Our Pastors

  • Haddon Anderson was raised in Watertown, MN where he attended the Evangelical Free Church with his family. His parents led him to the Lord at an early age, and he was called to full-time ministry at the age of 18. After attending seminary at The Bethlehem Institute in Minneapolis, MN and Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, he served as the Pastor of Worship Ministries for 3 years at his home church, Watertown EFC. In October of 2009 Haddon became the Senior Pastor of Garner Evangelical Free Church.

    Haddon is married to the love of his life, Karlyn, who grew up in St. Paul, MN, and spent a year and a half on the mission field in Guinea, West Africa. They have 4 very delightful and lively children. Their passion is to glorify God by enjoying Him, knowing Him, and making Him known.

  • Eric Williams, SuperMan husband to Amanda Williams and SuperHero dad to Aden and Avery Williams, started his childhood journey on a farm in Nevada Ia. Moving around central Iowa, Eric found himself longing for a family and a home. College found him wounded and confused, and after receiving the devastating phone call that his step-brother had been killed in a car accident, Eric was left wondering... Is there a God? If there is a God, why hasn't anyone ever told me about Him? If He does exist, would he accept me or reject me? Finding answers and truth to all of these questions led Eric not only to his Savior, Jesus Christ, but to his call to ministry in 1998. Eric was married to his wife Amanda in 1999 and they adopted their son Aden from Taiwan in 2005. Eric pursued youth ministry in Kansas City for 3 years. Eric and Amanda found themselves in Garner, Iowa adopting their daughter Avery from Taiwan in 2008 and have remained at GEF for the last 8 years. Eric has a heart for wondering students, and families trying to figure out how to keep it all together. Eric has a passion for healthy hearts and healthy homes.

Statement of Faith

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  • God

    1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
  • The Bible

    2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
  • The Human Condition

    3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
  • Jesus Christ

    4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel's promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
  • The Work of Christ

    5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
  • The Holy Spirit

    6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
  • The Church

    7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
  • Christian Living

    8. We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
  • Christ's Return

    9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
  • Response and Eternal Destiny

    10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Full Calendar

This Week...

Making room to make disciples

Every week, our church and body show evidence of God's blessing: an overflowing nursery, children everywhere, a large adult Sunday school class, a tremendous youth program and even the occasional weekday conflict in using the church building.
The purpose of the GEF Building Project Campaign is to provide a structure that will most effectively "make room to make disciples".

Project Details - Making room to make disciples

  • The Need

    Every week, our church and body show evidence of God's blessing: an overflowing nursery, children everywhere, a large adult Sunday school class, a tremendous youth program and even the occasional weekday conflict in using the church building.

    The purpose of the GEF Building Project Campaign is to provide a structure that will most effectively "make room to make disciples".

    How will this fulfill our vision?

    Glorifying God in our HEARTS... The extra room will provide a better platform to align our hearts with God's own heartbeat for making disciples.

    Glorifying God in our FAMILIES... The added Sunday school classrooms will help make our church a better place for our families to learn and grow.

    Glorifying God in our CHURCH... This ministry will Make Room to Make Disciples, effectively facilitating strong future growth.

    Glorifying God in our COMMUNITY... The expansion will give us extra space for people in our community to come and learn about Christ.

    Glorifying God in our WORLD... We intend to tithe 10% of the funds raised to raising churches up overseas.

  • Details

    3,500 sq ft wing to our existing building
    • Sunday school rooms
      • Build 5 new dedicated rooms
      • Utilize more 3 spaces on Sunday morning that don't exist today
      • Keep 3 existing spaces
    • Nursery - double in size
    • Youth room - 1 large room of 1,000+ sq ft
    Facilitate multiple activities at the same time
    Click here to see the floor plan. PDF version.
  • The Garner E-Free Church vision reads: Glorifying God in our Hearts, our Families, our Church, our Community and OUR WORLD.

    With that in mind, the Building Ministry is proposing to tithe 10% of funds collected toward raising up churches overseas. How many churches can we build in indigenous areas with only 10% of our building project funds? The answer is several.

    The concept of raising up churches overseas is brought to the forefront in 2 Corinthians 9:12. In this passage, God teaches us about being cheerful givers and shows us the goal of giving generously to believers in distant places: "For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God."

    Responsibilities

    The Church Body is responsible before God in determining gifting for the Building Ministry.

    The Building Ministry is responsible for clearly communicating the purpose and vision for the tithe.

    The Trustees are responsible for the timing & final distribution of tithe funds to the Missions Board.

    The Missions Board is responsible for executing the gift according to the Church's & Building Ministry's vision:

    • Providing follow-up to the body on the gift
    • Providing opportunity for the body to visit the gifted locales

  • I'm excited about the potential that "Making Room to Make Disciples" has for enhancing our church's ministry to children and youth. As you've probably noticed, almost one-third of our church family is under the age of 10. In the words of Psalm 78, we are responsible to "tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done... so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments." As our families continue to grow, and as we continue to reach out to the community, there is certainly a need for extra space in our facility for children to be taught the Word of God.

