About us

Mission
Knowing and Showing God’s Love - John 3:16
Vision

Garner Evangelical Free Church is a…

God Glorifying - Romans 11:36

    • God Himself defines what His “glory” means in Exodus chapters 33 and 34. Defining His glory reveals what it means for us to glorify God.  

  • Disciple-making - Matthew 28:19-20

    • We have received one command: to make disciples. Disciples have three characteristics: they abide in Jesus’ word, they love one another, and they bear lasting fruit. The one command has three parts: 1) to Go; 2) to Baptize; 3) to Teach.

  • Grace-oriented - Ephesians 2:8-9

    • The imperative to “go to Him outside the camp” reminds us to be not unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14 - 17); following the example of the first century Jews, we also are to separate from the cultural corruptions of Christianity. But even more importantly, the image of Jesus "outside the camp" reminds us to follow His example of seeking and saving the lost, including those rejected and marginalized by the dominant culture.

  • United fellowship - Ephesians 4:1-7

    • The "Therefore" of Ephesians 4:1 refers to all of Ephesians chapters 1- 3; on the basis of all that God has done, we are to walk worthy of our calling. Our calling is a calling from this sinful world, to spiritual promises, and together with other believers. Walking worthy requires humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and eagerness to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

  • That seeks to serve others - Luke 22:27, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

    • Serving others happens not through the exercise of power, intimidation, coercion, and edict, but through humility, sympathy, service, example and precept.

  • As the body of Christ - Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 2:27

    • God has provided the means to attain unity and maturity in the church through gifts of ministry offices in the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers. Through the exercise of these gifts, the church builds itself up in love, grows to spiritual maturity, and achieves unity in diversity.

Meet Our Staff:
Dr. David Wick

Interim Pastor

Dr. David H. Wick serves  GEFC under the auspices of Interim Pastor Ministries.  He served five churches - in Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, and the Twin Cities -  during his 45 years in the North American Baptist Conference.  He served as interim pastor at First Baptist of Spencer, IA (2016 - 2017); Kerkhoven Evangelical Free Church in Kerkhoven, MN (2017 - 2018); Mountain View Baptist Church in Spearfish, SD (2018 - 2019); and Neighborhood City Church (EFCA) in La Crosse, WI (2019 - 2020).  He has degrees from the University of Minnesota (B.A., 1967); Sioux Falls Seminary (M.Div., 1970); and Bethel Seminary (D.Min. 1999).  He and his wife Patricia have been married for 55 years and have one son and three grandchildren. David and Pat make their permanent home in West St. Paul, MN.  His "Devotional Guides to the Psalms", completed as a result of 45 years of preaching on the Psalms, may be found at devotionalguidetothepsalms.wordpress.com. His hobbies include reading and collecting the works of American humorists, cycling, playing guitar, and following local high school sports.

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Jesse Thompson

Pastor of Youth + Family Life

Jesse Thompson grew up in a small town in south/central Nebraska. Once he moved out, he spent 5 years in Omaha and Kansas City. He graduated from Calvary University in Kansas City with a degree in Bible and Youth Ministry. He and his wife Carissa moved to Garner in May of 2021. He enjoys building relationships with students and working with them on a personal level. His hobbies range from hunting and fishing to frisbee golf and coffee shops.

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Brooke Banse

Office Manager

Brooke Banse is the Office Manager of GEFC. She has been married for 15 years to Josh Banse and they have one son, Kadyn. Brooke enjoys going to sporting events, spending time with family and friends, and helping out with activities at the church and in the community.  Brooke has been part of the GEFC family for about 10 years and served on the Women's ministry board for 6 years; she currently serves on the Christian Education board. As office manager she helps with communication, provides support as needed for the pastors, elders and any other ministries that may need help, and reaches out to members who are in need.  She says "It's a joy to serve the church!"