In The Beginning…
In 1995, five families who moved to Becker from other communities met together and asked God if they should plant a new Evangelical Free Church. Once convinced that God was giving them the green light, they decided to jump through the hurdles, and in September of 1996, Becker Evangelical Free Church was birthed.
They began holding weekly church services at the Becker Elementary School. For the first year this fledgling group was without a pastor but managed to find speakers for 52 Sundays. Exactly one year after holding the first public service, pastor Dave Van Wingerden, with his wife Cherie, came on board as the full-time Senior Pastor.
Quickly, the church began to expand, and in March of 1998 the membership ratified their constitution and became an official member of the North Central District of the Evangelical Free Church of America. September 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the church.
In November of 2007, BEFC purchased 21 acres of land, which includes a beautiful home that was converted to offices. A Design Build Team was consulted to help us design a building to, one day soon, be built on this property.
Pastor Dave Van Wingerden “retired” in 2012 and moved to Haiti where he worked for 2 years with Jesus In Haiti Ministries. After which he returned to the states and began serving churches through Interim Pastor Ministries.
In 2013 Patrick Drury was called to serve as Senior Pastor. In November 2014 we began holding worship services in the High School small auditorium. We celebrated God’s faithfulness to BEFC in January of 2019 as we announced we were debt free. We continue to meet in the Becker Public Schools we look at possible options for our future. We are blessed to see God’s gospel alive and working within our church to strengthen relationships and reconcile more and more people to God and one another through Jesus Christ!