Pleasanton Evangelical Free Church (PEFC) began August 1981 as a home Bible study on Sunday evenings. By November, meetings moved into the old bank building in downtown Pleasanton. February 1982, Ralph Larson joined the team as part-time church planting pastor. Larson came from the Kearney Evangelical Free Church (EFC). This began our partnership with Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) as both Sumner and Kearney EFC served as supporting churches. The support saw fruit quickly as PEFC held its first baptism service that year along with the addition of children’s and women’s ministries. What a Mighty God we serve!
The very next year, already looking toward the future, the congregation purchased land for the future building. Pastor Roger Ellis was also called in 1983 as the church’s first fulltime pastor. On Thanksgiving Day, the congregation gathered at the building site to break ground and to celebration God’s blessing and provision. What a Mighty God we serve!
The community of Pleasanton has remained instrumental in the success of PEFC. In March 1984, the basement was poured with community help. By Thanksgiving the church’s constitution was completed and by December the congregation moved into completed building holding the first Sunday morning worship service. What a Mighty God we serve!
The congregation declared autonomy in February and in June of 1985 the congregation dedicated the building. Awana began in September 1985 and remains a vital ministry continuing to this day. February 1986 the District Superintendent of EFCA presented the church with a check that allowed the church to pay off it’s debt and become debt free! What a Mighty God we serve!
Transition and growth came with the end of one decade and the beginning of another. April 1990, God called Pastor Ellis to a new ministry in Topeka. KS. Amazingly by July God brought our second fulltime pastor, Brian Fugleberg. Through ladies Bible studies, group Bible studies, preschool, as well as other community activities, the Lord has helped us grow. What a Might God we serve!
Brian shepherded the flock at PEFC for fifteen years. We remain grateful for his ministry in Pleasanton. In 2005, Shortly after moving into the newly built parsonage, God called Pastor Brian, Nancy his wife and his family to Goodland, KS to serve as the church plant pastor of new EFC. Pastor Walter Watts served as interim pastor from October 2005 to March 2006. In June 2006, God called Tim Pearson as PEFC 3rd fulltime pastor. What a Might God we serve!
Late 2008 into 2009 marked another season of transition for PEFC. Pastor Tim resigned in December 2008 and in June 2009 David Oldham began as interim pastor. However, hearing God’s call, Dave transitioned into the 4th fulltime pastor in 2010. Pastor Dave resigned in 2013 and March 2014 Bob Pier began as interim pastor. What a Might God we serve!
That brings up to today, well almost. After a season of prayer and waiting on God, the Lord called Chris Boucher to serve as PEFC'S 5th fulltime pastor. Since accepting the call and preaching his sermon on October 4th 2015 God continues to be gracious to us. We are greatly anticipating what the Lord will do in our midst in the coming weeks, months and years. We would love for you to join us on the adventure of a lifetime. What a Might God we serve!