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.
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".
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.
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."
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:
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,
"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
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.