fairfield, Ottumwa and West Liberty as well as other areas nearby these communities. Please call Marion Avenue Baptist Church toll free(855.825-4113) for free bus transportation every Sunday morning.
See more information about Marion Avenue Baptist Church here.
Brother Steve and Mrs. Steve took over the Oskaloosa bus route in September 2001.
On average, Brother Steve travels over 120 miles each Saturday to visit everyone on the bus route.
There have been many bus workers help them out on the bus route over the years. Kyla Nevins, Becky Hawkins, Anna Hawkins, Max Hawkins, Sharon Engel, Fritz Engel, Patricia Carroll, Leah Brown, Todd McIllville, Phillip Draper, Nicole Chmelar, Tiffany Chmelar, Stephen Swaffer, Rachael Swaffer, Michael Boos and family and Debbie VanVoltenberg. Currently we have Jacob Butler.
THE DRIVER: Currently we have Jacob Berg and Jeff Draper as bus drivers.
THE MEAL PREPARERS:
For 2017, there are 6 families that prepare breakfast and lunch meals for our bus route.
The Oskaloosa bus route has had 7 different buses over the years. 64, 57, 71, 72, 73, 77, 557 and currently 68.
One of the high days on the Oskaloosa bus route in the early years when Brother Steve first started was 11 riders.
Currently, the Oskaloosa bus route averages about 20 riders a week.
One of our highest days on the bus route was 134 riders in 2008 using 3 buses at one time.
In 2008, the Oskaloosa bus route brought 2,600 riders to church. (Calculated by adding the attendance each week.)