Who We Are

We are a local assembly of people from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds united by a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the true way to find eternal life.  We call ourselves Christ's disciples because He has changed us, giving us a love for Him, for each other and for you.  We wish to reach our community and our world with the Good News.  We are associated with approximately 1500 other autonomous local churches in America called Evangelical Free Churches who are bound by ten basic Biblical beliefs and a passion to multiply disciples of Jesus Christ. We exist to glorify God and to benefit those outside the church who are seeking the peace and joy of a personal relationship with God.

Our Church History

A little over 65 years ago, a small group of families with a common heritage envisioned a church in this area that aligned itself with the Evangelical Free Church of America. On April 15, 1951, in River Edge, the first meeting was held in the American Legion Hall. They incorporated later that year in Cresskill with a membership of 34. 


They purchased the present property in 1952 and dedicated a building in April, 1954. The present sanctuary was completed in 1961, and the gym/educational wing came in 1968 with a congregation that grew to over 300 people The gym has always been a favorite for Vacation Bible School, children and youth activities and educational classes for Bible study and English as a second language. 


Presently, the building is being shared with a Korean Church as well as being used by sport and educational outreaches into our community.

Our Future

This is our future in the coming year: We want everyone who walks into our worship service to encounter our amazing God through the way we praise Him in blended worship music and passionate teaching from His revelation, the Bible. We want to expand our youth and student ministry by inviting college trained students to serve as interns under our leadership. We want to pour energy into helping the people in our community by expanding our ministries like "Grief-Share", ESL classes, home Bible studies, food pantries or clothing closets, and a deacon fund for those who need financial help and counsel. We want each disciple to be able to intentionally grow to the next level of spiritual maturity. We want members to be ministers who use their gifts to contribute to the health of the church body. We want each learner to someday be a leader who mentors others. We want everyone to have the privilege of hearing the Gospel presented in a clear way with an invitation to respond.

Staff

  • Interim Pastor Dwight Hodne

    Pastor Dwight Hodne brings experience as a shepherd and Bible teacher. His goal for the year of 2018 is to equip this flock with the tools to do the effective works of ministry inside and outside the church walls. One of his roles will be to lay a foundation that welcomes a new pastor to the staff by the end of this year. Together, Dwight and his wife Holly have raised three grown children and is 'grandparenting' eight grandchildren.

Our Team

  • Elders

    Edward & Andrew

  • Deacons & Deaconesses

    (From Top Left to Right): Ellen, June, Ralph, 

    Leslie, JoAnn, Bill, Nancy.

  • Worship Team

    From left to right: Harrison, Melissa, Kenny, Ryan, Scott, Ralph, Tonya, Kirsten, Beth.