Pleasanton Evangelical Free Church​

"Planting, Growing, Harvesting Together"


ABOUT
EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF PLEASANTON

What a Mighty God We Serve!

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!


OUR
MISSION

Mission: We Exist to Glorify God by Teaching People to Love God Through the Bible, Caring for the Needy (Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually) and to Spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to All

OUR

VISION

Be a part of the Vision

Vision: We Strive to Glorify God by Being a Welcoming, Loving and Forgiving Family Building Strong, Supportive, Godly Relationships in Our Community and World As We Draw People to Jesus by Presenting Biblical Truths in a Relevant Way

OUR

PASSION

Keeps us Focused

Planting, Growing, Harevesting Together

 

From first being the visitors, knowing only the family who invited us and a few old friends,to months later going regularly and meeting more of the congregation each Sunday, the Pleasanton EFC feels like home. We enjoy the uplifting music choices and the ladies who lead them, getting time to greet one another each Sunday, and Pastor Chris's way of delivering his message with media selections and slides to lay scripture out clearly. Everyone is friendly and inviting and we are very thankful we were asked to come join!

~Emily


Elline invited us after we mention we needed a new church family. We were welcomed with open arms and smiles. My childhood hymns are sung as well as some of my favorite contemporary verses. This makes praising God so gratifying. The words of Yahweh perpetuates my heart and soul from sound Biblical teaching. The heartwarming prayers are like ones prayed around a Christian family table. A family simple in living, but Big in Love, faith, and giving sums up our church family. We love our family.


~Kim


OUR PASTOR

AT PLEASANTON EVANGELICAL FREE

Welcome, we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are carrying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds (the latter would be me). We welcome you if you can sing like Garth Brooks or if like me you, you can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you root for the Huskers or even some other team (though weren’t not sure why you wouldn't root for the Huskers). We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, bull-riders, farmers, ranchers, bankers, artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, grew up in the church and absolutely love it (that would be my wife) or you were checking your social media pages and wound up here by mistkae (or Divne providence). We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and most of all YOU! Come on by and introuduce yourself, I would love to meet you. We are just glad you made it!

6 PRINCIPLES WE LIVE BY

AUTHENTICITY:  We believe we can’t be what God has called us to be if we are not genuinely ourselves. We must be real with one another so that we make a connection with one another on a higher level.


BIBLICAL TRUTH: We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant truth and it’s the foundation to everything we do. 


COMMUNICATION: We seek to make biblical truth clear and relevant to your daily life. We seek to do that creatively, passionately and accurately.


LIFE TOGETHER: We aren’t interested in being a place where a lot of people get together for an inspiring service but never move beyond the casual, arm’s distance relationships of an auditorium.


INVOLVMENT: We seek every member’s involvement in every aspect of church life.

GROWTH: This is a safe place for everyone. But safe doesn’t mean comfortable. The answers aren’t always comfortable.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. " Jeremiah 29:11