The Centrality of God's Word
Everything we believe, teach, and attempt to live by is based on the Bible as the inspired Word of God.
We believe worship style should reflect the culture, without sacrificing character. We try to maintain a balance between traditional hymns and modern choruses, in an atmosphere that avoids being overly sloppy on the one hand, and overly stuffy on the other.
We believe in a living and active God who truly cares about the needs of His people. Prayer is the lifeline to our Heavenly Father, so we emphasize it in everything we do, whether the Sunday morning service, small groups, or personal decision making.
Intentional Disciple Making
The one "Great Commission" to the Church is to "Go. . .and make disciples of all the nations." We do this by maintaining a strong Bible-teaching ministry, small group gatherings, and a missional mindset to reach the lost in our community and around the world.
Ministry To Others
As a local church body, we want to show the love of God to a lost and dying world. We do this in the form of work projects, almsgiving, helping hands ministry, and generally being sensitive to any opportunities the Lord presents to us.
“ A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God. ”- Ravi Zacharias
What is Evangelical Free?
The term "Evangelical Free" refers to our denomination, The Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). The EFCA was created in 1950 and consists today of about 1,500 churches.
Although politics has tarnished the term Evangelical, we embrace the term as a principle that defines us as believers of the good news of the gospel. In fact, the English word "evangelical" comes from the Greek word evangel, meaning "to announce the good news." At FEFC, we are Evangelicals who define ourselves theologically, yet recognize our diversity politically, socially, and culturally.
The term Free refers to our form of church government. Although we are part of a denomination, we are independent in direction and free from a central controlling denominational body. Instead, we depend upon the active participation of pastors and members in the decisions and direction of our church.
For more information about the EFCA, please visit www.efca.org.
Dave has been in ministry for over 16 years in a variety of roles including children's pastor, worship pastor and senior pastor. Dave received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America. His heart is for relevant teaching that is true to the Scriptures and to build healthy disciples that will build healthy disciples. Dave is married to Sheri and they have 4 amazing kids. Together they enjoy camping, hiking and many other outdoor activities. In his free time Dave enjoys hiking, mountain and road biking, cross country and downhill skiing, trying to get his 4X4 stuck and drinking fine coffee.
Associate Pastor of Family Ministries
Cody oversees Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry at New Hope. He's passionate about helping the next generation develop a firm foundation of faith and a love for God that will carry into adulthood. He also has a desire to empower and equip parents and guardians to be the spiritual leaders of their households. Cody has a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and a BA in Biblical Studies from Grand Canyon University. He is married to Sam, an elementary teacher, and a (proud) Colorado native. Cody enjoys cycling, hiking, listening to excessive amounts of audio books, and spending time with his wife, dog, and friends in his downtime.
Connie Early & Lori McDermitt
Office Secretary & Financial Secretary
Connie has been the office secretary for New Hope since May of 2014. She resides in Cedaredge with her husband Tom and their "children", two Labrador Retrievers. She enjoys camping, gardening, spending time with family and friends, antique shopping and eating chocolate. Connie loves her job at New Hope because she has an opportunity each day to share Christ's love with her church family and any other soul who walks through her door.
Lori has lived in Cedaredge since 2001 with her husband Monty. Together they have three wonderful children and one fabulous granddaughter. They enjoy the great outdoors by shooting, fly fishing, backpacking, 4-wheeling and taking their two dogs for walks.
Lori has been the financial secretary since October of 2017 and began job sharing the church secretary position with Connie in September of 2018. She enjoys serving the Lord by serving her New Hope family.