MVP was contacted by a member of an Iowa church regarding unexplained activity that has occurred within the church. Reported occurrences include hearing footsteps in hallway upstairs and above sanctuary, a figure seen at the altar, thesound of children giggling, object manipulation, lights turning on and off in the nursery, the feeling of being pushed when upstairs, theelevator moving on its own and lighting up, and noises in the kitchen.
Temperature upon arrival was 18 degrees with an overcast sky. The moon phase was Full.
MVP arrived at the church at 6:30PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith in attendance. Several members of the church met the team at the church for interviews.
Following the interview and church tour, the members and their families left the premises with the investigation commencing around 8PM.
An EMF tour of the church concluded that there were no unusual electromagnetic fields
Command Center was set up in the coat room. The Night Owl DVR system was set up with one camera covering the sanctuary and a MiniDV camera set on the second floor covering the hallway, along with the geophone. A motion detector was set up at the altar along with an electromagnetic pump. There was a static voice recorder placed in the basement and two mobile voice recorders.
The investigation concluded around 11PM.
The team experienced some unexplained occurrences. Both Becky and Diana reported hearing a female moan and other noises in the nursery and second floor.. Diana reported hearing a voice on the second floor. All three investigators reported hearing unexplained sounds in the sanctuary. Becky experienced the elevator light turning on by itself without explanation. Both Becky and Bryce heard what they both described as organ music in the sanctuary. Bryce had reported that the DVR camera covering the sanctuary had moved on its own, however review determined that it was the camera refocusing.
This was the sound of a chair moving or something similar, heard by all three investigators.
This was a sound heard on both floors.
This was a female-sounding moan heard by both Diana and Becky in the nursery.
This possible organ music was captured in the sanctuary and heard by both Becky and Bryce.
An unknown noise captured in the sanctuary.
An unknown voice captured on the second floor and heard by Diana.
No video evidence was captured.
MVP believes it was both an honor and privilege to be invited to investigate a church that still has an active congregation, as some denominations don’t necessarily believe in the paranormal and/or have different views about it. Being the first church the team has investigated, we didn’t know what we were walking into, but it was an experience worth while. While we didn’t experience any of the reported claims, we did experience some activity that has definitely opened us to a return investigation, should it be requested. We would like to get to the bottom of what could possibly be causing the activity in this beautiful building, and maybe even have a few members of the church join us.
Case Status: OPEN