    In addition to the children in our midst, we can praise God that there are dozens of junior high and high school students involved in our church's youth ministry. These students are learning what it means to follow Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, how to live out their faith day to day, and by God's grace they're even reaching their friends with the Gospel. What a blessing it would be for these students to have a space of their own, a place to call "home" where they can learn and grow together here at Garner E-Free. Will you join me in having a growing excitement for "Making Room to Make Disciples," especially as we seek to minister to children and youth?

    For the faith of the coming generation,

    Pastor Haddon

Project Campaign - Making room to make disciples

  • "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."
    Malachi 3:10

    Yesterday

    Our story has a strong foundation of persistent prayer and dedication. We now benefit from the love and vision of others as we look forward.
    Yesterday

    We celebrate God's faithfulness and provisions: In 2004, forty to fifty attenders raised over $350,000 to construct the building that is our church. That period was marked by God's persistent faithfulness: donation of timely drywall, donated excavating, unity among those involved.

    But before that, God was also faithful in placing a vision on a few to build a Bible-centered church in Garner: the purchase of the property, Bible studies in homes, Sunday worship at schools & education centers.

    Today

    Our story continues today as we introduce people to Jesus, grow spiritually and serve God in our community and around the world.
    Today

    Did you know that the average attendance of the Garner E-Free church has TWICE the percentage of children as our surrounding community?

    We celebrate the blessings God has given us: Every week, our church and body show evidence such as an overflowing nursery, children everywhere, a large adult Sunday school class, a tremendous youth program and scheduling conflicts in using the church building.

    Tomorrow

    Our story becomes a dream for what God has ahead. We put these dreams in His hands and pray for what's beyond our imagination.
    Tomorrow

    We celebrate the VISION for the building ministry that God has granted us: Our vision is to further our ministry to children, infants & youth as they learn about God and the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that they follow Him joyfully as His disciples.

    Imagine

    Imagine celebrating God's new blessings: Sunday School rooms full of children learning His Promises, youth building up His Kingdom, multiple adult classes feeding upon His Word, and churches being built up overseas in His Name.

  • Invitation

    You are invited to seek the Holy Spirit's guidance in what He would have you give over the next three years to the Making Room to Make Disciples ministry campaign. Together, we are asking God to create a heart within us that is rich in generosity toward Him and His eternal work within others.

    Here is the key question to ask in prayer: What would the Lord have me give to the Building Ministry over the next three years?

    Ask yourself

    In seeking to understand and respond to His leading, consider the following questions:
    • Looking back, how have you seen God supply for you?
    • Do you see giving to the Lord as a blessing?
    • Would you take joy in being a conduit of God's supply?
  • Campaign team members

    Pastor Haddon Anderson
    Campaign Chair: John Howe
    Prayer: Deb & Ken Quintus (chair)
    Communications: Reid Weiland (chair), Stacie Englin, Amy Miller, Eric Williams, Erik Mullenbach, Jared Eakins, Steve Madsen
    Advanced Commitment: Greg Hall (chair)
    Special Events: Terry Baxter
    Stewardship Education: John Howe

    Campaign prayer team

    The Campaign Prayer Team would like to extend an invitation to everyone desiring to join in prayer. Beginning Monday, December 16th and on every 1st and 3rd Monday of each new month, the prayer team will meet at the church at 6:30 PM for 45 minutes.

    If you have any questions, please contact team coordinator Ken Quintus at 641-430-4536.

  • Planning My Gift

    Weekly Monthly Yearly 3-Years
    2.50 10 120 360
    5.00 20 240 720
    7.50 30 360 1,080
    10.00 40 480 1,440
    12.50 50 600 1,800
    15.00 60 720 2,160
    20.00 80 960 2,880
    25.00 100 1,200 3,600
    30.00 120 1,440 4,320
    40.00 160 1,920 5,760
    50.00 200 2,400 7,200
    75.00 300 3,600 10,800
    100.00 400 4,800 14,400
    150.00 600 7,200 21,600

    Creative Ways to Give

    Click here for a commitment card.
    1. Divert interest/gains from investments for the next three years.
    2. Sell toys, stored equipment, furniture, collectibles, jewelry, etc. or hold a garage sale (May 10th in Garner).
    3. Give up two lattes or eating out each week -this could add up to $1,500-2,000 over 3 years.
    4. Cancel or downsize satellite dish, memberships, etc or use the hot spot on your phone for a home internet connection.
    5. Go out to the movies at the Avery instead of Cinema West, and give savings (don't forget the gas) to campaign.
    6. Give appreciated stock, bonds, mutual funds, etc. and avoid the capital gains tax. Example: Stock that cost you $1,000 is now valued at $5,000. By donating this stock to the ministry, you avoid paying any capital gains tax on the $4,000 gain. In addition, you will receive a charitable tax deduction for the current value of the donated stock.
    7. If you are over 70.5, contribute from your IRA and forgo income tax on the part you give.
    8. Give with extra income from periodic increases in salary or bonuses from employers.
    9. Commit unexpected cash from inheritance, unanticipated cost savings, etc.
    10. Redirect present expenditures such as continuing to drive current car after paid off or tuition as a child graduates from college.
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Contact Us

Location

580 Hwy 18 East
Garner, Iowa 50438

Tel: 641.923.6092

Church Email: garnerefree@gmail.com
Pastor Haddon: GEF.Pastor@gmail.com
Pastor Eric: ewilliams1977@gmail.com

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